By Taylor Pettaway, mySA.com / San Antonio Express-News
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had something to say after the San Antonio City Council passed a resolution condemning racism during the pandemic.
The city council voted Thursday night to reject the use of terms like “Kung Fu virus” and “Chinese virus” to refer to COVID-19, saying it encourages hate crimes against Asians.
“This is NUTS. SA City Council behaving like a lefty college faculty lounge, triggered by Chick-fil-A & the words ‘Wuhan virus.'” the senator wrote in a tweet Thursday night.
He continued to say that publications like the New York Times and CNN have referred to COVID-19 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
Many of Cruz’s followers echoed the senator’s sentiments, claiming the nicknames fall under free speech and condemning the resolution as being too politically correct.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, however, said the resolution came after an increase in racial hate crimes throughout the city since the pandemic started— aimed mainly at Asian Americans.
“We have a diverse mosaic of people here in San Antonio,” Nirenberg said at the meeting. “We want them to know, we want all of us to know that we stand side-by-side with everyone in this community and that we will call out racism and bigotry and hate speech when we see it, especially if it’s taking advantage of a pandemic.”