Many have criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his handling of COVID-19. However, it should give those critics pause to learn that they’re aligned with one of America’s adversaries.
The Chinese Communist Party is parroting Rebekah Jones, the Florida state worker who said she was instructed to manipulate COVID-19 data and other unproven, outlandish claims, the Washington Examiner reported. This comes amid mounting evidence of the communist nation’s role in possibly leaking the virus from one of its labs.
The Global Times, China’s state-run publication, said in a Saturday piece that Florida had COVID-19 cases “even earlier than the virus outbreak in China’s Wuhan.” A graphic within the article tried to advance Jones’s conspiracy theory about U.S. military personnel actually bringing the virus to Chinese participants at the 2019 Wuhan Military World Games.
Though there is no basis for that claim, but it would be an easy way for China to avoid responsibility for the virus. The publication also leveraged Jones’s claims and her subsequent firing to prove that Florida “is causing public concern due to its serious epidemic situation and the lack of transparency on its early cases — especially in the case of 171 early patients’ data that was deleted and hidden.”
However, Jones’s claims about data manipulation were easily debunked by officials and other staffers at the health department. Despite her assertions, an employee in her position wouldn’t have access to that system in the first place.
Still, DeSantis’s press secretary Christina Pushaw doesn’t think her help to America’s adversary was intentional. “I don’t believe Rebekah Jones is an agent of China or anything like that,” she said.
“I do believe that China has used and exploited her conspiracy theories to push their own agenda, to push their own narrative, and to undermine and discredit DeSantis because his policies have obviously been in direct opposition to what the Chinese Communist Party wants in America,” Pushaw admitted. “When the media is trying to hit DeSantis, they don’t realize that it’s all fun and games until America’s adversaries take the conspiracy theories at face value to promote their own propaganda,” she added.
“Because people believe that Rebekah Jones nonsense, they might also believe that CCP nonsense that COVID started earlier in Florida than in Wuhan,” Pushaw later said. Earlier this month, the House Foreign Affairs Republicans report concluded that “the preponderance of evidence” points to the virus leaking from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in late summer 2019, though China has denied it.
The hysterical opposition to DeSantis has created strange bedfellows. Even though it may not be intentional, it seems leftists so often align with America’s enemies — and that’s telling.