Trump Health Official Michael Caputo Spreads Violent Conspiracy Theories About CDC on Facebook
UPDATE: CNN reports that Caputo “is taking a two-month leave of absence from his post.”
Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), falsely claimed on Facebook that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a secret “resistance unit” to undermine President Donald Trump, reports the New York Times:
[CDC scientists] haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops [to plot] how they’re going to attack Donald Trump next. There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president.
Caputo — who has been leading an effort to change the the scientific-based CDC weekly reports to support Trump’s wild lies — told his Facebook followers to buy ammo:
If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get.
Caputo — a former Trump campaign advisor with no background in health care — claimed on Facebook that when Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refuses to concede his loss there will be violence:
And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin. The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.