An MSNBC panel reacted with a mixture of fury and disgust on Sunday afternoon after watching a clip of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Fox tell host Maria Bartiromo that the government and health officials refuse to promote ivermectin -- normally used to treat infections caused by roundworms and other parasites -- to treat Covid-19 because there is no money to be made on it.
Asked to weigh in first by host Jonathan Capehart, conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin blurted out "This is complete crap."
"What's he talking about?" host Capehart asked.
"He's talking about nothing and this is complete crap coming from him," Rubin shot back. "He never used to be this insane. He was a businessman and for years he operated like a kind of fiscal conservative, sort of normal Republican, but no more. He has jumped upon the Trump train, and let me be perfectly clear, to borrow from a Republican president, he is killing people."
"People listen to them," she continued. "They are dissuaded from taking a life-saving vaccine. He is contributing to death, he is not pro-life. He's helping to kill people, and he should be ashamed. I would hope the people of Wisconsin, if he decides to run for reelection, he hasn't quite decided, throw him out on his ear. We're reduced to one party willing for people to die so they can pay homage to this lunatic and keep their seats. It's nothing short of disgraceful."
Turning to Punchbowl News founder John Bresnahan, Capehart asked, "To Jennifer's point, Senator Johnson wasn't always like this. What's the view of him on the hill?"
"You know, his comments, he's been doing this for months," the journalist explained. "He's been doing it a long time. His comment is anti-vaccine; he's questioning the science behind vaccines. He's questioning -- talking about all this stuff. He's been doing this for a while, and he's made some really, really poorly thought out comments."
"Let's also point out here that people are giving him platforms to do this. and I think that's also -- you know, I mean, it is stunning to see a U.S. senator, a national political leader making these kind of comments where a year and a half into a pandemic that killed over 720,000 Americans," he added.
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