A person the Mesa County Commissioners appointed to the Board of Health yesterday, Stephen D. Daniels, is a strong supporter of anti-vax conspiracy theorist and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (RFK), according to his social media accounts. Posts on the same sources also reveal Daniels is anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-Disney, and a climate change denier who opposes Colorado’s new family and medical leave law, which gives workers paid time off to care for a new baby or a loved one who has a serious health condition.
Presidential candidate RFK, whom Daniels supports, opposes vaccines that prevent dire illnesses in children and adults, like polio, measles and smallpox. In 2017, Scientific American wrote that “For more than a decade, Kennedy has promoted anti-vaccine propaganda completely unconnected to reality,” and if his anti-vax advocacy “leads to even a small decline in vaccine rates across the country, it will result in the waste of untold amounts of money and in all likelihood, the preventable deaths of infants too young to be vaccinated.”
Other equally alarming posts show Daniels is a Trump supporter who believes January 6 was a peaceful day at the Capitol, who openly detests Democrats and doesn’t believe professionals like plumbers, barbers or realtors should be licensed. He also believes the current ethically-plagued Supreme Court is functioning “exactly as it’s supposed to.”
His conspiratorial views about Covid-19 and vaccines agree with those of Commissioner Janet Rowland, who promoted QAnon- linked conspiracy theories about Covid-19 while running for commissioner in 2020.
Stephen Daniels by all accounts appears to be a dangerous extremist conspiracy theorist who is inappropriate to serve on a taxpayer-funded Board of Public Health, just like Rowland herself.