CNN hit out at US President Trump last week when he tweeted a photo of a White House briefing on the spread of China’s deadly coronavirus. “We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7!” wrote the President.

CNN’s Brandon Tesley responded shortly after with an article entitled “Coronavirus task force another example of Trump administration’s lack of diversity”.  Tesley said of the experts: “They’re largely the same sorts of white men (and a couple women on the sidelines) who’ve dominated the Trump administration from the very beginning. By contrast, former President Barack Obama’s circle of advisers in the face of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was hardly so monochromatic. Neither was it so abysmal in terms of gender diversity.”

This was met by much mockery online, with Twitter user @JDreamer731 saying sarcastically:

“Yes! I refuse to have my health protected by a white man. If you can’t offer solutions developed by black trans women, then let me die.”


One user, @CarpeDonktum, tweeted:

“This needs to be fixed immediately. When I lay dying of bat soup fever, I want to be able to say that the task force may not have been the most qualified, but goddamn they were a diverse bunch.”

Another user, @koqu33n, even said:

“I’m a female Latina and I could care less if there is a woman or minority in the room as long as they are doing their job efficiently.”

Most people seem to agree that when trying to cure a deadly, highly infectious disease which is spreading rapidly around the world, the priority is actually meritocracy, expertise and qualification – not skin colour or genitalia.