Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo advanced a logic-defying theory on Monday that China intentionally unleashed COVID-19 on the United States to oust Donald Trump from the presidency and put Joe Biden in the White House. (Watch the video below.)
Bartiromo and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) discussed the claim that the virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan and China tried to suppress the information. But Bartiromo went one step further.
“I mean, is there any possibility that China intentionally spread this virus to America?” she asked. “Disrupt the country, get Donald Trump out, get your man in there, Joe Biden, and then cover it up?”
Wenstrup, chairman of a pandemic committee, was not entirely convinced.
“Well, they certainly weren’t trying to protect America, were they?” he replied. “I mean, whether it was intentional or coincidental, they seemed to be aware of it. And I could be wrong: President Xi told Donald Trump that everything was fine. And Donald Trump repeated what President Xi said. Now the Democrats are calling President Trump a liar, but it appears that President Trump was just repeating what President Xi said. Obviously it was more dangerous.”
There are a few big holes in Bartiromo’s speculations. The virus caused death and disease worldwide, not just in the United States, as Wenstrup himself noted. according to Mediaite.
But the facts have not stopped Bartiromo from advocating or supporting conspiracy theories and spreading misinformation.
Wenstrup, who amplified claims that the Chinese were working on bioweapons developed from the coronavirus, blamed Democrats in general and former White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, accused of ignoring the possibility that the virus came from a laboratory.
“I don’t understand why Dr. Fauci doesn’t want to have the debate about whether this comes from the lab or from nature,” he said via Mediait.
Fauci has repeatedly expressed support for more research into the origins of the virus but has cast doubt on the laboratory theory.