A scientist has admitted the scientific community last year refused to espouse the idea that coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan due to its political association with President Donald Trump and so-called “racists.”
In an interview with NBC News, postdoctoral researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Alina Chan acknowledged there was political reluctance in the scientific community to sign on to the lab leak theory.
“At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins,” Chan, who is now calling for an investigation into whether Covid was leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, told NBC.
Despite pushback from the media and members of his own administration, Trump early on during the coronavirus pandemic last year suggested he had reason to believe the virus originated in a Chinese lab.
The president’s claims, in addition to the left’s hatred towards him, made the origins of coronavirus become a politically divisive issue. Of course now that Trump has been uninstalled, the theory is now back in play.
Responding to criticism on Twitter, Chan, who last month called for an investigation into the lab leak theory along with 17 other scientists, claimed she’d in the past been ridiculed by friends for proposing the theory.
I’ve spent 1+ year pushing back against the immediate reaction of lab leak=conspiracy – working on sci comm to explain that a lab leak is not only possible but plausible.
I’ve endured endless jibes about me seeking attention, being unqualified, spreading misinformation.
— Alina Chan (@Ayjchan) June 17, 2021
Tweeting about the story Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. pointed out how the science is controlled by which way the media wants to steer the narrative.