Former President Donald Trump released a statement outlining several examples of claims that he says he was falsely maligned for and has now been vindicated on.
In a pair of emails, Trump said he was “right about everything” leading up to the election and that legacy media outlets had disingenuously “lied” about his claims to make him look bad.
“Hydroxychloroquine works,” Trump said in an email that included a full list of claims he alleged have since been proven true.
“Have you noticed that they are now admitting I was right about everything they lied about before the election?” the former president asked before mentioning other items on the list.
“The Virus came from a Chinese lab,” Trump said. “Hunter Biden’s laptop was real.”
“Lafayette Square was not cleared for a photo op. The ‘Russian Bounties’ story was fake," he wrote.
He continued, “We did produce vaccines before the end of 2020, in record time.”
“Blue state lockdowns didn’t work. Schools should be opened," he added. “Critical race theory is a disaster for our schools and our country."
And “our Southern Border security program was unprecedentedly successful,” he said.
There is some evidence to suggest some of the president’s claims have been proven true.
In 2020, Trump singularly praised the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, and even took it himself. At the time, the media discredited the claim.
But a recent study of COVID-19 patients found that the drug, taken alongside azithromycin in higher-dose therapy, increased the survival rate by nearly 200%.
Similarly, before the presidential election last year, Trump touted a claim that the coronavirus could have originated from a virology lab in Wuhan, China. Dr. Anthony Fauci disputed the claim, and his allies in the media were quick to side with Fauci.
But a batch of newly released emails from Fauci shows that the doctor was made aware that the virus likely did originate from a lab leak. The emails also show Fauci was aware of a coordinated effort between the World Health Organization and the Chinese government to squash stories about the lab leak hypothesis.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul described the emails allege Fauci was guilty of a “cover-up” and called for an investigation into him. House Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene similarly said Fauci and the media intentionally misled the public.
Sen. Lindsey Graham took the emails a step further and claimed that Trump would have won the 2020 presidential election alone if the media reported accurately that the virus came from China.
“If Trump was right [about the lab leak theory], it would have changed the outcome of the 2020 election, I believe,” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday. “And if we could have proven that early on in 2020 it was a lab leak coming from China, not occurring naturally, the public would want revenge against China, and who would they turn to: Biden or Trump?”
"If it were known in February that Trump was right [in] 2020, I think he’d be president today,” he said in the interview.
Trump has teased a 2024 presidential run multiple times over the last few months, saying in April that he is "looking at it very seriously, beyond seriously."
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Original Author: Lawrence Richard