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Brianna Keilar Slams Sen. Ron Johnson for Gross Lie Relating to Athletes Dying Because of Vax

Nobody can hint precisely the place the rumor began (although there’s a concept beneath), however individuals within the typical “anti-vax” group, specifically the robust MAGA-types, have began speaking about skilled athletes dying on the sphere, the court docket, no matter, as a result of vaccine and we’re not speaking a few half-dozen, the quantity is put over one-hundred. (One would suppose that “2” could be observed.)

Simply prior to now week, NBA legend John Stockton briefly misplaced his season tickets to all Gonzaga College basketball video games for his refusal to put on a masks and, when interviewed by the Spokesman-Review, mentioned:

“I feel it’s extremely recorded now, there’s 150 I consider now, it’s over 100 skilled athletes lifeless – skilled athletes – the prime of their life, dropping lifeless which might be vaccinated, proper on the pitch, proper on the sphere, proper on the court docket,” Stockton mentioned within the interview.

As unimaginable as it’s to consider {that a} world traveler, college-educated, and complex athlete, writer, businessperson, might have such beliefs, we at the moment are compelled to report {that a} United States Senator has used the identical unusual story (once more, close to untraceable as to the place it began). Brianna Keilar completely destroyed that Senator, Ron Johnson (shock!):

Quoting Mediaite:

“So there’s a brand new Covid lie that’s making the right-wing media rounds and now a U.S. senator is spreading it,” she mentioned on Friday’s New Day. “On Wednesday, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson mentioned this.”

New Day then performed a soundbite of Johnson saying on The Charlie Kirk Present, “We’ve heard story after story. I imply, all these athletes dropping lifeless on the sphere. However we’re alleged to ignore that. Nothing occurring right here. Nothing to see. It is a travesty. It is a scandal.”

It might be a travesty and a scandal if Sen. Johnson might merely title one in every of them, only one.

Keilar went on:

“That may be a U.S. senator saying one thing that’s simply verifiable, completely unfaithful, and in addition harmful.”

Cillizza defined that the conspiracy happened courtesy of the far-right Gateway Pundit in December after they “linked to a research from a web site referred to as Good Sciencing” about athletes with “myocarditis and pericarditis, points with their coronary heart and so they took the vaccine.”

Cillizza went on to elucidate how the research merely wasn’t correct and that it appeared to incorporate athletes like “Hank Aaron” (One of many best athletes and heroes of all time), who died at age 86 of pure causes, not the vaccine.

It’s simply additional proof of a scarcity of widespread sense. It doesn’t matter if it’s a second-string cricket participant in India,  an Aussie Guidelines Soccer participant, a Chinese language badminton participant, or a reasonably mediocre skilled bowler in Greece. If skilled athletes began dying on the court docket, pitch, area, lanes, observe, air, ice, snow, ring, octagon, steadiness beam, or trampoline, the world would discover. One would suppose that somebody might level that out to Sen. Johnson and John Stockton and get them to tilt their head for a second and finally agree.

You may’t.


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