Conspiracy Theories Abound Surrounding Coronavirus

Conspiracy Theories Abound Surrounding Coronavirus

Conspiracy Theories Abound Surrounding Coronavirus

There are so many mysteries about the coronavirus: where it came from, why it’s here, and what will happen. But as humans we want to fill in those knowledge gaps. So some people use conspiracy theories to answer those unknowns, and wacky theories exist on both the right and left.

Many of the more creative theories seem to come from the far right. Some believe that the coronavirus pandemic is no more than a political ploy, like the Ohio man who posted angry messages saying just that.

“Does anybody have the guts to say this COVID-19 is a political ploy? Asking for a friend. Prove me wrong.”

Sadly for this man and his loved ones, COVID-19 proved him wrong. He died on April 15 of the disease.

An extension of this theory states that coronavirus is part of a deep state conspiracy to bring in the “New World Order.” Adherents to this theory film empty hospital waiting rooms and parking lots as proof, while ignoring that fact that visitors cannot enter many hospitals due to the virus.

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Then there are those who believe that Bill Gates is using COVID-19 as a reason to install trackers into everyone’s bodies once we have a vaccine to fight the virus. So why would he do this? To add to his billions, of course. That’s about as believable as those on the left who think Trump is out to make money on the use of hydroxychloroquine.

Finally, there’s the theory that 5G towers are emitting tiny radio waves that mess with our bodies, causing us to be susceptible to the coronavirus. That theory doesn’t just exist in the US; 5G truthers have burned cell towers in the UK as well.

But it’s not just the guys living in Mom’s basement who are churning out this stuff. Actors John Cusack and Woody Harrelson (no stranger to conspiracies is he) also buy into the 5G bunk.

Yet, as I said above, the far right aren’t the only ones to dabble in conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19. The left have their own ideas too, and most of them surround President Trump.

I noted above, for example, the theory that Trump is promoting hydroxychloroquine because he can make money off its manufacture. But there’s more: presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told his supporters that Trump is using COVID-19 to delay the election.

“Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held.”

Yeah, let’s mark his words as total bullcrap. Constitutional attorney Jonathan Turley noted in The Hill that the date of the national election is set by federal law. Thus, Trump cannot change it through an executive order. Plus, the 20th amendment to the Constitution states that the power of the president ends on January 20 anyway, end of story.

Then there’s the Salon nutter who goes by the preposterous name of Lucian K. Truscott IV (yes, that’s his real name), who uses his West Point credentials to give him credibility. He’s rather like the Fredo of the Long Gray Line, the guy who couldn’t cut it by actually serving: “I’m smart! and I want respect!”

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Credit: tenor.com.

Anyway, Truscott claims that Trump is using COVID-19 to kill off voters in the states that won’t support his re-election. Yes, Fredo said that:

“The states that are a lock for Trump, or the states he doesn’t stand a chance in? Let them rip. Get the dying out of the way now. Maybe by the fall the coronavirus infection numbers will go down, maybe not.”  

“The number of those killed won’t go down, but Trump doesn’t give a shit. He’s not the president of the United States. He’s the president of the Confederate States of MAGA. All he wants to do is win. If they’re not Trump’s voters, let ’em die.”

But perhaps the most durable of all leftist falsehoods has nothing to do with Trump. Rather, it’s that Sen. Tom Cotton claimed that Sars-CoV-2. the coronavirus, was developed by the Chinese as a bioweapon to use against the US.

Cotton did nothing of the kind. In fact, he tweeted that “deliberate release” was “very unlikely,” and that the virus most likely occurred naturally. Or, perhaps, if it did come from a virology lab near Wuhan, it was “bad science, bad safety.” Plus, U.S. officials have been concerned about inadequate safety at that Wuhan lab for the past two years, anyway.

In the end, however, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said that evidence that Sars-CoV-2 came from the Wuhan lab is “inconclusive.” The website LiveScience concurred, and said that we may never know. But never mind that: Tom Cotton is a Conspiracy Kook fits the media narrative.

The simple fact is this: as people, we want answers to why our existence has been turned on its head. Some of us are willing to honestly say we don’t know, while others dabble in conspiracy theories. That kind of behavior has always been with us, of course, but in this highly-charged political environment, too many people seek out websites which confirm their biases. I’m afraid conspiracy theories on both the right and left will remain with us as long as the virus runs our lives.

