As you all are no doubt aware, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest during Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. We wish Mr. Hamlin well and hope he makes a full recovery.
Of course, Reich wing conspiracy theorists wasted little time in using what happened to Mr. Hamlin to spread their anti-vax conspiracy theories. These included Charlie Kirk, Joey Gilbert, Lauren Witzke, and Stew Peters. All of them implied that Mr. Hamlin collapsed because of the COVID vaccination, and athletes never collapsed on the field before the vaccine was released to the public. Never mind there were documented occasions in the past of athletes collapsing and dying during games, such as Chuck Hughes back in 1971.
Former Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger was having none of it though. He called Kirk, “the biggest piece of human garbage that can possibly exist right now” and called out the other anti-vax extremists using Mr. Hamlin’s medical condition for their sick purposes.
With QElon Musk in charge over at Twitter we can expect more anti-vax bullshit like this to be spread with no consequences other than being rightfully criticized by others. We can expect the likes of Kirk, Gilbert, Witzke, and Peters to use others to spread harmful disinformation and conspiracy theories while QElon and the media do little or nothing to stop the spread of harmful disinformation. It’s going to take decent people of all stripes calling out these anti-vax nut jobs and refusing to give the likes of QElon the time of day in order to stop this.