You can’t make this stuff up. On Saturday, Fox & Friends hosts Rachel Campos-Duffy, Pete Hegseth, and Will Cain discussed the new Omicron variant of the Covid-19 coronavirus. And Ken Meyer writing for Mediaite covered this discussion with a piece entitled, “Fox & Friends Weekend Hosts Suggest Democrats Are Making Up New Variants to Help Biden.”
Huh? What was that in the headline? Making up new variants to help U.S. President Joe Biden?
Holy politicization, Batman or perhaps Foxman. Did the Fox & Friends hosts actually suggest that an international situation, the emergence of the Omicron variant, was somehow simply a result of U.S.-based politics? Are the country of South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Democratic Party, all the countries that have recently declared travel restrictions such as the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and Israel, all the scientists who have been investigating the Omicron variant, public health experts, and perhaps even Big Bird somehow involved in a massive, massive politics-based conspiracy about the variant?
Well, Campos-Duffy started the Fox & Friends segment by talking about Pete Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation, describing him as “potentially our new president in 2024, or so the Democrats want.” She continued with “[Buttigieg] has said we can’t fix the supply chain problem until the pandemic is over, until Covid is over. And now we see these new variants.” The video accompanying the following tweet showed what the three hosts said next:
As you can see, Campos-Duffy said, “So that’s the answer: more lockdowns, more lockdowns, more fear and therefore he doesn’t have to do his job of fixing the supply chain because ‘we’ll just keep this whole thing going.’”
Cain added, “It’s always a new variant.” To which Hegseth threw in, “count on a variant about every October, every two years.”
Cain then responded, “You know you’re probably right. However, they could speed up, the variants could come more quickly.” The video segment concluded with Hegseth raising his right hand to his face as if he were holding a phone and saying, “We’re going to need a new variant here.”
And here you thought it was all about that bass when it may have been all about that Buttigieg, right? Gee, if the Democratic party had enough power to create new variants, shouldn’t they just use all that power to fix supply chains instead?
The Fox & Friends hosts didn’t seem to preface or finish this discussion by saying “we’re joking” or “what if” or just laughing hysterically. This wasn’t the stand-up comedy portion of Fox & Friends either. So, regardless of what the hosts’ true intents may have been, viewers could have easily thought they were serious about what they were saying.
Plus this could further feed the “Omicron variant is made up” narrative that’s already been circulating like farts and body odor on social media. As you can see in the tweets above, Representative Ronny Jackson, MD, (R-Texas) tweeted on Sunday morning, “Here comes the MEV – the Midterm Election Variant! They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election – but we’re not going to let them!”
Wow. The MD after Jackson’s name doesn’t stand for “muskrat danger.” It stands for “medical doctor.” This was the same Jackson who had served as a White House physician and had once said that then-U.S. President and current Mar-A-Lago resident Donald Trump “might live to be 200 years old,” if he had had a healthier diet, as reported by Julia Belluz for Vox. That’s when the current world record for the longest-living human is 122 years and 164 days.
In his tweet, Jackson didn’t reference the Omicron variant or the Covid-19 coronavirus specifically. But with the Omicron variant dominating the headlines, many may assume that he was referring to this severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus syndrome 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variant rather than say a hot dog variant.
Then there was the following tweet from Liz Wheeler:
“The Liz Wheeler Show” website described her as “unapologetically one of the conservative movement’s boldest voices.” Typically, “unapologetic” may not be the word that you look for when seeking medical or public health advice. Nevertheless, Wheeler’s tweet said, “Oh shocker a new variant that’s supposedly worse for kids right at the same moment that they’re trying to mandate the vaxx for kids?! What a gigantic amazing coincidence.”
You know what’s a “gigantic amazing coincidence?” That all of these politicized suggestions and claims about the omicron variant have spread seemingly faster than the variant itself. Searching for the words “omicron variant made up” will already return numerous social media posts. And most of these don’t show the Covid-19 coronavirus in mascara and highlighter with a fancy spike-cut. No, instead they include statements like “They planned [made up] this new omicron variant so they could blame it for all the vaccine deaths and adverse illnesses,” and “There’s no such thing as an omicron variant, they made it up. Just like they made up SarsCov2 and the whole #coronavirushoax. Stop this madness.”
They? Who the hay are they? Is saying “they made it up” a bit like saying “they left the toilet seat up” or “they left their underwear in the refrigerator” to everyone who is in your apartment or house? Is everyone supposed to know who “they” are? Who exactly would be planning and involved in such a massive conspiracy?
If this were somehow all a political hoax, then what do people think real scientists and public health experts around the world are doing right now? You’ve got scientists rushing to better characterize this new variant, trying to determine whether it is more transmissible or more virulent than the previous versions of the virus, as I have covered for Forbes. You’ve got real medical doctors, epidemiologists, and other researchers working overtime to figure out how much protection the current Covid-19 vaccines and immunity from natural infection will offer against the Omicron variant. You’ve got all kinds of people around the world, many of whom don’t even know who or what a Buttigieg is, preparing for the possible spread of this new variant as well as other variants that may emerge. And people are actually hinting, suggesting, or claiming that the emergence of the Omicron variant is being “made up” for political reasons?
You know all those conspiracy theories being flung around throughout the pandemic like cow dung in a sprinkler? Well, this “variant-made-up” claim is like a new highly mutated conspiracy theory variant. It further undermines science and truth. It makes it all the more difficult for public health authorities to control the spread of the variant and protect the public. If the SARS-CoV-2 could talk, it probably would say, “cool” because the chaos being created by politicians and other spreading conspiracy theories is really helping the virus.
With so many real scientists around the world closely watching the pandemic right now, it would be tough to “make up” a new Covid-19 coronavirus variant without enough people calling bull dung on it. But apparently it’s not too difficult to make up claims that something real is being made up.