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Timothy L. O'Brien

Anti-Vaxxers and Anti-Maskers Are Deadly, Not Principled

Reality, expertise and the common good should triumph over hollow claims of protecting the rights of the individual.

The anti-vaccine, anti-mask crowd is as dangerous as it is cartoonish.

The anti-vaccine, anti-mask crowd is as dangerous as it is cartoonish.

Photographer: Mark Felix/AFP/Getty Images

Representative Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican, is a controversial former police officer and car dealer. The “Cajun John Wayne” is neither a virologist nor an epidemiologist, and he has disclosed that he contracted Covid-19 (or what he calls “the CCP biological attack weaponized virus”) for the second time. He hasn’t said if he has been vaccinated but suggested on Facebook that he plans to treat his malady with “western, eastern, and holistic variables.”

Providing informed public health guidance — and requiring compliance — isn’t his thing, anyway.