NC-Sen: Add Thom Tillis (R) To The List Of GOPers Pushing QAnon Talking Points About COVID-19 Deaths

Along with Trump, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R. IA), and U.S. Senate candidate, Roger Marshall (R. KS), you can now add U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R. NC) to the list:

Tillis, who like Ernst and Marshall is facing a tight reelection race, told a caller in a virtual town hall that she was “absolutely right” when she said the 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 really include deaths “from things like heart attacks and slip and falls,” just because the people “have COVID in their system.”

“You're making a very, very important point,'' Tillis said. “In fact, we understand that 95 percent of the deaths were co-morbidities,” he added.

The remarks from Tillis echo the widely debunked theory that COVID-19 deaths in the United States are in reality just a fraction of the total recorded by health officials.

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Tillis repeated that vaccine decisions should be left to parents before appearing to embrace herd immunity.

“I for one hope that 60% of the country either develops an immune response after having gotten COVID or having the vaccine, because once we've gotten up to 60% this will be a manageable illness in the United States,” he said. (Scientists estimate that a little more than 2% of the U.S. population has acquired the virus, at the cost of more than 200,000 lives.)

The caller sounded like a “great mom,” Tillis concluded.

The comorbidity theory reflects a viral QAnon meme, which misrepresents a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that COVID-19 was the sole factor in only 6% of reported U.S. deaths from the coronavirus.

The theory concludes incorrectly that only 6% of those reported deaths should count, a claim which has been repeatedly debunked by medical professionals. If anything, the true number of deaths related to COVID-19 is likely undercounted, according to experts. Victims with at least one other contributing factor, such as pneumonia — itself often brought about by the virus — are still part of the total number of deaths.

Cal Cunningham (D. NC) wasted no time slamming Tillis on this:

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