Joseph Ladapo—the doctor appointed on Tuesday as Florida’s new surgeon general by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis—once appeared in a COVID-19 conspiracy video featuring Dr. Stella Immanuel.
Immanuel, a pediatrician and religious minister, gained notoriety in 2020 for her bizarre theories, including that “demonic seed” causes endometriosis and ovarian cysts. In July 2020, Ladapo appeared in a 43-minute viral video as part of a group called America’s Frontline Doctors.
None of the doctors in the video were epidemiologists or immunologists best qualified to speak on infectious diseases. The doctors’ recorded speech was organized by the Tea Party Patriots, a right-wing group backed by wealthy Republican donors.
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Some facts about Ron DeSantis’s Surgeon General pick, Joseph Ladapo:
🦠Was part of “Demon Sperm” nutjob doctors
🦠Promotes hydroxychloroquine & ivermectin
🦠Lies about masks
🦠Signed document urging universal Covid infection, which was made by creationists https://t.co/BMyuLqy00l pic.twitter.com/CitXEotkPH
— Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) September 21, 2021