Wayne Allyn Root, Misinformation (And COVID) Superspreader
The misinformation-laden WorldNetDaily columnist is actually proud that he hid a COVID infection from people while on a book tour and that he was likely contagious.
By Terry Krepel
Wayne Allyn Root
Yes, it's true. I beat COVID-19 in 48 hours with ivermectin. Before I get to that story, I have more news guaranteed to make liberals' heads explode.
Nobody's head was exploding over Root turning his wedding into a virtue-signaling superspreader event -- given his propensity for spreading misinformation, nobody's even surprised. Note that Root didn't say how many of his guests came down with COVID after the wedding. Anyway, on to the other news:
Want to watch liberals' heads triple explode? Here's the best story yet. I was healthy and strong at my wedding because of ivermectin.
Does it get better? Root wants you to think it does:
Wait, it gets better. My book, "The Great Patriot Protest & Boycott Book," is out, and I was on a book tour promoting the book. I was a guest (over the phone) on over 20 radio shows that week, with COVID-19 and no one noticed.
In other words, Root had an active case of COVID, during which time he was likely contagious -- and he told nobody. That's highly irresponsible, and it put other people's lives in danger. Root is self-absorbed enough to think it was a wonderful thing that he hid from people that he had an active case of COVID -- the protocol for which is that you quarantine for several days, giving that a with an active COVID infection can still spread it even if they're asymptomatic. How many of those people around him on those TV shows and his book tour caught COVID from Root? He's not going to tell us. He has graduated from being a COVID misinformer to a COVID superspreader.
Root went on to sing the praises of ivermectin, finally declaring: "Hey, liberals, are you listening? Have your heads exploded yet?" Only at your selfish irresponsibility, Wayne.
The misinfo continues
When not spreading actual COVID, Root continued to COVID misinformation. Like this Dec. 13 column:
The COVID-19 vaccines appear to be causing a global health disaster. There are so many warnings from all around the world. I'll list just a few in this column. But the U.S. media remain silent. They're as quiet as a church mouse. Why?
Root sure loves his conspiracy theories, doesn't he? He seems to be referring two European soccer players -- Christian Ericksen and Alex Apolinario -- who collapsed on the field; Apolinario later died. As it turns out, neither Ericksen nor Apolinario were vaccinated. Since those are false claims, it stands to reason that Root's larger claim about an epidemic of dying athletes is false too.
Also, it's quite clear what's happening with crowded hospitals: The Omicron variant is highly contagious, even for people who have been vaccinated, though it's still a fact that the unvaccinated will face much more serious symptoms and risk of death than the vaccinated.
But as a conspiracist, Root had some misinformation to pass along:
But I can solve the mystery. I believe that these are COVID-19 vaccine-related injuries overwhelming ERs and ICUs. The very illnesses that are most prevalent in this mysterious health emergency heart attack deaths, cardiac arrest, strokes, blood clots, multiple organ failure are all the same COVID-19 vaccine side effects listed in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Ah, but Root lacks credibility, morality and decency, so he's spreading lies about VAERS data -- something he loves to do. But he's not done:
Now let me let you in on a terrible secret. My insider health care sources are reporting so many victims are filing reports with VAERS that the system is hopelessly overwhelmed and backed up. There may be 20,000 or 40,000 or 60,000 more deaths waiting to be processed into the VAERS system. They tell me the numbers are staggering.
Root can find the source of that evil if only he's willing to look in the mirror.
Breaking down Root's misinfo
Root took exception to being called a "moron" for spreading said misinformation, and he devoted his Jan. 10 column to rebutting the claim ... with more misinformation. Let's break it down paragraph by paragraph:
It's so easy to win a debate with an ignorant liberal. They have no facts. They have no brilliant oratory. Just name-calling. After my national TV interviews last week explaining why I believe the COVID-19 vaccine is killing and injuring thousands of Americans, I received an email from an intensive care unit doctor. He called me a "moron." Below is my reply filled with common sense, logic, facts and most importantly, SCIENCE about the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccine. Needless to say, the doctor never replied.
In fact, that alleged result came from a data error, and the institute has since corrected the data and reported that the number of unvaccinated COVID patients is much higher.
Third, some studies show that the COVID-19 vaccine damages the immune system, thereby making it more likely that the vaccinated will get sick with each successive variant.
Fourth, if the vaccine is so great, why do the deep blue states like New York have massive COVID-19 outbreaks? New York City just set the all-time record for COVID-19 infections in a day. New York right now has almost 30% of all the COVID-19 cases nationwide. How could this happen if vaccines, masks and lockdowns worked?
