In the latest instance of Republicans spouting bizarre political fantasies, hosts of Saturday’s edition of Fox and Friends appeared to make the case that the Democrats are behind coronavirus variants.

The comments came a day after the World Health Organisation labelled the B.1.1.529 strain, first identified in South Africa, a “variant of concern” and gave it the name omicron – the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.

Presenter Rachel Campos-Duffy started the discussion by saying Pete Buttigieg, the transport secretary, warned the “supply chain problem” can’t be fixed “until the pandemic is over”.

“And now we see these new variants,” she continued. “So that’s the answer: more lockdowns, more lockdowns, more fear and therefore [Buttigieg] doesn’t have to do his job of fixing the supply chain because ‘we’ll keep this whole thing going’.”

“Always a new variant,” added co-host Will Cain, while Pete Hegseth said “you can count on a variant about every October”.

Needless to say that the comments are a load of nonsense.

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The only harmful thing we’ve seen former presidential candidate Buttigieg release into the world is a cringeworthy campaign dance to Panic! At the Disco.

We still haven’t recovered.

Meanwhile, Twitter users have reacted with shock to the broadcasters’ “grotesque” insinuation:

It isn’t the only wild comment made by a Republican about coronavirus in recent days, with ex-Trump aide Stephen Miller claiming the US would “already have modified vaccines” for new variants if the businessman remained president.

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