Todd Warns Critics To not Bash Genocidal China as ‘Rivalry Heats Up’
Chuck Todd, NBC Political Director, ended Sunday’s Meet the Press by demanding that people, especially “elected officials,” not criticize or beat up genocidal China as their “rivalry” with the United States “intensifies”. Of course, this came as a network smeared false claims of racism on a Georgia sheriff after the gunfights at Asian spas in the Atlanta area by an apparent sex addict.
As the show closed, Todd led his panel in a final discussion on the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, with his demands against legitimate criticism of China as the keystone:
Well look, unfortunately I don’t have any more time. And all these elected officials, when they talk about China, the country as a rival and opponent of that country, pay attention to your words. That is also important. I know there is a great fear that as the rivalry with China increases, these hateful incidents will increase here too.
The attacks on Americans from Asia were horrific and tragic, but asking that people not criticize or speak harshly about a country that is actively committing Uighur genocide was ridiculous. Proclaiming the atrocities in China was not tantamount to inciting hatred here at home.
How NewsBusters previously reportedNBC participated in a misinformation campaign suggesting it was racist to simply acknowledge the fact that the pandemic began in China. When Correspondent Blayne Alexander smeared Georgia Sheriff Captain Jay Baker over a social media post on Thursday, he falsely suggested he was “racist” and “anti-Asian” by sharing a picture of a novel shirt that the virus came from China.
Just before Todd made his comments, Nevada independent editor Jon Ralston blamed former President Trump for the violence because he would say precisely that the pandemic began in Wuhan, China:
You know, Eddie [Glaude] said there is a through line in this program. I think it’s important that words matter, Chuck. And while this existed long before Donald Trump, the fact that he had a total lack of empathy during COVID and was so desperate to shirk political responsibility that he kept using phrases like “the China virus” to refer to these issues have clearly tightened based on the stats you just posted there, Chuck.
These attacks were reported to have taken place in liberal cities and many of the attackers were from other minorities. In fact, Todd even admitted that attacks took place on the “West Coast,” where “the Asian-American population is larger and more integrated and we have seen these hate crimes out there too.”
Again, the facts were condemned by Princeton University professor and racing lure Eddie Glaude. According to him, the attacks were a symptom of the “Panic about the white of this country. “We have to understand that in this context,” he said to Todd.
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The transcript is below, click “Expand” to read:
NBC’s Meet the Press
March 21, 2021
11:24:44 a.m. East
CHUCK TODD: Eddie, I think this week was one of them – you know, the Asian-American community has been talking about this for basically a year since the pandemic started. And the rest of the collective political intelligentsia really needed attention, alas after this week’s tragedy.
EDDIE GLAUDE: Right. I mean, look, this community has always had to grapple with two kinds of conflicting terms: they are viewed as an exemplary minority and a permanent alien. And we see, when there are these moments of crisis in the country, the idea that they are permanent foreigners exposes them to some kind of attack.
Let me say there is a run through the show today. From immigration to voting rights to DNI reports so far. This line of passage is that kind of panic about the white of this land. And I think that’s – we have to understand that in that context, Chuck.
TODD: Jon Ralston, who is on the west coast, certainly has a larger and more integrated Asian-American population, and yet we’ve seen these hate crimes out there too.
JON RALSTON (The Nevada Independent): We did, Chuck. And it’s all very worrying. And although, as you have pointed out, it is unclear whether or not the Atlanta shootings were a hate crime. It is good that this discussion is taking place.
You know, Eddie said there was a continuity line in this program. I think it’s important that words matter, Chuck. And while this existed long before Donald Trump, the fact that he had a total lack of empathy during COVID and was so desperate to shirk political responsibility that he kept using phrases like “the China virus” to refer to these issues clearly tightened based on the statistics you just posted there, Chuck.
And no law will solve that. This is a place where I think Joe Biden and especially Kamala Harris can do a lot of good.
TODD: Now look, unfortunately I don’t have any more time there. And all these elected officials, when they talk about China, the country as a rival and opponent of that country, pay attention to your words. That is also important. I know there is a great fear that as the rivalry with China increases, these hateful incidents will increase here too.
That’s all we have today Thank you for watching.