“Our children were attacked for bullying and abuse well before the COVID-19 pandemic began in the district. However, this abuse has increased significantly in the past 14 months and has reached a level that has brought news media attention to our doorstep.” The letter went on. “Our children are your children’s classmates, friends, and neighbors.”
The letter to the lieutenant governor was signed by nearly 70 members and families of the Asian community in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus.
It came in response to a March 26 tweet that Husted referred to an article in which Robert Redfield, the ex-director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he believed the virus with no evidence provided come from a laboratory in Wuhan.
“So it seems to be the Wuhan virus after all?” Husted tweeted Friday from his personal account.
His intention with the tweet, Husted said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, was to criticize the Chinese government.
“I was just suggesting that I believe this is an international crisis for which the Chinese government is responsible and I wanted an independent investigation,” he said. “So I wasn’t trying to do anything that the political left or the political right believed I could get from this tweet other than to draw attention to the issue.”
The claim that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory in Wuhan was made last year by health officials including leading U.S. infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci, checked.
The claim was further confused when a draft received by The AP on Monday and officially released on Tuesday from the World Health Organization investigation said it was “extremely unlikely” that the virus accidentally leaked from a Chinese laboratory, and likely from Was transmitted from animals to humans.
Some responses to the original post supported Husted in asserting himself against China. Critical responses from Twitter users who said such rhetoric led to hatred and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific islanders were more numerous.