Because New York City is highly populated, the Omicron variant is highly contagious, and vaccine protection wears off and is less effective against Omicron.
Fifth, if the vaccine is so great, why are there far more COVID-19 deaths in 2021 with the vaccine than there were in 2020 without it?
Because not enough people got vaccinated, people who absolutely refused to get vaccinated caught it, and the Delta variant was more contagious than the original variant.
Sixth, as a M.D., why don't you pay attention to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System? It's been the gold standard for decades to identify if any vaccine is causing more harm than good.
Root is lying about VAERS data, as he usually does -- it is not a full accounting of all alleged adverse effects, and the database itself clearly states that "the inclusion of events in VAERS data does not imply causality."He is deliberately misinterpreting VAERS data to claim that the vaccine "may have killed over 21,000 Americans."
How could you doubt VAERS? Pfizer's own research showed that there were 1,200 deaths during the initial first few weeks of their vaccine rollout. That's Pfizer's reporting.
In fact, those reports were unverified, and the Pfizer report did not raise any new safety concerns about the vaccine.
Certainly, people should agree that no baby, toddler, child or teen should ever be forced to take this jab. As a John Hopkins study proved, the risk of a child dying is basically zero. Out of 48,000 childhood cases of COVID-19 they studied, no healthy child died.
I've had COVID-19. It was gone in 48 hours after I took ivermectin, plus antibiotic (Z Pak), plus megadoses of vitamins C, D3, zinc and quercetin. Plus, I received intravenous vitamin C. Worked like a charm. Gone in 48 hours. Mild.
He also hid his infection from people he was around while doing a book tour and media appearances, meaning he likely spread it to others.
I now have immunity. No one with immunity needs to vaccinate. I believe the risks far outweigh the benefits. I make healthy lifestyle choices. I'm not anti-vaccine. I'm pro-immune system.
In fact, "natural immunity" wears off just like vaccine protection does, and Root will need to get a vaccine -- unless, of course, he wants to be a bug-chaser like Dennis Prager and keep infecting himself with COVID.
Justus R. Hope, M.D., and others report that in India, the government ended the worst COVID-19 outbreak anywhere in the world by handing out free packets of ivermectin plus vitamins. They report that COVID-19 went away literally overnight, and deaths dropped to virtually zero. That's exactly what America should have done and should be doing right now.
There's no proven link between a decline of COVID cases in India and the introduction of ivermectin. (Oh, and "Justus R. Hope, M.D." is a fake name that someone claiming to be a doctor uses to push ivermectin.)
ConWebWatch would never call Root a "moron" -- to the contrary, he has proven himself to be quite clever. It's pretty clear, however, that he thinks his readers are morons. Why else would he continue to peddle the same old discredited claims well after they have been discredited?
More fearmongering (and the Confederacy)
Root ramped up the fearmongering to go along with his COVID misinformation. In his Jan. 17 column, he melted down over Washington, D.C.'s mandate regarding vaccinated people:
Thursday wasn't a good day for President Joe Biden. First, the Supreme Court shouted "LET'S GO BRANDON" by killing his prized private-employer vaccine mandate. Then Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema destroyed his dreams of banning voter ID to ensure one-party rule in America.
Nobody cares that Root is a right-wing Jew. They do care, however, that he's overly proud to be a COVID superspreader. Nevertheless, he continued to go Godwin:
Today's unvaccinated American is being called the same words Jews were called in Nazi Germany: dirty, filthy, dangerous, diseased, criminal, disloyal, selfish, someone who should be banned from society, no longer allowed to eat at restaurants or have a drink among normal people.
Why? Because COVID transmissibility was highly elevated and vaccines work. Root just doesn't want to admit those inconvenient facts.
Root went off on a really weird tangent in his Jan. 24 column, insisting that Democratic support for vaccine mandates makes them just like pro-slavery confederates:
Understand I'm not talking about today's American South. I love the South. If it weren't for the patriots and conservatives of Southern states today, we wouldn't have a Republican Party. We wouldn't have lower taxes, prosperity, plentiful jobs, economic freedom or capitalism. We wouldn't be America. God bless the Southern states. You are my heroes.
