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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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.”
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