The Republican senator told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on air Sunday morning that coronavirus vaccines are “experimental” and that ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, is not being promoted as a COVID-19 treatment because there’s “not money in it.” Neither of these statements is true.
“What in the entire ― What’s he talking about?” MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart asked.
Jennifer Rubin, a conservative political columnist for the Washington Post, characterized his comments as “complete crap.”
“He never used to be this insane. He was a businessman and for years, he operated like a kind of fiscal conservative, sort of normal Republican,” she said. But no more. He has jumped upon the Trump train, and let me be perfectly clear … he is killing people.”
“People listen to them. They are dissuaded from taking a life-saving vaccine. He is contributing to death. He is not pro-life. He’s helping to kill people, and he should be ashamed,” she added.
John Bresnahan, co-founder of Punchbowl News and longtime Capitol Hill reporter, noted that Johnson had been been making anti-science and anti-vaccine comments for months now.
“It is stunning to see a U.S. senator, a national political leader, making these kinds of comments. We’re a year and a half into a pandemic that has killed over 720,000 Americans,” he said.
Johnson routinely makes dangerous and untrue comments about coronavirus and other subjects, including the violent Jan. 6 insurrection, which he has repeatedly downplayed and described as a mostly “peaceful protest.”
Watch a clip of the MSNBC segment below, courtesy of Raw Story.