PENNSYLVANIA — Insurrectionist, Q-Anon sympathizer and potential governer candidate Doug Mastriano is once again turning up the crazy meter — this time by spreading anti-vaccine lies as millions of Pennsylvanians receive their COVID-19 vaccines.
From Media Matters:
Mastriano has pushed false claims about vaccinations, which are safe and do not cause autism. On April 12, he shared a Facebook video that’s accompanied by text that falsely claims that “vaccines kills & causes autism” and refers to vaccines as “the government’s poison.” And on March 27, he posted a video featuring disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield that falsely connects vaccines to autism.
Mastriano has also pushed other extreme rhetoric about the coronavirus. (He tested positive for COVID-19 in November.)
On July 18, he posted “a copy and paste” message that claimed that “we are being set up for something”; COVID-19 is “a government sponsored virus”; and “there are thousands of viruses that *could* affect the population, but these viruses do not matter because MSM didn’t say they do.”
On May 3, he shared a meme claiming that CNN fabricates “how many corona virus victims there are.”
And on December 23, he shared a meme featuring an image of Star Trek “redshirts” — a reference to people who are expendable — with the caption “the first wave of people waiting for their COVID19 vaccinations.”
Read the full piece here.