Asian-American advocates and lawmakers have long warned that the speeches of political leaders about COVD-19, including former President Donald Trump, could encourage discrimination against Asian Americans. JD Chu, president of the Congress Asia-Pacific American Group, noted that more than a year ago his party started "alarming" against the anti-Asian stigma in the epidemic. As "dirty looks and verbal attacks", attacks and violence against Asian Americans have increased and are now almost a "daily tragedy".