COVID-19 and Asian Americans: How Elite Messaging and Social Exclusion Shape Partisan Attitudes

  title={COVID-19 and Asian Americans: How Elite Messaging and Social Exclusion Shape Partisan Attitudes},
  author={Nathan Kar Ming Chan and Jae Yeon Kim and Vivien Leung},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={618 - 634}
Extending theories of social exclusion and elite messaging, we argue that Trump’s targeted rhetoric toward Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic pushes the racial group, largely “Independent” or nonpartisan affiliated, to lean more towards the Democratic Party. We support this claim by combining social media (Study 1) and survey data (Study 2) analysis. Tracing 1.4 million tweets, we find that Trump’s rhetoric has popularized racially charged coronavirus-related terms and that… 
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