Anti-vaccine Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) said in an interview that the COVID vaccines may cause AIDS.
Johnson was being interviewed by anti-vaxxer Todd Callender, who alleged that the COVID vaccines “caused vaccine-induced AIDS.”
Callender continued: “They purposefully gave people AIDS. They knew this.”
“Until we start holding people accountable, Fauci number one, you’re going to see people still falling out, still getting sick,” he added.
“Let me challenge you there. That’s way down the road,” Johnson replied. “I mean, you gotta do one step at a time. Everything you say may be true, OK, but right now the public views the vaccines as largely safe and effective, that vaccine injuries are rare and mild. That’s the narrative, that’s what the vast majority of the public accepts. So until we get a larger percentage of the population with their eyes open to ‘woah, these vaccine injuries are real, why?’ You know, it’s gotta be step by step. You can’t leap to crimes against humanity. You can’t leap to another Nuremberg trial.”
The COVID-19 vaccines do not cause AIDS. They do not weaken the immune system, it stimulates it to recognize and defend the body against COVID.
“To be clear, the Senator has never stated nor does believe that the vaccine causes HIV,” Johnson’s spokesperson Alexa Henning said in a statement. “Someone else brought it up on the call and the senator pushed back on his claim.”
Johnson has been known for pushing conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and proposing less effective treatments for the disease like Ivermectin and gargling mouthwash.