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A majority of Asian Americans blame Trump, not the GOP, for rise in discrimination, survey finds

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While discrimination against communities of color can be traced back to the beginning of the United States, a recent rise in discrimination and hate is considered an outcome of the Trump administration’s xenophobic rhetoric.

From the first day of Donald Trump’s time in office, he spread nothing but negativity and hate toward people of color. After the first case of the novel coronavirus was found in the U.S., Trump continued to blame the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, resulting in a surge in hate crimes nationwide. According to a new poll, AAPI people acknowledge Trump’s hateful rhetoric and blame him for a rise in discrimination against their communities.

Conducted by Politico/Morning Consult, the survey found that 71% of AAPI adults said Trump is a major or minor reason for hostility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies found that COVID-19-related social media posts with anti-Asian rhetoric increased dramatically after Trump began blaming China for the pandemic. His spread of COVID-19 misinformation and use of xenophobic language like “Chinese virus,” “Wuhan virus,” and “Kung flu” have been connected to a rapid surge in hate crimes nationwide, including increasing already present anti-Asian hate in some communities. As people........

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