When last we left off, we took note of how certain far-right personalities and hard-right politicians were migrating from one conspiracy theory (centered on the false claim that President Joe Biden stole the 2020 election) to another centering on false claims of harm from the coronavirus vaccine. For instance, we noted how U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., claimed that the vaccine is “ Biden’s mark of the beast .”
We also told you of how the Proud Boys far-right fight club is peddling disinformation about so-called vaccine passports. And a number of people involved with the so-called Stop the Steal movement that organized the rallies that led up to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection have also jumped on the anti-vaccine bandwagon.
Now, it seems, everyone wants to get in on the act. Most recently, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, a hard-right legal nonprofit that normally focuses on trying to deprive LGBTQ people of basic rights, jumped into the pool of toxic disinformation by trying to frighten people from getting a coronavirus inoculation, taking to his new web-based television program to make a raft of false assertions.
“COVID-19 was just the stepping-stone to this more global issue of controlling and vaccinating everyone and tracing and tracking every single movement,” Staver said on the March 28 edition “Freedom Alive!”, which is streamed on the Good Life Broadcasting platform.
Staver repeatedly referred to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which work differently than traditional vaccines by using messenger RNA to teach the body how to respond to the virus, as “so-called vaccines.” He claimed they work with a person’s DNA — they do not — calling it “shocking and frightening.”
While you may have heard similar tales from well-meaning people who are simply misinformed, it’s also true that there are right-wing operatives promoting these falsehoods strategically in the hope of keeping the current president from curtailing the virus before the next presidential election, and they appear to be willing to sacrifice their own believers if their deaths will set back the possibility of success by the current president. But they’re not reserving that fate exclusively for their own followers: They’ve got you in their sights as well.
Because as long as a significant proportion of the U.S. population declines to get the virus, it will continue to mutate and become more difficult to contain, even among those who got the shot. Then there’s the fact that these folks don’t like to wear masks, which adds to the danger. Human sacrifice is a bold political strategy. The QAnon Idol In the Virginia state Senate, Amanda Chase is a sort of sister-from-another-mother to Congresswoman Greene, who is an enthusiast of the QAnon conspiracy theory. And so it makes perfect sense that retired Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to the former guy (who gave Flynn a pardon of his conviction for lying to the FBI), endorsed Chase in her run for the office of governor. She’s competing in the GOP primary for the party’s gubernatorial nomination.
Flynn has become the idol of the QAnon crowd, who were well represented among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January. In a video posted during the 2020 presidential election, Flynn is shown with several others reciting something known as the “QAnon pledge.” The endorsement is fitting: In the month preceding the insurrection, Chase joined Flynn’s call for martial law and stated in a Facebook post that she was partnering with Flynn’s lawyer and QAnon conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell to expose the “extensive fraud” she falsely claimed took place in the 2020 presidential election.
Chase is known for race-baiting; during last summer’s proliferation of protests over police killings of Black people, she posted a video in which she falsely told her followers that “antifa” was on its way to the suburbs of Richmond to commit violence against them and their families. She urged them to be ready to use their guns. More recently, she launched a lawsuit against the state Senate for its censure of her for her utterances of support for those who committed insurrection against the government on Jan. 6, claiming a violation of the 14 th Amendment.
Zombies! In a world as dystopian as ours, why not a zombie apocalypse? That’s the latest prognostication coming from the prepper den of End-Times huckster Jim Bakker, formerly of “Jim and Tammy Faye” fame.
While Bakker is these days known for getting in trouble with the law for claiming that the colloidal silver solution then sold on his website would cure Covid-19. But that’s not nearly as exciting as the promise of a march of the undead, which, during an episode of Bakker’s television program, the great oracle Steve Quayle told Bakker was imminent.
The conspiracy theories promoted by Quayle were so pervasive and convoluted that it was difficult to understand exactly what he was even saying, but he seemed to be suggesting that nasal tests for Covid-19 were part of a nefarious plan to obtain DNA samples to be used in the creation of targeted biological weapons that will unleash a disease to turn everyone it does not kill into flesh-eating zombies. “They can induce zombieism, at least the appetite for human flesh,” Quayle explained. “If this is all wild stuff, why does the military have a manual about it? Why does the CDC even have anything on their [website]? Remember, the Center for Disease Control — or [Center for Disease] Creation, I call it, that’s my opinion.
The whole subject of zombies could be just boiled down at one end to a genetically modified human that is no longer human on the level that you and I or a living being is.” Just in case, don’t forget: Zombies hate fire. Stock up on the flame-throwers. Or just crank up the Ohio Players .