Former President Donald Trump and others on the right were roundly disparaged last year for suggesting that COVID-19 might have originated in a Chinese laboratory rather than through animal-to-person transmission.
In recent weeks, however, a growing number of experts have begun acknowledging evidence that the lab leak theory could be valid — and Trump celebrated his apparent vindication in a statement this week.
“Must be redone”
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump penned an email statement that went out to his supporters in which he took aim at domestic and international agencies that initially dismissed speculation about the possible role of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the pandemic’s origin.
“It is now unanimous, and I have been proven right (once again),” Trump wrote.
He added that the “initial World Health Organization Report on the Wuhan Lab was flawed and must be redone.”
As for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director who took a leading role in Trump’s COVID-19 task force, the former president said that he “likes to say that he is ‘science,’ when in fact he is merely science fiction!”
Fauci recently appeared on MSNBC for an interview during which he accused his critics of denying scientific proof.
“A lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me quite frankly are attacks on science because all of the things that I have spoken out about consistently from the very beginning have been fundamentally based on science,” he said.
Now serving under President Joe Biden as the top White House medical adviser, Fauci went on to tell host Chuck Todd: “Sometimes those things were inconvenient truths for people and there was pushback against me, so if you are trying to, you know, get at me as a public health official and a scientist, you’re really attacking not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, you’re attacking science, and anybody that looks at what is going on clearly sees that.”
Although he publicly dismissed suggestions that the virus could have originated in a lab, recently released emails show he was made aware of the possibility early on in the pandemic.
“We were right about the China Virus from the beginning, and now the entire world sees it,” Trump concluded. “This is why the Chinese Communist Party should pay $10 Trillion in global reparations for what they allowed to happen, the worst event in world history.”
Taking another jab at his one-time top adviser, Trump asked supporters to imagine “how bad things would have gotten if [he] followed Dr. Fauci’s advice and never closed down travel from China (and other things).”