Lindsey Graham Suggests Wuhan Lab Leak Theory Would Have Changed 2020 Election Outcome

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said that if former President Donald Trump was right about COVID-19 originating in a Chinese lab and it had been proven before the last presidential election, he might have been reelected.

Graham spoke to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday about the virus as the theory it could have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, has garnered new attention in recent weeks.

Though it was previously dismissed as a conspiracy theory by some, the idea has subsequently gained traction and the Biden administration has now ordered an investigation into the origins of the virus.

Graham spoke to Hannity about COVID-19 vaccinations before addressing the Wuhan lab leak theory.

"So science matters here, but the big story, this is the Russian dossier all over again. This stinks to high heaven, this is lab-gate, China-gate, call it whatever you want t call it," Graham said.

"Remember when Donald Trump suggested this came out of China with a lab leak? Remember that?"

Trump mentioned the lab leak theory in comments to reporters on April 30, 2020, according to The Washington Post. He repeatedly referred to COVID as the "China virus" or "Wuhan virus."

"We knew they had leaks out of the labs in the past. But on February 19, 2020, when we had the first cases in January, 27 scientists signed a letter that said, 'conspiracy theories create do nothing but create rumors and prejudice that jeopardize our global collaboration to fight against this virus," Graham said.

He was referring to a statement published in The Lancet where 27 scientists condemned "conspiracy theories" claiming that COVID did not have a natural origin.

"In other words, 27 scientists signed a political document shaming [Senator Tom] Cotton and Trump and anyone else, shutting them up. The media took it and ran, and it changed the course of the election, why?" Graham said.

"Number one the scientists are tied to this lab. They were covering their ass. They put out a letter, not based on science, but a political document to trying to destroy people suggesting that it came out of a lab."

One of the authors of the Lancet letter was Peter Daszak, president of virus research non-profit EcoHealth Alliance, which received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

"Why does this matter?" Graham went on. "If Trump was right about the lab leak it would change the image the public had of Trump regarding the coronavirus. More importantly, if it came out of the lab in China, he was right it was the China virus, and the 2020 election would have been about who could hold China accountable, Trump or Biden."

"Who would you want in the room to hold China accountable for infecting the world with coronavirus?" he said.

"If it were known in February [2020] that Trump was right, I think he'd be president today," Graham added.

Newsweek has asked Graham and EcoHealth Alliance for comment.

Lindsey Graham Arrives at a Senate Committee
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) arrives for a Senate Budget Committee hearing on June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. Graham has said the result of the 2020 presidential election might have been different if the COVID-19 lab leak theory had been proven. Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images