Followers of the fierce right-wing Weeks cluster online have repeatedly turned to one special site in recent weeks, the Federal Database, which shows deaths and adverse reactions among people who have been vaccinated with COVID-19 across the country.
Although adverse reactions have been relatively rare, these extremist groups use these figures in articles supporting false outbreaks of alarming misinformation and in videos: “COVID-19 vaccines are weapons of mass destruction. And they can wipe out the “human race” or “doctors and nurses who give the COVID-19 vaccine will be prosecuted as war criminals.”
If the so-called “Stop Theft” movement seemed to be pursuing the lost cause after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, its extremist supporters are now embracing a new anti-vaccination agenda in an attempt to undermine the government.
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These groups tend to present vaccines as a symbol of excessive government control. “If fewer people are vaccinated, the system will have to use more aggressive force on the rest of us to shoot,” reads a recent post on the Telegram social media platform on the Proud Boys channel. is accused of invading the Capitol area.
The focus on vaccines is particularly shocking in the wake of QAnon’s follow-up debates, which falsely predicted that Donald Trump would continue as president while his political opponents went to jail.
“They left Trump in a shift in national discourse to what was happening with a flurry of vaccines,” said Devin Burghart, director of the Seattle-based Institute for Human Rights Research and Education, which oversees far-right movements, including QAnon followers. “It allowed them to stay away from the failure of their previous prophecy to focus on anything else.”
The apocalyptic warnings about the vaccine come in the form of extreme support for the fact that the government cannot be trusted, which also underlies the January 6 Capitol riots. The more opponents of the vaccine are able to prevent or at least delay the herd’s immunity, experts say it will take longer for life to return to normal, which will undermine the government’s trust in its institutions.
Last spring, the far-right activist և anti-vaccination movement emerged as a common target during armed protests against the coronavirus blockade in many state capitals. During the Cross period, that cross-breeding expanded.
On January 6, as insurgents marched on the US Capitol, many leaders of the anti-vaccination movement rallied nearby to protest both the election results and the COVID-19 vaccine.
The events overshadowed their protest, but at least one outspoken activist, Dr. Simone Gold of Beverly Hills, California, was charged with violating the Capitol. He called his arrest an attack on free speech. He was one of several doctors who appeared in the video last year to make misleading claims about the coronavirus. Trump has released a version of the video that Facebook, YouTube և Twitter removed after millions of viewers watched it.
A few months after the vaccines began in December, extremist groups in the anti-vaccine movement gained more and more votes as conspiracy theories about vaccines increased, while those linked to the president’s vote count were pushed back.
As their protests continued, far-right groups used the same rhetoric of vaccine opponents. “Stop Stealing” հայտնի The voices against the anti-vaccination movement helped to disperse protests on March 20 against vaccines, masks and social distances against American cities, including Portland, Oregon’s Rally, North Carolina, as well as Australia. , Canada այլ Other countries of the world.
In April, the “Learn How to Fight for Your Health and Freedom” conference is scheduled to bring together Trump allies such as Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, as well as senior members of the counterterrorism effort.
GOP distrust is deepening
Malignancy of coronavirus vaccines is clearly not limited to extremist groups associated with Capitol disorders. In general, there is a deep partisanship over vaccines.
A third of Republicans polled by CBS News said they would avoid vaccination, compared to 10 percent of Democrats, and another 20 percent said they were not sure. Other surveys have found similar trends.
About 100 members of the US House of Representatives, about a quarter, were not vaccinated as of mid-March, said Kevin McCarthy, a minority leader in the California House of Representatives.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The former president, who has been vaccinated, recently approved of the shooting, sparking some disbelief in other QAnon chat rooms. “I would recommend it, I would advise a lot of people who do not want to get it, a lot of those people honestly voted for me,” he told Fox News.
With the help of the right wing, there have been some constant memes attacking vaccines, such as the cartoon, which suggests that what started with mask mandates will end in fema concentration camps for those who refuse vaccinations.
Many channels refer to a government website called VAERS for a vaccine adverse event reporting system to provide energy to offspring. It reported that in the three months before March 22, there were 2,216 deaths among people vaccinated at 126 million doses. The COVID-19 vaccine used, like most vaccines, is considered to be predominantly safe, but a small percentage of recipients inevitably develop adverse reactions, some of which are severe. Deaths are not directly related to vaccinations.
Raw, incomplete statistics for VAERS are intended for scientists և medical professionals, but are widely used by extremist groups to undermine confidence in the vaccine. One video consisted of a man reading aloud a detail from a diagram, shouting “Murder,” which read “Death.”
Tens of thousands of QAnon followers on Telegram are flooded with videos warning of the dire consequences of taking the vaccine. For example, the British serial conspiracy theorist David Ike posted a video called “Murder through vaccines”, saying that it transforms the nature of the human body. (Allegations that vaccines alter human DNA are false.)
Icke used to be best known for pushing the idea that the world was controlled by alien lizards that lived in a global network of underground tunnels.
Far vocabulary common in far right groups
The widespread dissemination of conspiracy theories by QAnon followers over the years has led to the creation of a common vocabulary of far-right organizations, experts say, paving the way for the spread of false information about vaccines. “Last year with COVID was just the perfect storm. Regardless of your conspiracy theories, there is someone who has a COVID conspiracy to match it,” said Melissa Ryan, CEO of Card Strategies, a misinformation research consultancy.
Vaccines are sometimes called “drinkable” and sometimes “bioavailable”, and there are claims that vaccinated people “shed mutant viruses”.
The Telegram is at the heart of much of the atmosphere of misinformation and fear. There are claims on one channel that the vaccine is a dislocation tool. “At the end of this year, there will be a massive wave of death among vaccine recipients,” the post reads.
In Idaho, far-right activist Ammon Bundy helped push for a proposed state law banning any mandatory vaccines, although he stopped work after the legislature shut down on March 19 for more than two weeks as many lawmakers became infected with the coronavirus.
The question is, where does this newly rigged alliance come from? Some analysts believe that its life span will be limited. The far right is focusing on another issue, such as immigration. Eventually, hundreds of millions of Americans will be vaccinated, they said, adding that vaccine pessimism is not the same as vaccination. Some doubts will be allayed if time proves that the vaccines are effective.
A new report by the Rutgers University Institute for Infection Research shows that while dismantling extremist groups has made it difficult for them to campaign, the bloc could unite the various factions of the united anti-government movement on public health issues.
“It increases the chances of a large tent enemy,” said Elle Finkelstein, an employee of Rutgers, who runs the institute. “If you feel deprived like all these right-wing groups, boy, I have a tent for you.”