The Mesa County Commissioners’ newly-appointed Chair of the Public Health Board, Stephen D. Daniels, has made it known that he is a strong supporter of anti-vax conspiracy theorist and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (RFK). In multiple posts on his social media accounts, Daniels urges people to be open to discussion about Kennedy’s views and believe what Kennedy has to say.
But does Daniels support what RFK told a table full of people last week at a press event in Manhattan (video), that the Covid-19 virus is “ethnically targeted” to attack Caucasians and Black people, and to spare Jews and Chinese people?
RFK’s comments were widely reported as being a “Bigoted new Covid conspiracy about Jews and Chinese” (NY Times), as being “deplorable” and “hurtful” (Fox News), as spreading “false claims” about Covid-19 (CBS News) and being “antisemitic and racist” (ABC News).
Specifically, RFK said in part,
“There is an argument that it [Covid-19] is ethnically targeted. COVID-19 attacks certain races disproportionately. COVID-19 is targeted to attack Caucasians and black people. The people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.”
I asked Public Health Board Chair Stephen D. Daniels in an email to his new Mesa County email address whether he agreed with RFK’s statements.
In his response, Daniels refused to answer and insinuated that I don’t deserve to know and was being “self important” by asking him about it.
Here is our email exchange from yesterday:
Notice Mr. Daniels kindly included his cell phone number (talk and text) in the email above, in case you are a Mesa County resident and want to share your views with him. He is the chair of your Board of Public Health.