In The Politics of Autism, I analyze the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism. This bogus idea can hurt people by allowing diseases to spread. And among those diseases could be COVID-19.
Shannon Grove the leader of the California State Senate's shrinking GOP minority, tweeted a crackpot conspiracy theory that antifa was behind the Trump riot. She took it down, but the stain remains. She has also encouraged antivaxxers. Hannah Wiley at The Sacramento Bee:
This is not the first time the Bakersfield Republican and Trump supporter has publicly promoted false information.
“I still believe @realDonaldTrump will be President fo(r) the next 4 years. #EXPOSETHECORRUPTION #USA” Grove wrote in a Nov. 8 tweet that included a Biblical photo that a spokesman said was meant to represent Grove’s “faith that our candidates can prevail in many of these races.”
Grove spoke last summer at an event held by anti-vaccine activists at the California Capitol, when she was honored for voting in 2019 against Senate Bill 276, a vaccine crackdown law that Democrats approved and Newsom signed.
In response to her Wednesday tweet, Mike Madrid, a GOP strategist in California and co-founder of the anti-Trump political action committee the Lincoln Project, called for Grove’s resignation.
“It’s shameful, it’s embarrassing and it should lead to her resignation,” he said. “If not, she should be recalled.”