Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a Republican, isn’t much of a scientist, nor is he one to promote the use of science in our everyday lives for the betterment of society.
Indeed, on climate change, Cotton’s comments have been less than stellar — so terrible, in fact, that the League of Conservation Voters has graded him with a lifetime score of just 2 percent.
So it should come as no surprise that Cotton’s point of view regarding the coronavirus global outbreak doesn’t contain the most “scientific” backing.
Speaking on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, Cotton admitted he was ignorant about the origin of the virus. But he also maintained that questions had to be asked to determine whether it was manufactured by the Chinese government itself.
Cotton alleged that, near a food market where the virus is said to have started, there’s a “biosafety level 4 super laboratory” which “researches human infectious diseases.”
From that information, Cotton leaped to the conclusion that China might be hiding something:
“Now, we don’t have evidence that this disease originated there, but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says,” Cotton said. “And China right now is not giving any evidence on that question at all.”
It might be that China doesn’t want to answer that question for nefarious reasons, but it could also be because it’s a question that is based out of zero evidence whatsoever. Indeed, American researchers conclude that the virus is a natural production, not an artificial one.
Tom Cotton reiterates his suggestion that the Coronavirus originated at a super-lab in Wuhan pic.twitter.com/i1cSNSqU0d
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 16, 2020
“There’s absolutely nothing in the genome sequence of this virus that indicates the virus was engineered,” Richard Elbright, professor of chemical biology at Rutgers, said to Washington Post.
“The possibility this was a deliberately released bioweapon can be firmly excluded.
Cotton isn’t the only Republican with errant views about the coronavirus outbreak. Last week, President Donald Trump, too, made comments about the virus that experts said were not true — namely, that the disease would die out around springtime.
“A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat. As the heat comes in, typically, that will go away in April,” Trump said, per reporting from HillReporter.com.