Trump accused of ‘fanning’ anti-Asian sentiment in wake of Atlanta shooting

A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shootings in the state on Tuesday after eight people, many of them women of Asian descent, were killed across three spas in Georgia.

No motive for the killings has yet been established and it is not yet clear whether there was a racial motivation, but fears have emerged that the killer may have deliberately targeted people of Asian descent.

Stop  Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) hate, a national coalition addressing anti-Asian hate amid the Covid-19 pandemic, called the shootings an “unspeakable tragedy” adding that the community has been “reeling from high levels of racial discrimination.”

In the wake of the attacks, politicians and celebrities alike were quick to hone in on actions of the former president, who they accused of “fanning” anti-Asian hate with his rhetoric amid the pandemic.

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