A journalist for The Atlantic sent out a tweet this week in an attempt to continue the narrative that Donald Trump’s “foreign virus” line was xenophobic and unnecessary.
To prove his point, he claimed that no one calls the 1919-1920 pandemic the Spanish flu anymore.
Nobody calls the 1919-20 pandemic the Spanish flu anymore, and not because we are soft on the Inquisition. It's just not a useful way to name a disease.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) March 17, 2020
The Spanish flu pandemic started in 1918, but we will let that go due to the real hypocrisy Frum displayed:
A great artist. War-debilitated, he fell victim to Spanish flu not yet 30. https://t.co/ow7S3BkgRq
— David Frum (@davidfrum) October 31, 2016
By his own standards, David has a past of xenophobia. In light of “cancel culture,” he should publicly apologize to the Spanish community for his misuse of the phrase “Spanish Flu.”