Ted Nugent Wonders Why We Didn't Shut Down for the Other 18 COVIDs
"I'm addicted to truth, logic and common sense," he says
Published Apr 08, 2021As you should probably know by now, COVID-19 was named after the novel coronavirus outbreak that began in late 2019. It shouldn't have to bear repeating, since we're already more than a year into this mess, but apparently, some of the pandemic skeptics have yet to get the memo.
Case in point: controversial far-right music figure and Tom Morello's best buddy, Ted Nugent, has yet to receive this particular transmission, as evidenced by his recent COVID-truther rant on Facebook Live.
In the video posted yesterday (April 7), Nugent wondered loudly about why we didn't lockdown for the other COVIDs:
You know, I guess I would ask you, because I'm addicted to truth, logic and common sense, and my common sense meter would demand the answer to: Why weren't we shut down for COVID-1 through -18?
There was a COVID-1, and there was a COVID-2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9, -10, -11, -12, -13, -14, -15, -16, -17, -18. COVID-1 through -18 didn't shut anything down, but woah, COVID-19 — even though it's 99.8 percent survivable. Why didn't we shut down for the AIDS epidemic or the flu or the Spanish Flu or the bird flu or the West Nile flu or influenza every year?
They claim five hundred thousand people have died from COVID-19. Bullshit. I believe that medical examiners in all 50 states have gone, "I put down on the death certificate that he died of asphyxiation, but they made me put COVID." "Well, this guy was stabbed to death, but they made me put down COVID." "This guy was run over by a tandem gravel truck doing a four-wheel drift and the crows be pecking at your flesh, but they made me put down COVID-19."
To clarify, as per the CDC, the World Health Organization announced the abbreviated name for coronavirus on February 11, 2020: "The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, 'CO' stands for 'corona,' 'VI' for 'virus,' and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as '2019 novel coronavirus' or '2019-nCoV.'"
Now that we've cleared that up, listen to Nugent's ramblings below — or don't. There's already enough nonsense in this world.