At least you knew right away that Dr. Stella Immanuel was nuts when she spoke about demon semen.
The far more dangerous of the white-coated figures of America’s Frontline Doctors who appeared in a press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court last year was Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
Ladapo gave the impression of talking sense until you realized that he was joining Immanuel in endorsing hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 despite extensive scientific research finding it had no therapeutic value and might even be dangerous.
The event in which Ladapo and Immanuel participated conveyed so much dangerous misinformation that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube took down the resulting video.
But on Thursday, there was no talk of incubus spunk to tip people off to the falsehoods at another press conference attended by Ladapo, this one outside an airplane hangar in Clearwater, Florida.
Ladapo was there as the state’s recently appointed surgeon general and he stood with Gov. Ron DeSantis. Ladapo’s new boss is an Ivy League graduate and is not so much cuckoo as coldly calculating when it comes to the virus that has killed more than 55,000 people in Florida alone.
The dead do not vote, but the living can be manipulated into believing that proven measures of curtailing more deaths are an assault on our God-given liberties. Hence the supporters holding ”Florida for Freedom” signs as DeSantis began to speak about the supposed threat posed by Biden administration vaccine mandates.
DeSantis said he could not wait for the state legislature to convene in January to enact rules that would circumvent the mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. He was calling for a special session.
“I think we have got to stand up for people’s jobs and their livelihoods,” he said. “We have an obligation to fight and defend the Constitution.”
Next up were three citizens who said vaccine mandates threatened to cost them their jobs. The first was a pregnant nurse, the second a fire chief. The third was an airplane mechanic who is a DeSantis dream; a Cuban refugee whose family was imprisoned by the Castro regime and has a daughter in medical school and credits his recovery from COVID to the monoclonal antibody treatment the governor champions even as he questions the far more effective vaccine.
The nurse in particular became hard to watch if you had interviewed numerous health care workers who described dying patients begging for the shot only to be told it was too late.
But to ward off such medical realities, up stepped Ladapo.
“People need to continue and stick with their intuition and their sensibilities!” he declared.
The supporters cheered. He proceeded to call into question the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.
“As we now know, these vaccines are not preventing transmission,” he said. “They reduce the likelihood of transmission and even that is sort of questionable depending on how far out you go, but they’re not preventing it.”
Nobody ever said these vaccines—or any others—would be 100 percent effective, only that they would offer significant protection, which they undeniably do. Ladapo proceeded to falsely claim that breakthrough infections are “obviously not rare, in fact they’re common.”
“That’s the truth,” he said.
He then addressed the well-founded belief that vaccine mandates are needed for safe workplaces.
“A complete lie,” he said.
He talked about the impact of unemployment on the health of those who lose their jobs because they refused the jab. He said nothing of what might befall them if they get COVID.
Ladapo was not done going against what his own jobs as surgeon general and University of Florida professor entail. He was, in fact, about to outdo himself in undermining public health and going against established science by groundlessly calling into question not only the efficacy, but the safety of an FDA-approved vaccine. He suggested that there was a “concerted effort” to censor accounts of ill effects.
“There’s total dishonesty about the safety of the vaccines,” he said.
He decried a supposed lack of “open, honest discussions.” He did not allow that the only censorship has been of dangerous disinformation such as was imparted in the video of the famous July 27, 2020, press conference he attended with Immanuel.
Ladapo did seem to be telling the full truth when he described how happy he is with his new boss, DeSantis. Ladapo then went Orwellian about the governor.
“He is a complete believer, in honesty, and integrity and so am I,” Ladapo said. “And we’re going to work together on this tirelessly and endlessly.”
By “this” he meant undermining proven ways to mitigate a deadly virus in a pandemic for political expediency.
“So we have your backs,” he said as if this did not entail mind-blowing irony. “We’re going to work like hell to help you.”
The supporters sent up their loudest cheer and Ladapo had never seemed so much more dangerous than the doctor who spoke last year of demon semen.
The physician in charge of public health in Florida had pledged to team up with the governor in perpetuating falsehoods that will get people killed.