George Takei Recalls Chilling Impact Donald Trump’s Racist Slurs Had On Asian Americans

The "Star Trek" actor said the former president's rhetoric sent "a chill" through his community and across the country.

Former President Donald Trump’s use of racist slurs to describe the coronavirus sent “a chill” through the Asian American community, actor George Takei recalled on Friday.

“Immediately, it’s a chill that goes out into the community. Or worse, it’s a frigid cold that goes out,” the “Star Trek” star told MSNBC’s Katy Tur.

“I mean, I’m not likely to be targeted,” Takei acknowledged. “But we have grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and we are concerned.”

“It’s a chill that goes out throughout the country,” he added.

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Earlier in the interview, which centered on this week’s killing of six women of Asian descent at Atlanta-area massage parlors, Takei said he believed that the role of the president is critical to debunking harmful stereotypes about Asian Americans.

Biden’s condemnation of anti-Asian racism “is in dramatic contrast to the has-been, gone president who continued to play to the ignorant and the racists in America by continuing to refer to the coronavirus as the ‘China flu’ or ‘kung flu,’” said Takei.

“Some are led by the masses,” Takei added. “Others truly lead and educate and enlighten, and that’s what President Biden is doing.”

Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and use of racist epithets throughout the pandemic to distract from his administration’s mishandling of the crisis “likely perpetuated racist attitudes,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. STOP AAPI HATE last year said Trump was the top “superspreader” of anti-Asian racism.

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