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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said part of the widespread media dismissal of the coronavirus lab-leak theory last year stemmed from liberal networks’ financial connections to the Chinese government.
Cotton was among the voices widely decried in the press last year for suggesting the Chinese government claim of a natural origin for the coronavirus didn’t hold up to scrutiny, noting the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s experiments on coronaviruses and proximity to the outbreak.
“I just used common sense,” he said. “The Chinese Communist Party pointed to an open-air food market as the origin of this virus but they didn’t even sell bats in that market … This virus didn’t emerge in some remote rural village or mountain next to a cave full of bats. It emerged in a city larger than New York, just down the road from labs where we know they were conducting very dangerous research into coronaviruses.”