Former Trump advisor Michael Flynn claims the COVID-19 pandemic was fabricated to distract from the 2020 election

Former Trump advisor Michael Flynn claims the COVID-19 pandemic was fabricated to distract from the 2020 election

May 23, 2021
  • Michael Flynn says the coronavirus pandemic was made up to distract from the 2020 election.
  • The former Trump advisor said Friday he thinks COVID-19 was fabricated “to gain control” of society.
  • Flynn is a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory and pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI.
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Former national security advisor Michael Flynn said that he believes the coronavirus pandemic was fabricated to distract from the 2020 election.

Flynn, who has become a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory, falsely claimed in an interview Friday that the virus was made up before November 3 last year “to gain control” of society.

“When you look around the world, why do all these places not have the problems that we keep getting beat over the head and shoulders on in this country when it comes to Covid?” Flynn said, according to The Independent.

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“Why? Because everything, everything, and this is my truth, what I believe, everything is a distraction to what happened on November 3,” he continued. “Everything we hear about Covid, and how Covid started before November 3, it is all meant to control, it is all meant to gain control of a society to be able to force decisions on society, instead of allowing ‘we the people’ to make decisions.”

Watch the interview below:

Flynn also claimed he had taken hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malaria prescription drug touted by Former President Trump as a COVID-19 cure — for 30 years.

The drug, which is often given to US military members to prevent malaria in foreign countries, has been proven not to help against COVID-19, multiple studies have shown. Flynn is a retired United States Army lieutenant general.

Flynn served as Former President Donald Trump’s national security advisor in January and February 2017 before resigning over reports that he had lied about his contact with a Russian official.

He later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the US at the time. Trump eventually pardoned him. 

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