Meghan McCain Apologized for Defending Trump’s Use of ‘China Virus’ After John Oliver Called Her Out

On Monday’s episode of “The View,” Meghan McCain apologised for defending President Trump and others who used racist, anti-Asian names for the new coronavirus and COVID-19.

“I condemn the deplorable violence and bigotry that has been levelled towards the Asian-American community,” McCain wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s racist speech is clearly to blame for many of these attacks, and I sincerely regret contributing in any way to his goal.

This past year, Trump repeatedly used the terms “China virus,” “Chinese virus,” and “kung fever,” all of which have been linked to an increase in anti-Asian animosity.

Over the past year, there has been a sharp rise in reports of acts of hate and discrimination directed at Asians in the United States.

Last week’s shooting spree in three massage parlours in the Atlanta region, in which eight people were killed, primarily Asian women, brought the issue to the forefront of the nation’s attention.

Why Meghan McCain is Defending 

The 36-year-old conservative, whose late father was Arizona senator and Trump foe John McCain.

Stated a year ago that the 45th president was within his rights to use the phrase “China Virus,” given the pandemic is believed to have begun in Wuhan, China, in late 2019.

McCain is reconsidering her stance now because of the epidemic of violence against Asian-Americans.

Even though some of McCain’s Twitter followers criticised her for backtracking when she was called out by Oliver, others applauded her for doing so.

On March 18, 2020, McCain stated that placing blame on China was an acceptable course of action, a view that was held by many.


Last week on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver brought up the fact that Senator McCain had previously said she didn’t “have a problem with people calling [COVID-19].

Whatever they want,” despite concerns that the term “the China virus” Trump used in 2020 would lead to an increase in anti-Asian sentiment.

McCain further elaborated at the time, “It’s a lethal virus that did originate in Wuhan. This is something I don’t have a problem with.

McCain tweeted “Stop Asian Hate” in the days leading up to the Last Week Tonight programme.

And he also criticised the Atlanta police for “providing cover” to the shooter who killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, by suggesting he had a “poor day.”