McCarthy Standing Idly By as House Republicans Endanger Lives With Anti-Vax Conspiracies

July 13, 2021
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From the Speaker’s Press Office

Americans are dying preventable deaths from COVID-19, but Kevin McCarthy’s House GOP is busy fanning the flames of conspiracy theories about lifesaving vaccines.

McCarthy has allowed his Conference to run wild with baseless attacks on lifesaving vaccines and public health efforts, at a time when infections and deaths are surging among unvaccinated Americans.  As most of the country is building back stronger than ever, many families and communities are suffering because of Republican disinformation, and McCarthy doesn’t seem to care about the lives his Members are putting in jeopardy.

In just the past few weeks, attendees at CPAC cheered the US falling short of vaccination targets and dozens of House Republicans have attacked the effort to vaccinate Americans and spread unfounded conspiracies about vaccines.  Here are just a few examples of the irresponsible, dangerous conduct McCarthy is enabling:

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Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) – Rep. Greene has spread lies about the safety of the vaccines, discouraged Americans from getting vaccinated and made repeated, offensive comparisons of common-sense public health efforts to the Holocaust:

Newsweek: Marjorie Taylor Greene Uses 'Just Say No' in Urging Americans to Reject COVID Vaccine

Washington Post: Weeks after Holocaust Museum visit, Rep. Greene makes new Nazi-era comparison in opposing vaccination push

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Tuesday used a Nazi-era comparison in opposing the Biden administration’s push to encourage all Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, calling the individuals leading those efforts ‘medical brown shirts.’”

 

Lauren Boebert (R-CO) – Rep. Boebert attacked public health efforts to educate the public about vaccines by offensively comparing the effort to conditions in Nazi Germany:

Business Insider: GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert calls Biden's door-to-door vaccinators 'needle Nazis'

“GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert on Thursday called medical professionals conducting door-to-door vaccination efforts ‘needle Nazis,’ marking the second time in one week that a Republican member of Congress has likened the Biden administration's COVID-19 mitigation strategy to Nazism, the ideology that led to the Holocaust.”

 

Andy Biggs (R-AZ) – Rep. Biggs attacked a common-sense public health campaign to increase vaccination rates on his official Congressional Twitter account, and led 31 other Republicans in a formal letter attacking the campaign:

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Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) – Rep. Cawthorn came up with his own unfounded, fear-mongering lie that public health efforts to educate the public about vaccines would lead to the government taking way guns and bibles:

Huffington Post: Rep. Madison Cawthorn Warns Door-To-Door Vaccines Could Lead To Taking Of Guns, Bibles

“As the overheated Conservative Political Action Conference inspires increasingly zany claims. along comes uber-right Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) with a warning Friday that health care workers coming to homes to vaccinate people could also be out to grab Americans’ guns and Bibles.”

 

Paul Gosar (R-AZ) – Rep. Gosar promoted the conspiracy theories of a well-known anti-vaxxer who has repeatedly been caught sharing disinformation about vaccines and COVID-19.