Graham, during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, suggested that Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic could be viewed in a completely different way if the lab leak theory of the virus’ origin (which Trump bolstered in April 2020) proved true.
“If Trump was right about the lab leak, it would change the image the public had of President Trump regarding the coronavirus,” Graham argued.
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Lindsey Graham: If Trump was right about the lab leak, it would change the image the public had of President Trump regarding the Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/tyq8eXWPEy
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 9, 2021
Critics vehemently disagreed and bluntly reminded the South Carolina Republican of Trump’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic, which included him publicly pondering the injection of disinfectant as a treatment.
Trump downplayed the threat posed by the virus ― despite privately admitting it was “deadly.” He politicized the wearing of masks and other safety measures to control the spread, and held crowded campaign rallies that fueled outbreaks.
“The origin of the virus doesn’t change the negligence of his response,” wrote one commenter. Said another: “Oh I don’t know, letting a deadly virus run rampant through the country killing thousands of people might be a tad more important.”
530,000 people say no
— Tiffany Thiele (@thielefor55th) June 9, 2021
Nope. Doesn’t matter where it started,what mattered was handling it, not ignoring it and minimizing it
— Me – kindness matters ☮️ (@myjake30) June 9, 2021
1.5 years later Linds still thinks the problem is how the car got the flat tire and not that trump tried to fix it with scotch tape and a bike pump
— Dad Jokes Panda (@TrashPandaFTW) June 9, 2021
The public has a poor image of Donald Trump‘s handling of the coronavirus pandemic because Trump killed 500,000 people through his indifference. The origin of the virus does not resurrect the dead. https://t.co/ka1UUJYlVw
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@aravosis) June 9, 2021
How? So, if it came from a lab, we could inject ourselves with bleach?
— Tom Graser (@StLawEd) June 9, 2021
Bullshit Lindsey. A lab leak wouldn’t change how cowardly, selfishly, ignorantly, callously, and dishonestly Donald Trump handled Covid. A lab leak wouldn’t bring back the hundreds of thousands of Americans who died because of Donald Trump’s criminal mishandling of the virus. https://t.co/h9MeQPOAZK
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 9, 2021
No it won't. He botched the response, and the origin of the virus does not change that.
— Jaxs (@jaxs_talks) June 9, 2021
The origin of the virus doesn't change the negligence of his response.
— Mark Gray (@rich29uk) June 9, 2021
The former guy's response to covid was sabotage, at the beginning through his last day in office.
— ThanksInAdvanceForYourVituperation (@joe_shands) June 9, 2021
It wasn’t the origin or leak of the virus … it was TFG’s LYING to the American people that the virus wasn’t going to be bad and mocking mask wearing or doing anything to mitigate the disaster and causing deaths of almost 600 thousand American people .
— Daphne_ du Maurier 🇺🇸 (@McmOne) June 9, 2021
No, Lindsey. It really wouldn’t.He’s still a slimy, sleazeball, criminal moron whose time in the White House did more to damage our nation than anything since the Civil War.And you’re still an ass. https://t.co/Ech7eOythc
— The True American (@TheTrueAmerica5) June 9, 2021
Yes, we would think he was right but disastrously incompetent, as opposed to wrong but disastrously incompetent. Indeed, we might wonder why he was so bad on the science of COVID overall if he knew more about the science of its origins than we presumed. https://t.co/pk4kIQPgbu
— Richard Gowan (@RichardGowan1) June 9, 2021
If it was a lab leak, bleach would've definitely been an effective treatment.
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) June 9, 2021
Oh I don't know, letting a deadly virus run rampant through the country killing thousands of people might be a tad more important https://t.co/FN891w0A03
— Robert Swartwood (@RobertSwartwood) June 9, 2021
No, it wouldn't. If anything, it would make Trump look even more irresponsible for downplaying the risk of the virus. It was totally incoherent, after all, to believe that Covid escaped from a Chinese lab *and* that we didn't really need to worry about it. https://t.co/KwL61qeqJ5
— James Surowiecki (@JamesSurowiecki) June 9, 2021 RELATED… Jimmy Kimmel Spots The Trump Quote That Should Be The Title Of His Memoir Mary Trump Predicts How Donald Trump Will Throw His Children Under The Bus Obama Explains Why ‘We Have To Worry’ About Trump-Beholden GOP
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