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Rand Paul claims migrant children are being used to 'seed' new COVID-19 variants in bizarre Fox News rant
U.S. Senator Rand Paul blasted millions of Americans who are fully vaccinated, telling them to "mind your own business" after complaining about those who say they don't want to eat in restaurants where everyone is not vaccinated.
"The bottom line is for those who are saying, 'I won't go to a restaurant unless we force everybody to be vaccinated,' if you're vaccinated you are overwhelmingly safe from hospitalization and death. Mind your own business," the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News.
Sen. Paul is correct about vaccinated people being "overwhelmingly safe from hospitalization and death," but COVID-19 can still make those vaccinated very ill, subject to long-term COVID, and can still be transmitted to those who are vaccinated or not vaccinated – including children, especially those who cannot be vaccinated. Americans are now seeing large increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations among children.
Paul also accused Democrats of "plucking" migrant children with COVID who have crossed the border into the U.S. and using them to "seed" new coronavirus variants across the country. His remarks seemed to somewhat echo those of far right Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert, who once claimed a vast "terror babies" conspiracy: children being born in the U.S. by parents not legally in the country who would grow up to become terrorists against the nation.
"They're taking kids from down at the border who may have it, and they're plucking them up and putting them all over the United States, as if they're wishing to see the country with a new variant. It's an awful thing to do," Paul baselessly alleged.
Report untangles the 'sophisticated, well-funded' web of dark money conservative groups pushing Trump's 'Big Lie'
Jane Mayer, author of the 2016 New York Times bestseller "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," is shedding light on how dark money donated by ultrarich conservatives has contributed to the tactics used to magnify former President Donald Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud.
In a piece published by The New Yorker, Mayer dissected the controversial election audit in Maricopa County, Ariz., as she explained why the effort is not as local as it may seem.
"Although the audit in Arizona may appear to be the product of local extremists, it has been fed by sophisticated, well-funded national organizations whose boards of directors include some of the country's wealthiest and highest-profile conservatives," Mayer wrote.
She went on to discuss the uses of dark money and how it has aided in promoting the falsehood of widespread voter fraud.
"Dark-money organizations, sustained by undisclosed donors, have relentlessly promoted the myth that American elections are rife with fraud, and, according to leaked records of their internal deliberations, they have drafted, supported, and in some cases taken credit for state laws that make it harder to vote," she wrote.
Experts are expressing concern about the efforts being made to upend election laws and dismantle the United States' democracy While Mayer largely highlighted the election audit in Arizona, there are many different states across the country where Republican lawmakers are taking aim at voting practices and election laws.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is still not getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus even though he just spent the past five days being quarantined after being exposed to an infected teammate.
Cousins, who played golf with and received phone calls from former President Donald Trump during his one term in office, told reporters on Thursday that his decision to not get vaccinated is "personal," and said that he would think of other ways to try to keep himself from getting sick during the NFL season.
"Cousins said he has thought about surrounding himself with plexiglass in the QB room," reports ESPN's Kevin Seifert. "He was asked why he would go to such lengths when a vaccine would be far more effective and efficient. He said the decision is personal and private."
Even though Cousins is refusing to get vaccinated, he did credit the fact that he was wearing a mask with the fact that he wasn't infected by his COVID-positive teammate.
"The protocols worked," he said, according to Pro Football Talk.
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