President Donald Trump’s speech at the White House to repeal Obamacare
may irritate many Americans, but it is potentially racist moments like
ignoring two little Asian girls who support him are upsetting many
The President, who blasted the Affordable Care Act, also known as
Obamacare, at the White House on July 24, met with families who
described themselves as “victims of Obamacare” before his speech. A live
video broadcasted by ABC News showed the president bending down to shake
the hand of a white boy and then going directly to another white boy on
the other side—bypassing two Asian girls standing in the middle, the
only non-white representatives at the scene.
Though U.S. mainstream media has largely ignored the incident, some
eagle-eyed Chinese have posted the video online, calling Trump a racist.
As of press time, around 7,000 netizens have participated in a heated
discussion of the incident on Sina Weibo, expressing different opinions.
“I think people are exaggerating things. It seems that the president had
no intention to shake hands with anyone, but the white boy took the
initiative and stretched out his hand to Trump, so it happened. I don’t
think this is racism,” a netizen wrote.
But most Chinese netizens had a different opinion.
“Stop making excuses for him. Out of five kids standing in the front
row, he only ignored the two Asian girls. He even shook hands with the
third white boy. And besides, he is known for his racist remarks,” a
“I feel sad for the poor Asian girls, as they were staring at the
president the entire time, likely hoping to shake hands with him too.
Maybe the president is selectively blind, or perhaps he thinks only
white people deserve his attention,” said another netizen.