Photo of Trump's Coronavirus Press Conference Notes Show He Crossed Out 'Corona' and Wrote in 'Chinese' in Sharpie

Months ago, the scandal of the week from President Donald Trump was when he used a permanent marker to edit the path of a hurricane that he then presented to millions of Americans in the Oval Office. He made the edit in order to claim he was right in erroneously claiming a few days before that Hurricane Dorian was heading to Alabama.

That wasn't the start of the President's love affair with permanent markers. He's become infamous for signing legislation with them and making ostentatious notes with them.

These notes are often bold and simplistic enough that any professional photographer can capture what they say.

Such was the case with the President's latest briefing on the COVID-19 cases sweeping across the United States.

There have been over 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19—or coronavirus—in the United States since Trump dismissed the threat posed by the virus as a hoax last month.

Since then, schools across the country have been shut down, as well as restaurants, bars, churches, and other non-essential businesses.

But rather than prioritizing a response that will assure the nation in one of its most trying times in recent memory, the President has begun repeatedly referring to COVID-19 as "Chinese Virus," in a move that's worsened an uptick in attacks on Asian Americans since the virus first emerged in Wuhan, China.

Asian Americans are no more at risk for the virus than other Americans residing in the United States, nor does being of Asian descent make one more susceptible to catching the virus.

Nevertheless, it doesn't look like the President intends to give up yet another racist dog whistle for his base to applaud.

The notes from today's press briefing were there in black and white.

Yes, Trump had crossed out the "Corona" in "coronavirus," and replaced it with "Chinese."

People were livid at the President's insistence on using racism to distract from his own failures during a pandemic that's upended everyday life for Americans across the country.

People saw it for what it is:

This Twitter user speaks for many:

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As more information becomes available regarding the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans in hard-hit areas to begin wearing cloth masks to cover their faces.

Unlike medical professionals, who need N95 masks (of which there is a shortage) when treating virus patients, average Americans can wear makeshift cloth masks that block the saliva droplets through which the virus is spread.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.

It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.

The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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In the face of the global pandemic that's killed over 5000 Americans, President Donald Trump is still expressing reluctance to employ federal powers to assist states hardest hit by the virus.

Among the most urgent of obstacles some governors are facing is a shortage of crucial medical equipment—including ventilators—often needed to treat the highly contagious respiratory virus.

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The respiratory virus that's ballooned into a global pandemic and brought daily life in the United States to a halt has carried another chilling side effect with it.

Because the virus originated in Wuhan, China, anti-Chinese hysteria has sprouted up across the country. These racist flames have only been stoked by President Donald Trump, whose insistence on calling it "Chinese virus" corresponded with an uptick in hate crimes and harassment of Asian Americans across the across the United States, regardless of their country of origin or ancestry.

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Even in the face of a national health crisis that threatens hundreds of thousands of American lives, President Donald Trump has consistently signaled that he's incapable of rising to the urgency of the moment, choosing instead to pick fights with governors over Twitter and to brag about the ratings of his press briefings.

That string of behavior continued with a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which read more like one of the President's Twitter screeds than a letter from the President of the United States.

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The internet is flooded with messages of support for Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who commands the 5000 person crew of the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that was recently forced to dock in Guam.

Crozier sent a letter to the Navy this week begging for additional supplies and resources to aid the 93 people on the Roosevelt who tested positive for the virus that's become a global pandemic, as well as facilities for the additional 1000 people who need to be quarantined.

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