Cal Cunningham Fuels Anti-Vaccine Conspiracies, Says He’d Be ‘Hesitant’ to Take

Cal Cunningham, the Democrat running for Senate in North Carolina, said he would be "hesitant" to take a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA, citing "underlying political and financial influences" in Washington and encouraging the American people to "ask questions." "Yes, I would be hesitant," Cunningham said in response to a question about a potential vaccine during Monday night's debate against GOP incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R., N.C.). "But I'm gonna to ask a lot of questions. I think that's incumbent on all of us right now." Recent Stories in Politics Cunningham's answer could provide fuel for internet conspiracy theorists who have been sounding the alarm about a potential COVID-19 vaccine by suggesting that, among other things, wealthy individuals such as Bill Gates are plotting to implant microchips in every American under the guise of a government-run vaccination program. Cunningham's skepticism regarding a potential vaccine runs contrary to the recommendations of medical experts, who have warned that public confidence and trust in institutions will be critical to any effort to inoculate the population. Americans shouldn't necessarily trust the FDA or the federal government, Cunningham suggested. "I would have a lot of questions of the FDA," the Democrat said. "I think the American people have a lot of questions about the government of this country." If elected, Cunningham said he "would be asking questions not only about this vaccine, but also about the underlying political and financial influences that are leading to distorted decision-making in Washington." Reframing one's position as simply a matter of "asking questions" is a popular tactic employed by conspiracy theorists when asked to confront the implications of their extremist beliefs. Tillis slammed Cunningham's "irresponsible" rhetoric during the debate. "We just heard a candidate for the U.S. Senate look into the camera and tell 10 million North Carolinians he would be hesitant to take a vaccine. I think that that's irresponsible," the Republican said. "We are not going to release a vaccine that doesn't have the effectiveness and safety that the gold standard of the FDA requires."

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Illegals Crime Report: Sexual Assaults in North Carolina

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Editor’s Note – The Illegals Crime Report looks at crimes reported in the United States at the hands of those listed as illegal or undocumented. Man Sexually Assaults Toddler, Takes Pictures Ivan Velez Harnett County, NC A 23-year-old illegal immigrant was arrested after authorities discovered pictures of him sexually assaulting a one-year-old baby. The Department of Homeland Security alerted the Harnett County’s Sherrif’s Office that the pornographic images were being electronically distributed from Cameron, North Carolina. After conducting an investigation, they were able to trace the images back to Ivan Velez. Deputies have indicated that the victim is known to Velez but have not released the nature of the connection. The suspect has been charged with three counts of statutory rape and three counts of sexual exploitation of a one-year-old. He is currently being held on a $3 million bond at the Harnett County Detention Center. Couple Tortured 9-Year-Old Son to Death Meridian, ID When paramedics responded to a call at a home in Meridian, ID, they found 9-year-old Emrik Osuna unresponsive. They immediately started performing CPR and transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Emergency room doctors noticed apparent signs of long-term abuse and notified authorities who arrested Emirk’s father, Erik Emmanuel Osuna, 29, and stepmother Monique Osuna, 27. Erik Emmanuel Osuna During the couple’s arraignment, they were accused of using various items to punish the child, including a belt, dog leash, wooden spoon, and frying pan. The stepmother said she used the dog leash “because it was heavier than the belt.” The boy had bruises covering his body, especially on his legs, back, buttocks, and groin. The child was forced to do physical punishments as well, such as jumping jacks and wall sits. Monique said she put her stepson in a closet to sleep at night and frequently withheld food from him. Erick claimed his son had recently been getting only rice and water for nourishment. Both parents were charged with felony injury to a child and are being held at the Ada County Jail; Monique on a $2 million bail and Eric on an ICE detainer. North Carolinians for Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NCFIRE) August 2020 Each month, the North Carolina organization NCFIRE posts a list of sexual crimes committed against children by illegal immigrants. The numbers are staggering – especially considering that they’re just for one state. Take a look at the last four months’ statistics. May 2020 23 illegal immigrants were arrested. 70 charges of child rape and sexual abuse. June 2020 22 illegal immigrants were arrested. 238 charges of child rape and sexual abuse. July 2020 17 illegal immigrants were arrested. 63 charges of child rape and sexual abuse. August 2020 22 illegal immigrants were arrested. 107 charges of child rape and sexual abuse. This barely represents a drop in the bucket of just how many children are being sexually abused nationwide by people who are in the United States illegally. Sanctuary cities and states are only making it easier for predators to remain in the country as they prey on children. Tune in next week for more on the illegals crime report. ~ Read more from Kelli Ballard.

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