Root tried to top that in his Feb. 7 column by calling for a Canada-esque trucker blockade outside the Super Bowl:
It's time to use civil disobedience to kill the vaccine mandates. In America we need our courageous "Mother Truckers" to blockade the Super Bowl. It's time for thousands of 18-wheeler trucks to surround SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
Of course, Root had some misleading information to attempt to bolster his call for civil disobedience. He hyped that "More Israelis have COVID-19 infections (per capita) than anywhere else on the globe," though that's actually more of a function of aggressive testing than actual infection levels. He added:
How about hospitalizations? According to professor Yaakov Jerris, director of Ichilov Hospital's coronavirus ward: "Right now, most of our severe cases are vaccinated. They had at least three injections. Between 70 and 80 percent of the serious cases are vaccinated.
Root is repeating a viral anti-vaxx claim. In fact, the name of the professor and hospital are wrong, and the claim about vaccinated patients was taken out of context -- he actually said that hospitalized vaccinated patients typically have other comorbidities. Root also wrote:
Life insurance giant Aegon just announced life insurance payouts skyrocketed 258% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to 2020. What changed? Vaccines didn't exist in 2020.
In fact, higher payouts were being driven by deaths from the Delta variant and deferred medical care during the pandemic, not vaccines.
Root has a track record of dishonest COVID claims, and he lived down to that yet again.
Playing the conspiracy hits
Root's Jan. 31 column, headlined "The COVID-19 storyline is the greatest scam in world history," began with this rant reviewing some of his misinformation-laden greatest hits:
This week has been eye-opening. Even for me and I'm the guy who has warned for over a year, in commentary after commentary, and often for three hours a day on my nationally syndicated radio show, that the COVID-19 vaccine could be dangerous and deadly and could lead to catastrophe.
Root then purported to relate "the FACTS that have come pouring out of the closet just in the past week" -- which, of course, are largely right-wing conspiracy theories that are largely devoid of fact, a lot of which lack sufficient information to properly fact-check. His first bullet point:
Israel is the most vaccinated major nation in the world. Almost the entire population is quadruple vaccinated. Yet right now Israel is No. 1 in the world for COVID-19 infections. Over one half of 1% of their entire population is testing positive for COVID-19 PER DAY.
Again, that's largely a reflection of aggressive testing levels. Another claim:
The most perfect control group ever is the U.S. military. Every young soldier got the COVID-19 vaccine in the past year. To follow the results is the very definition of science. Military whistleblowers have come forward with Department of Defense medical data showing since the start of the vaccine program cancer is up about 300% among military members; female infertility is up 500%; miscarriages are up by 300%; and there was an astronomical 1,000% increase in neurological disorders from 82,000 to 863,000 in one year.
In fact, those numbers are misleading because the database they are pulled from had underreported those conditions in previous years. He continued:
One more control group of formerly healthy young men and women: FIFA soccer players in the EU. Deaths from cardiac arrest increased by 500% in 2021. An astounding 183 professional athletes and coaches collapsed "suddenly" in 2021.
There is no evidence to support this claim. Nevertheless, he persisted:
Worst of all is the news from the CDC that non-COVID-19 deaths in the age range of 18 to 49 increased by 40% in the past year. No one has ever seen anything like this. Why are working-age Americans dying in record numbers? Only one thing changed in 2021: vaccine mandates at the workplace.
Root concluded by declaring, "This is the greatest scam in world history. It would make Bernie Madoff blush." The only scamming we're seeing is Root pushing bogus statistics to push his narrative.Root served up a variation on this theme in his Feb. 21 column under the headline "COVID: The world's biggest-ever 'get-rich-quick' scheme." He began with a complaint about a friend who allegedly received a $115,000 bill for a day in the hospital after a suspected heart attack, which turned into a rant about the health care system that President Obama purportedly screwed up, followed by claiming that COVID is somehow a profit-making "Ponzi scheme" for people he doesn't like:
Here's a simple explanation of the world's biggest "get-rich-quick" Ponzi scheme.
In fact, while the federal government did increase reimbursement to hospitals for Medicare patients treated for COVID, there's no evidence hospitals have tried to exaggerate COVID numbers to get more in Medicare payments.
Root then repeated a couple more of his greatest misinformation hits about people "experiencing heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and advanced cancer directly from the COVID-19 vaccine itself" and "a conspiracy of government and media slandering and banning the only cheap, highly effective miracle drugs and vitamins that work for pennies on the dollar, like ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, zinc and vitamins C and D3." The hits are apparently playing for his right-wing audience, so it's unsurprising he's sticking with them, no matter how many times they've been discredited.