Florida GOP official calls COVID vaccines ‘mark of the beast’


By Em Steck, Drew Myers and Ansrew Kaczynski | CNN

Amid the recent coronavirus cases in Florida, a senior state Republican National Committee official spread anti-vaccine rhetoric and misinformation, comparing the Biden administration’s vaccination efforts to the ‘brown shirts’ of the Nazi era, and twice calling vaccines “the mark of the beast”, comparable to a “false god”.

A review by CNN’s KFile revealed that Peter Feaman, an attorney and RNC board member from Florida made the comments on his blog “The Backhoe Chronicles,” which he posts regularly to a private group on MeWe. The social media platform is promoting itself as the “anti-Facebook” app.

“Biden’s brown shirts are starting to pop up in private homes questioning vaccine papers,” Feaman wrote on July 20, mistakenly hinting that government officials would show up to people to question their immunization status , comparing them to the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party.

Previously, he supported far-right representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who used the term and faced a quick reaction.

In May, Feaman called the Covid-19 vaccines a ‘mark of the beast’ – a reference to a symbol in the Biblical Book of Revelations showing allegiance to Satan – and called Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer ‘evil’ for promoting vaccines. “Michigan’s evil governor, Whiter, wants his citizens to get the mark of the beast to participate in society,” Feaman wrote.

Now the Michigan Democrat has announced that she will prolong the state’s suffering until residents submit to ‘the coup’ and if enough of them comply with her demands, then she and Joe Biden could allow them to celebrate on July 4. “he added, apparently referring to the Biden administration’s goal of having 70% of the US adult population with at least one dose of the vaccine. here this holiday. (The goal was not met.)

He later added, “Hey Whitmer, we won’t bow down to your false god.”

CNN reached out to Feaman and the RNC for comment on several occasions, but none responded.

Feaman is one of three officials representing Florida on the governing body of the RNC, the political committee that heads the Republican Party. He has held this position since 2012.

His re-election to that post in 2020 at an annual meeting of the Florida Republican Party was supported by party state chairman Joe Gruters, and he has previously been appointed to state and judicial nominating commissions. federal government by Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Rick Scott. He was also a voter in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

Florida broke its coronavirus hospitalization record on Sunday just a day after the state recorded the most new daily cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

On Thursday, Feaman attacked new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting wearing masks indoors in places with high transmission rates of the Delta variant.

“Wolves want control and power,” he wrote. “As for me and my house, we will fight them. “

In addition to peddling false medical information, Feaman has propagated conspiracy theories. Feaman pushed the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, peddled insurgency plots from the Capitol suggesting the January 6 insurgency was a “set up to make it look bad the Trump people “and implied that the event was a” false flag “operation. led by the Democrats to seize power.

In another post from February, Feaman shared an article by conservative talk show host Dennis Prager in which the author compared the actions of Democrats after the Capitol uprising to the Nazis who used the Reichstag fire. as a means of seizing power in 1933.

“What the left is doing to demonize conservatives and Trump supporters follows exactly what the Nazis did in 1933,” Feaman wrote on MeWe, but said Trump supporters were “not afraid,” adding : “Unlike Germany in 1933, they have guns.”

In addition to his blog, Feaman has also written two books – “Wake Up, America!” in 2007 and “The Next Nightmare: How Political Correctness Will Destroy America” in 2012 – which claimed that “Islamofascism” was the greatest threat to Judeo-Christian values ​​and the United States.

One of the books appears to feature a falsified New York Times Book Review blurb. At the top of the cover of “Wake Up, America!” A blurb reads: “’Wake Up, America! Makes a compelling argument that Americans cannot take for granted – that the world today. hui won’t necessarily exist tomorrow.A similar blurb exists on its Amazon book page.

A Times spokesperson confirmed that the publication did not publish any reviews or cover the title in any way and said they were examining the unauthorized use of the Times name on the book.

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