Mike Pence wrote, in June 2020, “In current days, the media has taken to sounding the alarm bells over a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus infections. Such panic is overblown.” In case you didn’t get the message, he repeated it: “The media has tried to scare the American folks each step of the best way, and these grim predictions of a second wave are not any totally different.” At that time, there had been around 116,000 COVID-19 deaths within the U.S. The present quantity is over 550,000.
Kayleigh McEnany, not even but the White Home press secretary on the time, stated in February 2020, “We won’t see ailments just like the coronavirus come right here. We won’t see terrorism come right here. And isn’t that refreshing when contrasting it with the terrible presidency of President Obama?”
Jared Kushner, April 2020, “I believe you’ll see by June loads of the nation ought to be again to regular, and the hope is that by July the nation’s actually rocking once more.”
Proper-wing commentator Candace Owens, April 2020: “Two weeks in the past I advised you all that India was the nation to look at as hundreds of thousands of their employees have been stranded alongside the railroad — no technique of social distancing. India has simply 169 deaths. Reported its first case in January.” India is now reporting tons of of 1000’s of circumstances a day and its hospitals and crematoriums are overwhelmed.
Quickly-to-be Saturday Night time Dwell host Elon Musk, March, 2020: “Primarily based on present tendencies, most likely near zero new circumstances in US too by finish of April.”
And Donald Trump deserves multiple entries on this competitors, in fact:
February 26, 2020: “Due to all we’ve performed, the danger to the American folks stays very low. … When you have got 15 folks, and the 15 inside a few days goes to be down to shut to zero. That’s a reasonably good job we’ve performed.”
March 31, 2020: “It’ll go away, hopefully on the finish of the month and if not, it hopefully can be quickly after that.”
July 19, 2020: “It’s going to vanish and I’ll be proper.”
September 21, 2020: “It impacts just about no person. It’s a tremendous factor.”
October 23, 2020: “On Nov. 4, you received’t hear something about it [the pandemic], as a result of we’re rounding that flip.”
Then there are the vaccination skeptics. Too lots of them to totally focus on, sadly, however let’s try a pair notable ones:
Former New York Occasions reporter and present Fox Information darling Alex Berenson, February 2021: “Vaccine advocates want to start out ratcheting down expectations for the @pfizer @moderna_tx mRNA vaccines instantly. The Israeli information is more and more clear – the scientific trials considerably overstated their efficacy. In the meantime the US facet impact experiences are ugly…” The Israeli information has been extremely clear about the efficacy of the vaccines, and never in the best way Berenson meant.
Bro podcaster Joe Rogan, April 2021: “If you happen to’re, like, 21 years previous, and also you say to me, ‘Ought to I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go ‘No.’” Rogan a minimum of walked it again considerably, describing himself as a “moron,” so he bought one factor proper.
And final however not least, there’s the Miami private school, the Centner Academy, that advised academics to not get vaccinated and banned newly vaccinated academics from contact with college students as a result of they may be “shedding” vaccine.
There are such a lot of extra contenders, although—supply yours within the feedback.