‘Biological weapons attack’ conspiracies surface over ‘suspicious’ timing of Trump, GOP senators, suddenly getting COVID-19
BY Jon Doughterty October 3, 2020
cores of Americans are developing conspiracy theories about what they see as suspicious timing after President Donald Trump announced Friday he and first lady Melania Trump — and other Republicans — have suddenly contracted the disease.
First and foremost, there are the optics of the president getting sick: Conspirators note the irony that Trump has now come down with an illness he has, in the past, downplayed as not so serious — which is technically true, given that the earliest models predicting millions of deaths in the United States alone were grossly inaccurate.
Then there is the matter of politics: As of Saturday, the election is just a month away, and already there is speculation that contracting the virus this close could hurt the president politically.
“I think it’s going to make the COVID virus and how the virus is being handled and how the president has dealt with it and how Joe Biden handled it, that puts it right to the top of the political agenda again and makes it a very important issue in this campaign,” Fox News host Chris Wallace, who moderated the first debate between the candidates last week, told the network on Friday.
The president’s illness also puts in doubt the next two debates with Biden — debates that Democrats have, for months, been advising the former vice president to avoid. In fact, there were new calls by Democrats for Biden to ditch the debates again following the first one on Tuesday.