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The lab-leak theory will never vindicate Trump

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If you had been wrong 2,521 times, would you claim vindication if, on the 2,522nd occasion, you said something that may — or may not — turn out to be right?

That’s what former president Donald Trump — who, according to The Post’s Fact Checker, made 2,521 false or misleading statements about the coronavirus — has done in regard to the theory that covid-19 originated not in nature but in a Chinese research lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology. “To me it was obvious from the beginning but I was badly criticized, as usual. Now they are all saying ‘He was right.’ Thank you!” Trump declared recently. Naturally, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R.-S.C.) offered his golf partner a hearty amen, saying, “If Trump was right about the lab leak, it would change the image the public had of President Trump regarding the coronavirus.”

Actually, no it wouldn’t. This is some serious malarkey, as Trump’s successor would say.

It is true that the lab-leak hypothesis is now looking more plausible than it did a year ago — so much so that President Biden has ordered an intelligence community investigation. The former New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade lays out the evidence, all circumstantial, at great length in this Medium post. It includes three workers at the Wuhan lab falling ill in November 2019 with covid-like symptoms; a 2018 State Department cable........

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