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So the two-step the "Wuhan lab theory" has begun. No one is saying it that a lab accident - like sloppy handling of waste - is impossible.
But that's not what started all this. Both Cotton and Trump have thrown out multiple scenarios in classic motte/bailey argument.
Both Cotton - and Trump even today - have suggested that lab creation and *intentional* release are among many possibilities, throwing in the crazy stuff with the sensible stuff and knowing that the Base Faithful will hear the part they want them to hear. /2
And now Trump defenders are saying "but look, the IC is still investigating some of these possibilities!"
Yes, they're confirming that they've been ordered to, by a White House that wants scapegoats and to politicize the intelligence.
If the virus was being studied and got out because of sloppy handling, China's got a lot to answer for. But no matter how the virus got out, none of that excuses Trump's happy-talk and refusal to take any of the *real warnings* that he was given months ago. /4x
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