RoJo the Clown is at it again. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who surfed into office on the derp wave of 2010, has been temporarily bounced from YouTube because he can’t distinguish reality from nonsense.
Make no mistake. He is a stupid, stupid man. If you somehow linked Johnson’s, Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s, and Rep. Louie Gohmert’s brains together, you might attain the computing power of a Pong console. Or maybe an Etch-a-Sketch. In other words, they’re not exactly deep—or even shallow, for that matter—thinkers, and the latest news from Johnsonville confirms that.
Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wis.) YouTube account was suspended for one week starting Friday for uploading content violating the platform’s policy against COVID-19 misinformation.
The video that triggered the suspension was a roundtable discussion in which the lawmaker falsely claimed that coronavirus vaccines are unsafe.
“The updated figures today are 17,619,” he said. “That is 225 times the number of deaths in just a 10-month period versus an annual figure for the flu vaccine. These vaccine injuries are real.”
What Johnson is referring to here is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System database (VAERS). Like Bazooka Joe comics or model airplane glue warning labels, Johnson has trouble reading this data correctly.
Here’s the CDC’s own warning about interpreting the raw data in VAERS—a warning that Johnson seems determined to ignore at all costs.
VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of possible health problems—also called “adverse events”—after vaccination. As an early warning system, VAERS cannot prove that a vaccine caused a problem. Specifically, a report to VAERS does not mean that a vaccine caused an adverse event. But VAERS can give CDC and FDA important information. If it looks as though a vaccine might be causing a problem, FDA and CDC will investigate further and take action if needed.
Anyone can submit a report to VAERS — healthcare professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the general public. VAERS welcomes all reports, regardless of seriousness, and regardless of how likely the vaccine may have been to have caused the adverse event.
See that part the CDC went out of its way to highlight? “[A] report to VAERS does not mean that a vaccine caused an adverse event.”
Anyone—and I mean anyone—can report an adverse reaction on the VAERS database. I could say the first shot gave me stigmata and the second one made me grow gills, and it would be on the database for any fool to interpret as they saw fit.
More importantly, just because someone died after getting a shot doesn’t mean they died because of the shot. To date, more than 225 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Some of them were bound to die. Indeed, the vast majority would have no doubt passed anyway. Because, you know, people fucking die. What would have truly been troubling is if there had been no fatalities in the wake of these vaccinations, because then we’d be looking at a drug that causes vampirism, and who wants that?
Ron Johnson, apparently.
The COVID-19 vaccines have not “caused” 17,619 deaths any more than Ron Johnson’s election “caused” me to move as far away from Wisconsin as I possibly could. (Scott Walker was the true inspiration for that.)
In response to his temporary ouster, Johnson predictably threw a fit. In a statement, he wrote, “Once again Big Tech is censoring the truth. Why won’t they let the vaccine injured tell their stories and medical experts give a second opinion? Why can’t we discuss the harmful effects of mandates? Apparently, the Biden administration and federal health agencies must not be questioned. How many more lives will be needlessly destroyed?”
That last one’s actually a very relevant question—only RoJo doesn’t understand why. How many more lives will be needlessly destroyed by Johnson’s, and others’, glitchy brains? A whole hell of a lot, it seems.
This is not the first time that Johnson has been suspended from YouTube. He lost his uploading privileges for a week back in June, after posting a video touting hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. At the time, he also claimed that YouTube was engaged in “censorship,” even though its policies are posted for anyone to see.
“YouTube’s ongoing Covid censorship proves they have accumulated too much unaccountable power,” Johnson wrote in a statement at the time. “Big Tech and mainstream media believe they are smarter than medical doctors who have devoted their lives to science and use their skills to save lives. They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies.”
Hmm, is there an implicit threat in there from a powerful member of Congress? That doesn’t make me feel good.
Of course, this latest rebuke of Johnson is pretty sad, especially coming from a platform that’s kept this thing up for 13 years:
At least they’re not singing about injecting disinfectant or eating horse paste. Maybe if RoJo pitched his quackery through karaoke it would fly right under YouTube’s radar.
Or maybe it’s way past time that he leaves the Senate, and makes room for someone without his serious reading comprehension problem.
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