Sen. Tom Cotton, who said early on he believes that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) escaped from a lab in China, now believes the Communist government made a “conscious decision” to let the virus spread beyond its borders.
In an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, during a discussion about whether the ChiCom government is responsible for the pandemic, the Arkansas Republican said it is undeniable that Beijing let it escape and spread across the globe.
“Whatever the origins of this virus — and, right now, I think the best circumstantial evidence points to those labs in Wuhan,” Cotton said.
“But whatever the origins of it, it’s clear to me that, once China realized how deadly this virus could be to some people and how contagious this virus was, that they made the conscious decision to let it get outside of their borders. They didn’t stop international air travel. They pressured countries not to impose travel restrictions,” he continued.
And it wasn’t just Beijing pressuring countries not to restrict travel. ChiCom propagandists at the World Health Organization, especially Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, have consistently defended China in spite of the fact that Beijing has lied repeatedly about various aspects of the pandemic — its true origin and the country’s genuine casualty rate.
“They pressured the WHO to oppose travel restrictions as well, even when they knew, as far back as early December, that this virus was highly contagious and very deadly,” Cotton continued.
“So, whatever the origins of this virus may ultimately be, even if it was an accident or a mistake, the Chinese Communist Party is culpable for turning what could have been a local public health challenge in Wuhan into the worst global pandemic in a century,” he added.
Cotton has also blasted the “propaganda media” in the U.S., which has also worked to cover for the ChiComs.
“The mainstream media are largely apologists for Chinese communists and they will accept Chinese communist propaganda,” Cotton said last month. “They immediately try to accuse anyone who raises these reasonable questions as conspiracy theorists that are accusing China of creating a biological weapon.”
Cotton never said he thought COVID-19 was a biological weapon, merely that it was likely created in a lab and escaped somehow.
He notes that China’s principle Level 4 bio research lab is located in Wuhan city, just 300 yards from the wet market where Beijing’s ChiCom leaders claim the virus originated.
The Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Cotton noted, has conducted studies involving horseshoe bats, which dovetails from a study conducted by a pair of Chinese researchers who published results in February about the virus’ possible origins.
“The killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan,” the researchers wrote — before the ChiComs deep-sixed the research and the researchers.
“The reason I have raised these questions from the very beginning is because of China’s statements and their actions,” Cotton told the DCNF. “After concealing the virus for many weeks in December and then minimizing its severity for most of January, they then peddle an origin story about the food market in Wuhan.
“Anytime the question returns to the forefront of the news, several of my peers say that they think that it’s very suspicious and that we ought to get to the bottom of it,” he added.
Now, of course, we know that the same lab has been funded by U.S. taxpayers, compliments of President Donald Trump’s leading immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Interestingly, Fauci has downplayed Cotton’s lab theory — but then again, he would, considering his alleged culpability.
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated,” Fauci said in an interview published this month in National Geographic. “Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.”