Editor’s Note: Jeff Yang is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, a featured writer for Quartz and other publications, and the co-host of the podcast “They Call Us Bruce.” He co-wrote Jackie Chan’s best-selling autobiography, “I Am Jackie Chan,” and is the editor of three graphic novels: “Secret Identities,” “Shattered” and the forthcoming “New Frontiers.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. Read more opinion on CNN.

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Mr. President,

On Monday, in response to a legitimate question about Covid-19 testing from CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang, you told her to “ask China” instead. Your response wasn’t just disrespectful to her as a prominent member of the press. It was a thinly veiled microaggression aimed at her race and ethnicity, and she was rightly shocked and appalled to have been so targeted.

For many of us Asian Americans, it was just another reminder that our status in American society – our very status as Americans! – has been deeply endangered by your rhetoric, your policies and the hateful climate you’ve encouraged.

Jeff Yang

But then you doubled down, posting on your Twitter feed that “Asian Americans are VERY angry at what China has done to our Country, and the World. Chinese Americans are the most angry of all. I don’t blame them!”

Yes, Donald Trump. Asian Americans are “very angry.” And I’m one of them.

But I’m not angry at China. Any mistakes and misdeeds for which the Chinese government is responsible on coronavirus should – and will – be uncovered eventually, after this global crisis has faded.

Your mistakes and misdeeds, however, continue to happen in real time and because you occupy the highest office in my nation, they impact me, my loved ones and hundreds of millions of other Americans in ways that have shaken the very pillars of our nation.

Your chaotic incompetence and willful ignorance over warnings about the pandemic has helped lead to thousands of preventable deaths and billions in economic damage.

You have slashed funding to global healthcare partnerships, thwarted critical cooperation with other nations and used the pandemic as an excuse to target vulnerable communities.

And with your words and actions, you’ve generated an insidious miasma of fear and resentment that has contributed to nearly 1,500 reported cases of anti-Asian bias in just the past few months, and that millions of us experience whenever we step outside to shop or jog or walk our dogs.

CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang and President Donald Trump at Monday's press conference

We see it in the look of disgust in those who step off the sidewalk to avoid us. We see it in graffiti being scrawled on walls, in smashed windows and anonymous flyers, in acts of sometimes horrific violence. We see it in the dark words welling up on social media, calling for the forced quarantine of Asian communities, or demanding war against the nations of our ancestors.

So yes, I’m an “angry Asian American.”

I’m angry at you for making me feel unwelcome in the land of my birth.

I’m angry at you for trying to shut down immigration, the lifeblood of our nation, and eliminate birthright citizenship, and even denaturalize those who’ve already become citizens.

I’m angry at you for distracting us with attacks on China while Asian American frontline healthcare professionals like my sister and my ex-wife work double shifts with insufficient personal protection, treating people for a disease you’ve utterly failed to contain.

I’m angry at you for taking a month that has been set aside to celebrate the achievements of our Asian American and Pacific Islander forebears, people who gave their toil, their tears, their hopes, dreams and lives to this country, and turning it into a time of outrage, anxiety and despair.

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    But most of all, I’m angry at you for daring to claim that you know or care what I feel as an Asian American, what I feel as a part of a community with roots that stretch down deep into this nation and out far across oceans.

    Because you, Mr. President, do not speak for us. And most assuredly, you do not speak for me.