House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently faced controversy for spreading COVID-19 conspiracy theories during a hearing, defending Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s claim linking baseball legend Hank Aaron's death to the COVID-19 vaccine. This sparked significant responses on social media.
Kennedy's Tweet and Allegations
In 2021, Robert Kennedy Jr. posted a tweet calling the death of 86-year-old Hank Aaron "suspicious," as it occurred shortly after he received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. In the tweet, Kennedy stated that Aaron's passing was part of a concerning pattern of similar deaths among elderly individuals following vaccination. He highlighted that Aaron had received the vaccine on January 5 as part of an effort to encourage other Black Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
White House Response
The White House, under President Joe Biden's administration, promptly flagged Kennedy's tweet as "misinformation." This decision drew attention to the growing concern over the spread of false or misleading information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination.
Amid the backlash, Jim Jordan defended Robert Kennedy Jr.'s claims, arguing that they were simply "pointing out facts." He contended that Kennedy's tweet did not contain any factually inaccurate information. According to Jordan, Hank Aaron, a revered American figure, passed away after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, making it a relevant observation.
Social Media Reactions
Unsurprisingly, Jordan's comments generated a flurry of responses on social media, with people expressing a wide range of opinions about the validity of the claims made by Kennedy and Jordan.