The city of San Antonio, Texas, home to hard-left progressives like Julian Castro, and his twin brother, Joaquin, voted unanimously Thursday to denounce the use of terms like “Chinese virus” and “Kung Fu Virus.”
The effort to dissuade people from associating the novel coronavirus, which appears to have originated in Wuhan, China, with the Communist country is a common tactic on the left.
Prior to the vote, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to Twitter to call the ideological ploy by “triggered” liberals what it is: “NUTS.”
“This is NUTS,” Cruz tweeted. “SA City Council behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge, triggered by Chick-fil-A & the words ‘Wuhan virus.’ If they want to investigate someone, start with NYT & CNN who both repeatedly (and rightly) referred to it as “the Chinese coronavirus.”
This is NUTS. SA City Council behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge, triggered by Chick-fil-A & the words “Wuhan virus.” If they want to investigate someone, start with NYT & CNN who both repeatedly (and rightly) referred to it as “the Chinese coronavirus.” #NoSpeechPolice https://t.co/a10BZAvleQ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 7, 2020
Cruz was responding to a tweet from Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo, who called this “a Gestapo or Soviet move.”
A January 21 tweet from CNN shows the network calling COVID-19 the “new Chinese coronavirus” — this being before the Democratic Party issued its talking points.
Ironically, local NBC affiliate News 4 spoke of San Antonio’s resolution labeling the aforementioned terms as “hate speech” in the same breath as the city continues its fight “against the spread of COVID-19.”
As if speech control will mitigate the virus. A virus that originated in Wuhan. China.
As for Pags’ concerns, the resolution declared that San Antonio “will continue its efforts to protect residents and targets and victims of hate, and to prosecute and curb hate acts related to COVID-19 in partnership with nonprofit organizations, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, the San Antonio Police Department and other law enforcement partners.”
So, not only do stylists get put in jail for cutting hair in Texas, thanks to county judges, you may also find yourself being prosecuted for using the term “Kung-Fu Virus.”
To ensure there’s no mistaking that these are Democrats, the resolution encourages residents to rat on their neighbors to “help keep us all safe.”
“The City of San Antonio urges residents to join us in calling attention to these harms and denouncing hate to help keep us all safe during this unprecedented pandemic and beyond,” the resolution stated.
The resolution also denounced the “spread of misinformation related to COVID-19.” Given the city’s liberal make up, this is likely to mean any information not reported by CNN.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg sent a letter to council members before the vote, according to News 4.
“This coronavirus has held no regard for race, religion, creed, or political boundary,” he wrote. “As such, our efforts must meet the indiscriminate nature of COVID-19 with empathy and compassion for all our neighbors. I ask that you consider adopting the attached resolution – which declares that our COVID-19 response efforts will be free of hate and discrimination – at the next Council A-Session.”
As of this writing, Bexar County, which is where San Antonio is located, has had just 1,613 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 48 reported deaths.
Which means Democrats in the city have plenty of time to play politics.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, which suggests that folks are seeing the Democratic Party in all its glory, as a result of the “Chinese virus”, a term that quickly trended on Twitter:
SA City Council has been behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge for quite a while: Banning Chick-Fil-A from the airport, adding SOGI to the non-discrimination ordinance. SA Family Association’s website provides a good overview of council craziness. https://t.co/nQtCbILzZc
— Michael Bates 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇦🇺🇳🇿🇮🇪 (@BatesLine) May 7, 2020
This is ridiculous what’s next? HaS China gotten into that many pockets? Last I checked there was a thing called FREE SPEECH AND WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!
— Britt Britt (@BrittBr24099486) May 7, 2020
Then they shouldn’t allow Ebola to be calles Ebola! Or Chicken Pox to be calles Chicken Pox! That’s offensive to the Ebola river whose feelings might be hurt, same as Chickens.
— Zeb Posada (@zebposada) May 8, 2020
So glad this happened. I was actually considering San Antonio as a possible place to retire. These kinds of off-the-rails political correctness stories save me the headache of having to relocate after the fact when I find out they’re not right in the head.
— Michelle (@1Sweetness34) May 8, 2020
We are losing the TX that has been such a bright light for decades as Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio’s elected officials are now fully BLUE minded and like a cancer such will spread and TX will end up like CA, NY & etc.
— Jason Mallette (@jwmallette1) May 8, 2020
“Congress (and City Councils) shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” What is it that San Antonio City Council doesn’t understand? I find their edict most offensive and unlawful.
— Stu (@StuBarnes2) May 8, 2020
Wuhan is a city in China where, most agree, had a new strain of virus which caused a world wide epidemic. As long as I live, whenever discussing this tragedy, regardless of the audience, I will call it the WUHAN VIRUS. Arrest me😂
— Davis (@Velvetrabbit23) May 8, 2020
Even more reason to re-elect @POTUS Trump and every conservative Republican up and down the ballot. The Democrats have thrown in and now going full totalitarian, they’re making the former Soviet Union look moderate. They will be the worst of Marxist/Communism and Nazism combined.
— Wayne Ables (@Wayne_Ables) May 7, 2020
— T_Kats 💎🛡⚔️💎 (@Truetmoney) May 8, 2020
Democrats, that’s why.