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Last week, Senator Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci went viral after they argued during a Senate hearing over the definition of “gain of function” research. Specifically, they butted heads over whether the U.S. funded the type of research potentially connected with the Wuhan lab at the center of the contentious “lab leak” theory of COVID-19’s origins. “Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about!” said Dr. Fauci, after Sen. Paul referenced a paper by a Wuhan lab researcher which discussed what was, in the senator’s opinion, an example of “gain of function” research. While officials like Fauci attempt to wiggle away from any semblance of responsibility by hiding behind deliberately fluid definitions, however, we are missing the most important point of all. The question is not “did the U.S. fund ‘gain-of-function’ research in China,” or “did the U.S. fund research which resulted in the COVID-19 outbreak?” Instead, the question is “why on earth are we sending a single penny to our greatest enemy on the world stage?”

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