For some who is supposedly a doctor — albeit one who is currently only certified by an accreditation agency of his own making — Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has been disseminating an awful lot of COVID disinformation of late.
His rants against “the crushing tyranny of Fauci-ism” and his attempts to legislate the repeal of mask mandates have dominated his Twitter feed, further attempting to politicize what should be a simple public mandate that apparently isn’t enough of a no-brainer to appeal to the likes of the Libertarian-minded GOP senator.
I introduced a bill to repeal the mask requirements on all public transportation.
This bill will take a huge step towards freeing America from the crushing tyranny of Fauci-ism. And it will bring us one step closer to erasing the terrible legacy of lockdowns and mask mandates.
— Rand Paul (@DrRandPaul) July 14, 2021
Even worse, as deluded right-wingers turn to veterinary drugs like the horse dewormer Ivermectin as so-called “cures” for the COVID they have caught — with some even risking their health (and the chances of suddenly experiencing explosive diarrhea while walking down the aisles of their local supermarket as a potential side effect) to take the drug prophylactically in vain attempts to ward off the deadly Delta variant of the virus — Senator Paul is spreading the conspiracy theory that the medical establishment refuses to study the effectiveness of Ivermectin because of their “hatred” for Donald Trump.
“The hatred for Trump deranged these people so much, they’re unwilling to objectively study it,” Paul insisted in an interview in a local Kentucky newspaper last week. “So someone like me that’s in the middle on it, I can’t tell you because they will not study ivermectin. They will not study hydroxychloroquine without the taint of their hatred for Donald Trump.”
Some saw Paul’s statement as a clever way to promote unproven and unapproved COVID cures without actually endorsing it by simply claiming that the jury is still out because the research hasn’t been done by those liberal science types who all hate the former president.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper saw Senator Paul’s statement about his belief that antipathy towards Trump was preventing researchers from conducting studies on the animal ointment as a potential therapeutic against COVID and knew that it made about as much sense as taking veterinary drugs instead of getting a vaccine that has already been proven effective and has finally been fully approved by the FDA.
Tapper took to Twitter to point out the logical fallacy underlying Senator Paul’s foolish rant.
So the CDC and NIH are promoting the COVID vaccines that the Trump administration helped support the creation/distribution of through Operation Warp Speed. a vaccine Trump promotes — but not livestock dewormer — because of "hatred for Trump"?
This theory needs some work https://t.co/nHgJlYjaJc
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 30, 2021
Tapper put his critique of Senator Paul’s lunatic conspiracy theory in the mildest form possible, but, in truth, no amount of work can rescue this politically-charged accusation from the depths of the tin-foil hat crowd.
One could figure that out from the two informative tweets linking to authoritative sources that Jake Tapper posted immediately after his initial response to Paul’s false allegations.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 30, 2021
Unfortunately, the sort of people who would most benefit from the information that Tapper provides won’t trust him, the CDC, the FDA, or Dr. Fauci.
They are viewers of Fox News where anti-vaccine and COVID misinformation is promoted on a daily basis, even as the corporate leaders of that destructive media outlet mandate that all their employees get their COVID shots (or a daily test) or not bother showing up for work.
Hopefully, those who reject the proven scientific methods for dealing with the pandemic will eventually realize how far astray their Republican leaders have led them and come to their senses.
If not, both the national death rate from COVID will grow much higher than the shameful number that it has already reached, and the state of politics in this nation will continue its state of extreme polarization.
Original reporting by Brad Reed at RawStory.
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