Donald Trump adviser Peter Navarro has appeared on MSNBC news to push dangerous anti-Chinese propaganda in a transparent attempt to divert the attention of US citizens away from the latest consequences of Donald Trump’s disastrous handling of the coronavirus pandemic – a disaster behind only that of Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and, relative to the size of the UK’s population, Boris Johnson.
Navarro launched into an astonishing diatribe in which he claimed the Chinese government had ‘spawned’ the coronavirus before hiding it – and then intentionally sending hundreds of thousands of infected Chinese citizens around the world to ‘seed’ other countries with it:
Navarros may only be following his boss’s line but even aside from the risk of escalating tensions with China, his propaganda will fuel racist attacks around the world on people of Chinese ethnicity – attacks that had already increased massively because of anti-Chinese rhetoric of Trump and others:
Navarro’s claim is not only insanely dangerous, it flies in the face of the latest facts. The presence of the virus in France has been confirmed, at the very latest, in early December. It is believed to have been in Italy in November – and has been found in at least one Spanish waste-water sample dating from March 2019, months before it was recognised in China.
In addition, some in the US and elsewhere suspect that a July 2019 ‘respiratory outbreak‘ in a retirement community in Fairfax, VA – which hospitalised a third of the 54 who fell ill at the same time with “respiratory symptoms ranging from upper respiratory symptoms (cough) to pneumonia” and killed at least two of them – may have been an early manifestation of the virus.
This would be in line with the 800 ‘excess deaths’ a week – accompanied by abnormally high intensive care admissions for pneumonia – reported in the UK last October to December, which some think may have been the real ‘first wave’ of the UK epidemic and went unrecognised or without action by Johnson’s government.
Wherever and whenever the coronavirus in fact arose, Mr Navarro’s comments reflect the desperation of the further end of the US right to divert attention from Trump’s appalling reaction to the pandemic – a desperation that endangers the world.
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