After eight folks have been killed within the Atlanta space final week — together with six girls of Asian descent — Meghan McCain, cohost of “The View,” expressed remorse about her earlier feedback that supported former President Trump’s anti-Asian rhetoric.
“STOP ASIAN HATE” she tweeted Wednesday, punctuating her message with three broken-heart emojis.
Thousands responded to her publish with likes. But for TV host John Oliver, who opened Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” by inserting the shootings within the context of anti-Asian racism in U.S. historical past, McCain’s actions rang hole.
Pointing to a clip from a March 2020 episode of “The View,” wherein McCain mentioned she had no drawback with then-President Trump referring to COVID-19 because the “China virus,” the British comic mentioned McCain’s publish was “a fine sentiment to throw up on Twitter after the fact.”
“But there has to be an understanding that saying, ‘I don’t have a problem with calling it the China virus’ is very much giving space for that hate to grow,” Oliver added.
I condemn the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian-American community. There is no doubt Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric fueled many of these attacks and I apologize for any past comments that aided that agenda.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 22, 2021
His segment prompted McCain to issue a statement Monday morning.
“I condemn the reprehensible violence and vitriol that has been targeted towards the Asian-American community,” she wrote in a message shared on Twitter. “There is no doubt Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric fueled many of these attacks and I apologize for any past comments that aided that agenda.”
Last 12 months, whereas Trump used phrases like “Wuhan virus” and “kung flu” at information conferences and marketing campaign rallies, McCain made gentle of the difficulty, suggesting that liberals have been being overly delicate of their criticism.
“I think if the left wants to focus on PC-labeling this virus, it is a great way to get Trump re-elected,” she said.
“I don’t have a problem with people calling it whatever they want. It’s a deadly virus that did originate in Wuhan.”
Even back then, others saw it differently.
Following last week’s spa shootings in Georgia, author R.O. Kwon penned a letter to Asian women in Vanity Fair, recalling how harmful Trump’s rhetoric had been.
“I wept, as many of you did, the day last March when the previous president started calling it a ‘Chinese virus,’ she wrote, “because we knew exactly what would happen as a result, the hatred those paired words would incite.”
After an official described the Atlanta shooter’s decision to kill eight people as “a really bad day for him,” McCain once more took to Twitter. “You know who it was additionally a foul day for?” she wrote March 17. “The eight folks and their households who this man killed!”
“Stop giving radicalized white men different allowances than any of us would have,” McCain added. “When I have a bad day, I eat ice cream and watch Tommy Boy, not gun down innocent people. Bullsh—!”
Amid an increase in violence in opposition to Asians and Asian Americans, Hollywood voices have rallied behind the #StopAsianHate marketing campaign. Actor Daniel Dae Kim has been significantly vocal, testifying final week at a congressional listening to on anti-Asian hate incidents within the U.S. And “Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh participated in a rally over the weekend.
“For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful for everyone willing to listen,” Oh mentioned at Saturday’s demonstration in Pittsburgh.
“As Asian Americans, we just need to reach out our hand to our sisters and brothers and say, ‘Help me and I’m here.’”
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.