 

Featured image: Apionid/flickr/cropped/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

8 Comments
  • Scott says:

    Good examples there Kim. Woody Harrelson is a batshit (yep, that was intentional) crazy leftist, and Lucian Truscott’s grandfather (notable from WWII) is spinning in his grave seeing what a bag of shit his lineage turned into. While everyone is still saying that’s it’s inconclusive, it seems more than likely that this virus came from the lab in Wuhan. I’ll happily put on my tinfoil hat and suggest that it was reasobaly likely that it WAS released as a weapon, or at a minimum, being developed as a weapon, and released in the matter Sen Cotton suggested

    • GWB says:

      Should we start using “bat tartare” instead of “batshit”?

      (Ah, yes, you see the “maybe it was being worked on and slipped out” angle, too.)

      • Scott says:

        Well, first it started with eating bats, then everyone bought all the toilet paper, and finally everyone is going nuts.. so you can truly say the world has gone bat crap crazy!!

  • Armageddon Rex says:

    Cui Bono? Who stood to profit? As I recall, before the Wuhan Corona virus struck, Hong Kong was more or less an active civil war zone. Multiple reports were circulating about the spread of unrest to Guangzhou and other areas of southern China. What an effective and deniable way to quash a rebellion! China’s recent arrest of pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong just days ago provides further proof of intent… A great man once said: once is bad luck, twice is happenstance, three times is enemy action.

    • GWB says:

      While I can see the utility, this virus hits the wrong demographic, methinks. And it’s a very scattergun/ blunderbuss approach. Seems the hard way to go about it.

  • GWB says:

    Truscott claims that Trump is using COVID-19 to kill off voters in the states that won’t support his re-election.
    That one is just silly. Everyone knows that once they die, they’ll vote Democrat.

  • GWB says:

    the Confederate States of MAGA
    Oh, fer cryin’ out loud. Do people actually let this man outside without his thorazine? Do they let him around children?

    Sars-CoV-2. the coronavirus, was developed by the Chinese as a bioweapon to use against the US
    That is unlikely.* However, they were researching it. Perhaps this one is a little different because a strain they were trying to weaponize slipped out in an intermediate stage. Not saying that is, just that – given China’s incompetence and their willingness to f mess with stuff they shouldn’t mess with – it might be.
    (* Look, if it were a weapon and intended to be used against the US, it wouldn’t have decimated Wuhan first. They would have made sure it popped up first – how many students, academics and researchers do they have in this country? – somewhere in the US. And it certainly wouldn’t weed out the old and feeble – it would strike young males nearly exclusively.)

    You nailed the explanation, though, Kim. Especially since we no longer have supernatural monsters and fickle gods on which to blame this sort of stuff. ‘Cause reason and stuff.

  • Many of the conspiracy theories are completely bonkers (you didn’t touch on the craziest ones).

    The problem is that all sorts of bad players really are conspiring the virus outbreak and especially the shutdowns for political purposes, and this has a tendency to get lost in all the confusion. There really are people who want to dismantle Western civilization, and they really are exploiting this. Kim, when you write “The simple fact is this: as people, we want answers to why our existence has been turned on its head. Some of us are willing to honestly say we don’t know…” I think you’re missing that.

    For example, there’s reasonable evidence the virus escaped from a Wuhan lab rather than originating in the eating of bats. There’s very good evidence President Xi exploited and worsened the outbreak in Wuhan to attack political opponents, and corrupted WHO in order to cover up China’s malfeasance. It’s pretty clear that Google and other silicon valley players are working with WHO and China to shut down dissenters on coronavirus issues. Silicon valley also is announcing its “helpfulness” in rolling out systems for tracking everyone.

    Here in Michigan, Gov. Whitmer is exploiting the shutdown to hurt political opponents. In general, Democrat governors appear to be marching in lockstep to grab extra-constitutional (i.e. unconstitutional) powers. Democrats in Congress conspired to put extensions to unemployment into the bailout, and now workers can simply quit, citing fears of the virus, and increase their incomes — Dems understand they are creating unemployment and further wrecking businesses and the economy. And MSM systematically lies about all of this.

    When the participants talk about doing such things or can be seen doing them, they are not conspiracy theories, they’re conspiracies.

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