Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate and conspiracy theorist Garrett Soldano once again made headlines, this time after admitting on the record that he is unvaccinated — despite Donald Trump’s urging to his supporters — and that COVID-19 is no worse than a common cold. He also claimed that if children get COVID-19, they’ll be “fine,” despite countless evidence of the contrary.
Despite no training as a medical doctor, Soldano has spent months claiming that his qualifications as a chiropractor give him authority on the public health response to the global pandemic. He has also hawked snail oil COVID-19 “cures.”
Nearly 34,000 Michiganders have died from COVID-19 since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago.
By Austin Linfante | February 21, 2022
- At an event earlier this month, Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Garrett Soldano revealed he’s unvaccinated against COVID-19 and strongly implied that beating the virus is a matter of personal responsibility.
- Soldano, a chiropractor, said he isn’t vaccinated since his natural antibody count appears to be increasing after a previous infection last year. When asked what others should do, he said his “Get Out of Jail Free card” is telling people it’s a matter of conscience.
- He also doubted the effectiveness of masks and downplayed the seriousness of the virus, saying “COVID’s a cold.” He then advocated against children getting vaccinated because of the lower COVID-19 death rate for children. As of Feb. 16, 822 American children died as a result of COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.
- “You let the kids get this naturally, it’d be fine,” Soldano said.