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The GOP’s Paranoid Streak From John Birchers to Anti-Vaxxers

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In order to preserve the conservative movement’s credibility, William F. Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society, relegating their crackpot conspiracy theories to the fever swamps of American politics.

Six decades later, paranoid conspiracy theories are sexy again.

In recent days, right-wing personality Candace Owens declared that “not one person in my family will ever touch the COVID-19 vaccine.” A doctor appearing on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show warned about the dangers of vaccines, saying, “Unless we really have a compelling case, no one under age 30 should receive any one of these vaccines.” And Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA compared the idea of requiring college students to be vaccinated to an “apartheid-style open-air hostage situation.” (TPUSA’s co-founder Bill Montgomery died last year of complications related to COVID-19).

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