Obama administration used ‘racist’ pun ‘kung flu’ in multiple official campaigns
By Victor Morton – The Washington Times – Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The purportedly-racist pun “kung flu” was used in official campaigns by government agencies under President Barack Obama.
In 2015, two government hospitals used forms of the pun, for which liberal commentators and White House reporters have excoriated the Trump administration, as part of anti-flu campaigns.
On Wednesday, in response to a transcript of President Trump by a CNN “fact-checker” Twitter account, the Trump campaign responded with an image of a masked airborne ninja and the words “Become a Kung Flu Fighter! Get Your Flu Shot!”
“An official Obama-Biden Administration document,” the Trump War Room said.
The War Room account also linked to a Fox News report on not only that image — from the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System’s official website in 2015 — but a “kung flu” image from the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Washington state from that same year.
“Kung Flu — Knock it out before it knocks YOU out!” declares the flyer, accompanied by a gi-clad monkey and a virus apparently dazed from the beating the monkey put on him.
Numerous reporters — most recently CBS reporter Weijia Jiang at a Monday White House press briefing — have flatly called the term “racist” while demanding to know why Mr. Trump has used it.