The Insane Conspiracy Theory That Republicans Are Trying to Prolong the Pandemic

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during an interview with Reuters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 27, 2021. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Progressive pundits promote a lunatic conspiracy theory about Republicans and vaccines.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C onspiratorial thinking runs deep among a certain species of progressive pundit, but even by that standard, this is nuts. Brian Beutler of Crooked Media argues that the Republican Party has intentionally “sabotaged” vaccination and pursued a deliberate strategy of “killing people” in order to prolong the pandemic and blame Joe Biden:

The GOP plan was to sabotage herd immunity and blame Dems for it. For all the praise Rs received for changing tune on vaccination after a surge was already upon us, they haven’t changed course: They sabotaged herd immunity, now they’re blaming Dems for it . . .

Republicans did as

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