Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Anti-Vax Speech: The History of Disinfection Leads to Times Like This

“Even in Hitler’s (sic) Germany you could, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did,” Kennedy said in a speech at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday.

An analogy too absurd and crude to dwell on. Kennedy broadcast his misinformation with a microphone in broad daylight to a crowd protesting the demands of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Suffice it to say Frank hid quietly in a cramped attic in the Netherlands to avoid discovery before she is discovered and killed by the Nazis.

Watch this report “60 minutes” which aired this month about the new theory, from a retired FBI agent, about who might have betrayed Frank. Pay attention to the visuals of the cramped attic where Frank lived, hidden, for years.
Covid-19 vaccines are estimated to have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives. President Joe Biden’s efforts to require vaccines for most American workers have been halted by the Supreme Court, although several cities now require proof of vaccination status for indoor dining and other communal activities.

Comparing Covid-19 public health efforts to the actions of The Nazis have become a recurring theme, though its loathing never fades.

Recall that Representative Marjorie Taylor Green was shamed to visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington last year after comparing the mask rules in Congress to the Nazis’ treatment of Jewish people.
She apologized, but learned no lasting lesson from her visit, as she used Nazi language weeks later to describe the Biden administration’s vaccination campaign.

Twitter then suspended one of its accounts after spreading false information about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines.

Here’s a fact check by CNN of a similar claim.

The vaccine and anti-Semitism. As Kennedy feels persecuted like the Jewish people, other vaccine opponents merge anti-Semitism and anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.

“I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people,” Dave Bateman, co-founder of software company Entrata, wrote in a email reported earlier this month by Fox affiliate KSTU in Salt Lake City.

“I believe the Jews are behind all of this,” he said in the email, which was sent to Utah business and political leaders, including the governor, according to KSTU. Bateman then resigned as president of Entrata.

Meanwhile, Facebook, despite its stated efforts to combat misinformation, has been found to have hosted numerous advertisements in recent months comparing the deployment of Holocaust vaccines, according to a report by CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan.

This misconception that the vaccine causes mass deaths has also been disseminated in other areas. Gonzaga University took over the basketball season tickets of its most notable alumnus John Stockton after the Utah Jazz Hall of Fame refused to wear a mask during the matches. He previously spread the lie in a documentary that the vaccine was causing professional problems athletes to drop dead. There is no evidence to support this claim.

These are the facts about the vaccine. Here is the truth, from the CNN report on Stockton: “Serious adverse events after a Covid-19 vaccine are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health workers are required to report deaths after vaccination, even if it is not It’s not clear if the vaccine was the vaccine. Such reports are also rare, according to the CDC, and all reported deaths are being reviewed for potential links to the vaccine.

The anti-vaccine coalition, here and abroad. It’s a strong minority of people who spread misinformation about vaccines, and that ranges from Kennedy, an environmentalist-turned-vaccine opponent, to Greene, the Republican firestarter.

The New York Times reports a equally diverse group of anti-vaccine activists in Germany, where the government is considering a vaccine requirement. Opposition to vaccines has given impetus to the far right and a political party known for its anti-immigrant views.

“But the opposition is not limited to an extremist fringe,” according to the Times. “Anti-vax nationalists, neo-Nazis and hooligans are joined by hippies, so-called esoterics and many ordinary citizens frightened by two years of lockdowns, curfews and the prospect of a term of office.”

Later in the Times story, he refers to “naturalists and a handful of neo-Nazis” the writer met at a rally in Nuremberg.

Struggles over how to teach history. For Fox News and current Republican politics, it is a different view of history, regardless of the facts, that is scary: opposition to the teaching of so-called critical race theory.

This question helped elect Governor Glenn Youngkin in Virginia. It has also led to numerous state laws prohibiting the teaching of Critical Race Theory, even if it is not a formal curriculum for K-12 students.

Reinforce these prohibitions on re-evaluations of history. Florida, at the request of Governor Ron DeSantis, is considering a bill that would seek to prevent people from feeling “uncomfortable” about historical actions because of their races, nationalities or gender.

It would be impossible to learn more about American slavery – or the Holocaust – without feeling uncomfortable. That’s the point.