According to a report from the Journal of Musical Things, aging rocker Ted Nugent posted a video rant on his Facebook page pushing a long-debunked COVID-19 conspiracy theory that has critics of the conservative entertainer wondering if he is not very bright or just desperate for attention.
In the video , Nugent complained about his next tour being canceled due to COVID precautions, then ranted, "You know, I guess I would ask you — because I'm addicted to truth, logic and common sense — and my common-sense meter would demand the answer to why weren't we shut down for COVID one through 18? COVID-1 — and there was a COVID 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 — COVID one through 18 didn't shut anything down but woah, COVID-19!"
As fact-checker Snopes responded, "The respiratory disease COVID-19 was named in February 2020 for the coronavirus that causes it — SARS-CoV-2 — and the year in which the first disease case was reported — 2019. Following that logic, Nugent's proclamation of a "COVID one through 18" would suggest that there had been 18 years of coronavirus infection rates at a global scale, which is unfounded."
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Today's best quote by a social conservative? Ted Nugent: "You know... because I’m addicted to truth, logic and com… https://t.co/XvKGEahsAO— John H Daniel 3d (@John H Daniel 3d)1618230989.0
COVID-1 — and there was a COVID 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 — COVID one through 1… https://t.co/3i67w5wMUb— Invictus272 (@Invictus272)1618174101.0
Ted Nugent: “I'm addicted to truth, logic and common sense—and my common-sense meter would demand the answer to why weren't we shut down for COVID 1 through 18?"
Duh, because we're starting with Episode 19 and then we cash in with lots of prequels!https://t.co/b3WlIaPK7f
— Center for Inquiry (@center4inquiry) April 12, 2021
Has been Rocker Ted Nugent proves he is still an idiot by asking about COVID-1 throught COVID-18?https://t.co/Zia1P1ohYb via @freep— Mechadave (@Mechadave)1618226313.0
@snopes He’s a complete dope— MTK (@MTK)1618170203.0
@snopes Ya can't help idiots— gregg havens (@gregg havens)1618180874.0
@snopes Oh my god - even though there are so many obviously batshit claims made, apparently in earnest, I thought t… https://t.co/y2efXCLorS— (((John Davis))) (@(((John Davis))))1618169760.0
@snopes Attention seeker— ChuckOlson5 (@ChuckOlson5)1618223923.0
@realityhyp @snopes Not to mention going up on stage with a rifle and telling Obama to suck on it.— 🍁Armored Fighting Vehicle Trebuchet🍁 (@🍁Armored Fighting Vehicle Trebuchet🍁)1618169580.0
@snopes Who'd've guessed that cat scratch fever eats all your brain cells?— Roy the Second (@Roy the Second)1618176189.0
@snopes I’m all for actors and singers and sport stars sharing their political views. But some of them really should think before speaking.— Brian Holder (@Brian Holder)1618178708.0
@Newsweek The stupidity is paralyzing.— Penny Baldwin-French (@Penny Baldwin-French)1618025543.0
@Newsweek So f’in stupid.— Dave Rowlen (@Dave Rowlen)1618022442.0
@Newsweek Sometimes people really are as dumb as you think they are.— Thicc Van Exel (@Thicc Van Exel)1618020323.0
@Newsweek Theodore looking for attention again.— Past Prime (@Past Prime)1618026283.0
I would also like to know what happened to Maroon 1 through 4! https://t.co/MzpNwZonUg— Carlos Alberto Sanchez #mexicanphilosophy (@Carlos Alberto Sanchez #mexicanphilosophy)1617928705.0
Ted Nugent says he wants to know why there were no lockdowns ‘COVID 1 Thru 18’ but he's really wondering why he sud… https://t.co/P3oOQAu0Ev— 🇺🇸LOL🇺🇸GOP🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸LOL🇺🇸GOP🇺🇸)1618223238.0
@Newsweek https://t.co/etZ6nMXb31— Reza Archer (@Reza Archer)1618021339.0
🎶 I have an IQ of 55 🎶 ~ @TedNugent https://t.co/lBKigZpCSE— Greg (@Greg)1618237028.0
In these trying and ever-changing times, it's good to know that Ted Nugent is still an unfathomably stupid jackass.— Jim Eustice (@Jim Eustice)1618236624.0