It may sound too conspiratorial to many. Then again, so did the idea that the Trump/Russia collusion scandal was engineered to defeat Donald Trump, something declassified information has since proven. But some are now suggesting that the recent high-profile COVID-19 infections — among only Republicans, including the president — might have similarly been engineered by political foes.
There was, for example, Newsmax commentator and former Nancy Pelosi congressional opponent DeAnna Lorraine, who tweeted Friday:
Omar Navarro, a GOP California gubernatorial candidate, wrote on Facebook Saturday:
Navarro later quoted James Bond author Ian Fleming and wrote, “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.”
Then there’s famed attorney Lin Wood (of Nick Sandmann fame), who on Saturday tweeted:
Of course, logic and probability dictate that there are coincidences. But they also dictate that there are, at least occasionally, conspiracies, too.
The Left certainly agrees, as its minions conjured up their own Trump/COVID con scenarios. Some suggested the president is faking illness “in order to distract from the election — or to garner sympathy for himself,” reported the Washington Examiner Friday. “Or maybe, this is part of a grand QAnon plan to save the president from the deep state.”
For example, attorney Ken White, who opines under the name “Popehat,” tweeted Friday:
The Examiner relates him as adding, “On the one hand, wild conspiracy theories are killing society, but in the other, this is one of the most pathologically dishonest humans in public life surrounded by amoral cultists.” Yes, well, White may know a thing or two about amoral cultists.
Of course, an honest analyst might acknowledge that with all the Deep State sympathizers about, someone at Walter Reed hospital would almost surely leak information revealing any Trump subterfuge involving a phony COVID diagnosis.
As for the rightist conspiracy theory, I’m agnostic on it — but suspicious. For as American Thinker’s Deborah Franklin points out, among those testing positive were Republicans in key positions, including “Trump’s campaign manager, the chair of the Republican National Committee, the president’s senior counselor, and two senators on the Judiciary Committee who will vote on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett.”
Attorney and commentator Sally Zelikovsky further made the case, writing that these key “Republicans fell ill after the Barrett announcement, the debate, and Comey’s flaccid testimony, and now we are full-blown into October — the final leg of the campaign.”
“We have Ratcliffe’s damning evidence that Obama, Comey, and Brennan were aware of Hillary Clinton’s intent to frame Trump of colluding with Russia, and suddenly, Andy McCabe cannot do a Zoom appearance in the Senate under the pretext of fearing for his family’s safety from contracting COVID,” Zelikovsky continues. “Schumer, on cue, demands the cancelation of the Barrett hearings — all or part of which can be done remotely to prevent COVID spread. Moreover, Hidin’ Biden comes out of seclusion and hops on more planes in the last few days, flying to Michigan and Florida, than he has flown for most of September, when he made a only few local appearances in Delaware and Pennsylvania, flew to Cleveland for the debate, called lids on half the days in September, and did a post-debate lame train tour where he interacted with few supporters.”
“Finally, there is the fact that the most protected man in the universe, who has insisted on serving and interacting with the people despite the pandemic, refused to hover in an isolated bunker and managed to escape infection for seven months, suddenly gets a direct hit … again, in the final weeks of his campaign, interrupting the one thing the Biden campaign cannot generate: a succession of popular rallies,” Zelikovsky later adds. “We know that the transmission could have resulted from a lapse in procedure; after all, those who protect and interact with the president are only human. But in an administration where enemies are constantly undermining the president, it doesn’t strain an iota of credulity to wonder if those same nefarious forces didn’t weaponize the virus and directly expose the president to it or use someone like Hope Hicks as a COVID bullet.”
“With a little contact tracing and sleuthing,” Zelikovsky concludes, “I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out that this was an arrow in someone’s quiver and a doozy of an October surprise.”
What’s no surprise is that the Left is taking advantage of Trump’s illness, claiming the GOP infections result from Republican irresponsibility and scientific obscurantism. But this claim is nonsense.
First, bearing in mind that believing Christians are overrepresented among Republicans and non-believers among Democrats, consider that a March survey found that Christians were more likely than atheists and agnostics to follow Wuhan virus guidelines.
Second, has everyone forgotten Trump’s famed germaphobe status? In a July article, in fact, Politico wrote that the president had solidified “his standing as the most germ-conscious man to ever lead the free world” and that his germaphobia had even hurt his business endeavors — because he doesn’t like shaking hands. This hardly seems like a man who’d be cavalier about Wuhan virus precautions.
But then there are those who are: the very people who preach, sanctimoniously, to us about those precautions. Fox News host Tucker Carlson covered this hypocrisy last night (must-watch video below) on his show, unmasking high-profile leftists who’ve impugned Trump for alleged virus laxity and lectured us about COVID “virtue” but then were caught violating their own prescriptions. Offenders include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and TV host Chris Cuomo (D-CNN).
Clearly, these leftists don’t believe their own pandemic-oriented rhetoric, a reality only lending credence to the COVID conspiracy suspicions. After all, are people really above such a conspiracy when they’ve already conspired to create a Wuhan virus panic in the first place?
To power mongers, the lust for power overpowers all.