Republicans are circulating a new smear, saying that Democratic Congressional staffers advised aides to get vaccinations before visiting NASCAR events. It is, of course, just a lie designed to drive the “elite limousine liberal” and “Democrats hate regular people” narratives.
In fact the aides were visiting “health care centers, detention facilities and other operations where they could be exposed to communicable diseases” and the immunizations are routine.
The Drudge Report has been headlining the smear for a several days. Of course Republican talk-radio has been running with it. Here are just a few examples of the spread of the smear:
FOX: Aides immunized before NASCAR race,
Going to a NASCAR race? Better get your shots.
That’s the message Rep. Robin Hayes seems to think is being sent as a handful of congressional aides were told to get immunized before a fact-finding trip for a House Homeland Security Committee.
The group was immunized for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza before attending last weekend’s NASCAR race in Talladega and this weekend’s race in Concord, N.C.
Atlanta: GOP outraged over NASCAR-immunizations advisory
And days after the lie was refuted, the lie continues to spread:
Atlanta TV: Congressman Insults NASCAR Fans
Indianapolis: NASCAR races danger to government workers?
One way the Republican machine spreads this stuff is posting to forums. And here is an example of a “regular person” posting a comment in a sports forum:
It is offensive that the Democrats choose to be vaccinated from Nascar fans. I thought they claimed to be inclusive of everyone and they blame Republicans for having stereotypes. If they went to a football, baseball, or basketball game would they have been vaccinated? NO. It’s when they go to a Nascar event that they are vaccinated. Obviously they consider Nascar fans to be a group of rednecks, southerners and Christians that are apparently disease ridden.
Here is another sports forum example.