On Wednesday, in an interview on The Brian Kilmeade Show, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of having "overhyped" AIDS in the past, during an attack on his assessment of the COVID Omicron variant.
"Fauci did the exact same thing with AIDS," said Johnson. "He overhyped it. He created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population when it couldn't. He's using the exact same playbook with COVID, ignoring therapy, pushing a vaccine."
!!\n\nRon Johnson on Omicron:\u00a0"Fauci did the exact same thing with AIDS. He overhyped it. He created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population when it couldn't. He's using the exact same playbook with COVID, ignoring therapy, pushing a vaccine."pic.twitter.com/uL2IMThje7— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan) 1638395208
Johnson did not elaborate on what "therapy" he believes would be more effective at controlling COVID-19 than mass vaccination, although he has previously pushed a discredited protocol of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the virus — and this medical disinformation got him temporarily suspended from YouTube.
The AIDS epidemic has killed over 700,000 people in the United States since the virus was first isolated in the early 1980s. For years, Republican lawmakers refused to act on the crisis in any meaningful way because they believed it to be a virus of gay men.
Back in September, former president Donald Trump suggested at a MAGA rally that he'd rather have Democrat Stacey Abrams as governor of Georgia than Republican incumbent Brian Kemp.
But now that Abrams has formally announced her candidacy, Trump is taking a slightly different approach.
“Stacey 'The Hoax' Abrams has just announced that she’s running for Governor of Georgia," Trump said in a statement from his Save America PAC on Wednesday.
"I beat her single-handedly, without much of a candidate, in 2018," Trump added, taking credit for Kemp's narrow victory over Abrams in the last gubernatorial election.
"I’ll beat her again, but it will be hard to do with Brian Kemp, because the MAGA base will just not vote for him after what he did with respect to Election Integrity and two horribly run elections, for President and then two Senate seats," Trump said. "But some good Republican will run, and some good Republican will get my endorsement, and some good Republican will WIN!”
At his September rally in Georgia, Trump railed against Kemp by saying, "Stacey, would you like to take his place? It's OK with me," adding that she "might very well be better" than the incumbent.
Trump also suggested that Kemp was unwilling to overturn the results of the 2020 election because he was afraid of Abrams.
"Brian Kemp, (Secretary of State Brad) Raffensperger, and your state leaders surrendered to Stacey Abrams," Trump said. "They totally surrendered to her. I think he's afraid of Stacey Abrams. I don't understand that. Stacey, you know, you have a great team. OK?"
CNN's Jim Acosta said on Wednesday that officials who worked in the Trump White House reached out to him to share their feelings about revelations that he concealed a positive COVID-19 test from them last fall.
Discussing the bombshell claims about Trump's positive COVID test made by former chief of staff Mark Meadows, Acosta said that many former Trump officials were not pleased to hear that their one-time boss endangered their physical health.
"I can tell you from talking to former senior White House officials, there are a number of them who were disgusted by this," he said. "That was the word used by one senior white house official I spoke with earlier today."
Acosta went on to link Trump's reckless behavior with his administration's overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which so far has killed more than 780,000 Americans.
"It just goes back to what we all saw, you know, in real time throughout Trump's handling of the coronavirus, from when he was downplaying testing, to telling people that they can inject themselves with disinfectants, to saying it was a miracle it would all go away," he said. "He was essentially patient zero in our disinformation pandemic and as it turns out may have been patient zero in an outbreak at the White House."
Watch the video below.
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