Paywall. But Cotton advancing a conspiracy theory doesn’t help in the least.
Highlights: “Speaking on Fox News, Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, raised the possibility that the virus had originated in a high-security biochemical lab in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak.
“We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there,” the senator said, “but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.”
If there is no evidence, then why advance the theory? Trumpian tactics have completely invaded the GOP. Cotton apparently took his cues from our old friend, Steve Bannon. “The conspiracy theory lacks evidence and has been dismissed by scientists. But it has gained an audience with the help of well-connected critics of the Chinese government such as Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist.
Stop the madness already.