Bill Maher Defends Calling COVID-19 'Chinese Virus'

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Bill Maher has defended calling coronavirus the "Chinese virus," in a recent HBO documentary.

Maher says on HBO's Real Time, "People who would rather die from the virus than call it by the wrong name."

He continued, "Zika is from the Zika forest. Ebola from the Ebola river. Hantavirus from the Hantan river," he began. "There is the West Nile virus and Guinea Worm and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and of course, the Spanish flu. MERS stands for Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, it's plastered all over airports and no one blogs about it. So why should China get a pass?"

President Donald Trump repeatedly referred to the virus as the "Chinese virus" during news conferences, which reportedly led to a spike in racially motivated attacks against the Asian community.

Is Maher right, or is he wrong?