Deferred Thursday Tweets — TBH, I have trouble arguing against "unvaccinated sperm is the next Bitcoin"
This post is by Unknown from West Coast Stat Views (on Observational Epidemiology and more)
I know this isn't new information, but take a minute and let the following sink in:
1. While many in the mainstream press (particularly the NYT) have been visibly pleased at the thought of Ron DeSantis taking the nomination from Trump, the one issues that genuinely divides the two men is the former president's role in developing (and continued desire to take credit for) covid vaccines. DeSantis has also tacked to the right by being even more trans and homophobic than Trump, but it is with the anti-vaxxers that he has truly set himself apart;
2. Though it's difficult to define our terms exactly, a large part, possibly a majority, of the GOP are to some degree anti-vaxxers. Many, particularly in the MAGA base, also believe that the covid vaccines is a leading cause of death among the otherwise healthy. There is also a widespread belief that one can literally catch the vaccine and suffer serious effects (including death) by coming into contact with the vaccinated.
3. By the standards of today's Republican Party, none of this qualifies as fringe. You can find these beliefs alluded to and sometimes openly espoused by members of congress, scholars at think tanks, public health officials, powerful journalists, and influencers with massive followings.
Should be an interesting Republican primary. pic.twitter.com/ACiXuPeZ06— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) January 19, 2023
If you want to know how far anti-vaxxers have pushed into the GOP mainstream, this is the head of the Heritage Foundation: pic.twitter.com/kZ1dsjpc4d— Jonathan (Read more...)