Without a shred of proof, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said Sunday morning that the coronovirus which originated in China and has so far claimed the lives of at least 1,700 people and infected another 70,000 may well be a Chinese biological weapon.
During an appearance on the Fox Business show “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cotton asserted that the coronoavirus didn’t originate in a Chinese food market as has been reported, telling host Maria Bartiromo:
“This virus did not originate in the Wuhan animal market. We don’t know where it originated but we do know that we have to get to the bottom of that. We also know that just a few miles away from that food market is China’s only biosafety level four super laboratory that researches human infectious diseases.”
So because there’s a laboratory near the food market, that means the Chinese decided to unleash a fatal disease on its populace? That makes zero sense and Cotton didn’t offer any facts to support his specious allegation.
When Bartiromo reminded the senator that Chinese officials have criticized Cotton for his accusations of coronavirus being a “biological weapon,” he responded:
“We have such laboratories ourselves in the United States, run by our military. The burden of proof is on the Chinese Communist Party… we do want to err on the side of caution.”
Actually, the burden of proof is on the person making absurd claims but refusing to provide evidence to support those claims.
At a hearing this week in the Senate Armed Services Committee that Cotton serves on, the senator also sought to sow fear and mistrust, remarking that the coronavirus is “worse than Chernobyl.” And he added:
“Of the original 40 cases, 14 of them had no contact with the seafood market, including patient zero. I would note that Wuhan also has China’s only bio-safety level four ‘superlaboratory’ that works with the world’s most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus.”
Based on Senator Cotton’s flawed logic, any person in the United States that dies as a result of the flu must have gotten it from the Centers for Disease Control, where the annual flu vaccine is formulated.
Tom Cotton needs to take a chair and let the experts figure out where the coronavirus came from and how to combat it. He’s clearly out of his league when it comes to discussing science or medicine.
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