Twitter temporarily locked the account of The Federalist Wednesday after the conservative opinion site published a piece, written by a dermatologist based in Oregon, that proposed the deliberate spread of the coronavirus in order to boost immunity to the disease.
The op-ed, penned by Dr. Douglas Perednia, proposed an “outside the box” solution to the current pandemic that flies in the face of advice from experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who are urging social distancing.
Perednia wrote that a “controlled infection” — modeled after the “chickenpox parties” of the last century — is the measure that should be considered.
As you can see below, even some hardcore right wing nutjobs are appalled by The Federalist, whose co-founder is Sean Davis [photo].
I am continually flabbergasted that The Federalist is running these kinds of takes, especially after one of their staff writers, Bre Payton, died in 2018 from H1N1 flu https://t.co/syKkw08V6H
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) March 25, 2020
I think this is the fifth time in the past year and a half that I’ve been glad The Federalist fired me, sparing me the necessity of having to quit in protest. https://t.co/KbWxLWTcHg
— Robert Tracinski (@Tracinski) March 25, 2020
Are you fucking mental? https://t.co/NyJNDnHL8L
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 25, 2020
This is dangerous, weapons-grade disinformation that appears engineered to try to kill as many people as possible. Please do not follow this advice. https://t.co/xI07NPMxoq
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) March 25, 2020
Does the virus fund the federalist? https://t.co/neVAK3TjZ7
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 25, 2020
I’m going to have to pass on this strategy https://t.co/FrtOwYkaqP
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 25, 2020
this is *really* outside the box when you consider that scientists aren’t yet sure if you even develop an immunity to coronavirus after you have it the first time https://t.co/Ak55S0Bd1G
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) March 25, 2020