Craziest Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories of the Week, the Trumpist Death Cult Edition
Most sane Americans hoped that after Donald Trump was sent to the ashbin of history, we could all return to some sense of normalcy in our political discourse, discussing the issues of the day based on science, reason, and solid research. Boy, were we wrong!
Since the November election and, especially since the January 6th insurrection, America's right-wing has amped up the nonsense to unprecedented levels, concocting new plots and conspiracy theories on a daily basis. They run the gamut from hilarious to deeply disturbing and they are everywhere in the Republican information bubble of talk radio, Fox News and the weird My Pillow guy's weekly rants. Misinformation has always been part of American politics, but never has it reached such a fevered pitch. Trump's "post-truth" America is alive and well so one of our goals at Illuminate will be to shine a light on some of the more insane theories circulating among right-wing extremists.
Our favorite conspiracy theory of the week has to be GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn's assertion that the Biden Administration's door-to-door immunization drive is really part of a nefarious plot to take guns and bibles away from Americans.
Cawthorn: “Now they’re talking about going door-to-door to bring vaccines to the people. Think of the mechanisms they would have to build to be able to actually execute that massive of a thing. Think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door-to-door to take your guns, to take your Bibles.”
Cawthorn has been joined by a chorus of right-wing voices on Fox News discouraging vaccination efforts.
New York Times: "Mr. [Tucker] Carlson, Ms. [Laura] Ingraham and guests on their programs have said on the air that the vaccines could be dangerous; that people are justified in refusing them; and that public authorities have overstepped in their attempts to deliver them."
And, of course, other elected GOP officials have joined the anti-vax sideshow. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia made the false claim that 6,000 people have died from vaccinations and that social media companies, apparently in league with government officials, are censoring news about the deaths. She then bizarrely compared vaccine door-knockers to Nazi-era “brown shirts.”
Not to be outdone, Colorado's wonderfully wacky Rep. Lauren Boebert [Sarah Palin without all that "book-learning"] called the folks involved in the vaccination outreach campaign "needle-Nazi's."
Forbes, Boebert: “Biden has deployed his Needle Nazis to Mesa County. The people of my district are more than smart enough to make their own decisions about the experimental vaccine and don’t need coercion by federal agents.”
Such lies are a menace to public health and undermine efforts to reach "herd immunity." They are the reason that Republican states like Mississippi and Alabama have such low vaccination rates. Trumpism is morphing into a death cult, one that negatively impacts our ability to finally extinguish the coronavirus. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, warned this week that Covid cases are rising in these low-vax states and that the new Delta variant could trigger further increases.
Just as Donald Trump's lies made it difficult to fight the coronavirus in 2020, the disinformation campaign of his progeny, the Trump-cultists, will cause more suffering in America, simply to advance their warped political agenda.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content