The Last Weekend in April: A Bipartisan Launch of Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories

Patricia A. Turner (African American and African Diaspora Studies)

Rarely in agreement on any political matter, within hours of each other during the last weekend of April 2020, Republican Rudy Giuliani and Democrat Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. both publicly attached themselves to conspiracy theories alleging nefarious behavior on the part of Dr. Anthony Fauci. In keeping with their political identities, the conspiracy theories they espoused were not identical and reflected their respective political agendas. This paper will explore the timing and context of their utterances and trace the dissemination of these theories from that weekend until the present.

Part of 09-07 Vernacular Responses to COVID, Saturday, October 15, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm