Whatever Happened to the Ebola Panic?

Whatever Happened to the Ebola Panic? May 15, 2015

Salon.com looks back at what some prominent conservative politicians were saying about the Ebola outbreak last year, but they’ve missed out on the really good examples of right wing hysteria and buffoonery on the subject. So I thought I’d fill in some of my favorites.

Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily, for instance, said that Obama was refusing to close the borders and sending a few hundred troops to help set up clinics in the countries most affected because he was deliberately trying to spread Ebola in America. He called it the Cloward-Piven-Ebola strategy and said it was all due to Obama’s “evil nature.”

Phyllis Schlafly likewise said that Obama was “letting these diseased people into this country to infect our own people.” Why he would want to do that in the middle of an election campaign was never explained, of course, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a claim that appeals only to those already so beset with Obama Derangement Syndrome that neither evidence nor logic is necessary.

Rick Wiles offered a whole range of bizarre claims about Ebola. First he was very excited and hopeful about it, saying, Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.” Then he decided it was really an Obama trick to kill and enslave Christians. He said that Obama “will place West African Ebola victims in Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the United States of America. He’ll contaminate the VA hospitals with the Ebola virus.” And that he had “Ebola SWAT teams” that would force those with the disease into “Ebola Barry’s Ebola Recovery and Re-Education Camps,” after which “you’ll be a zombie, a walking dead.” And he was going to use Ebola to send millions of people into FEMA camps. And that Obama was going to use it to shut down churches. And also use it “as the cover to round up patriots who resist the takedown of the Republic.”

Glenn Beck dove in head first with his usual hyperbole, saying that Ebola is “literally going to be the death of all of us.”

John Hagee declared that Ebola was part of God’s judgement on America, which is odd because we only had a tiny number of cases, none of which ended up spreading. I guess God likes to punish Liberia for what America does. He’s a lot like George W. Bush that way.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-eally stupid) opined that Obama was deliberately allowing Ebola into the United States in order to seize control of the country and become a dictator.

Not one to be outdone, Michael Savage also said that Obama “wants to infect the nation with Ebola” because he “wants equality and he wants fairness and it’s only fair that America have a nice epidemic or two or three or four in order to really feel what it’s like to be in the Third World.”

Larry Klayman claimed that Ebola promised an “imminent health crisis here at home” and that “suicide terrorists” would “opt to infect themselves and sneak into our country with the disease” to “create a massive epidemic.” He even filed one of his famous lawsuits, claiming that Ebola could be spread through the air (no it can’t) and that the Obama administration knew about it but did nothing to stop it because they wanted to help their “American Muslim ISIS suicide terrorists.”

Laurie Roth had a multi-level conspiracy theory. Obama was using Ebola to justify a “forced vaccination plan” that would “release something potentially fatal into our system, but also act as a tracker – the complete end of our privacy and freedom.” She quoted Walid and Theodore Shoebat, who said that, “ISIS is planning to bring in people through out America infected with EBOLA. They are most likely already peppered throughout many cities now.”

All of those people should, of course, be incredibly embarrassed about making such monumentally idiotic predictions, none of which came true. The Ebola “crisis” in the United States was a small handful people and was over in a few weeks. Even Liberia is now Ebola-free and there are only a small number of cases left in neighboring cases. They don’t feel embarrassed at all, however. They just casually move on to the next hysterical overreaction and their followers don’t notice how gloriously wrong they were — and are, about virtually everything. Being a far-right conspiracy crank means never having to admit to being full of shit.


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