Rep. Jeff Hoverson misses his anti-vaccine mandate rally after getting COVID-19

Rep. Jeff Hoverson misses his anti-vaccine mandate rally
after getting COVID-19 1

A North Dakota lawmaker who organized a rally against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations was not able to attend his event because he contracted COVID-19.

Rep. Jeff Hoverson assisted in the organization of the “We the People” rally, which gathered on the steps of North Dakota’s capital building on Monday (at “HIGH NOON,” according to a Facebook post from Hoverson) to protest the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates.

Though the rally went ahead as scheduled, Hoverson was nowhere to be found — because he was sick in bed with COVID-19.

“COVID is real and like a really bad flu,” he wrote in a Facebook post on the day before the rally, “I am currently quarantining and each day is getting better.”

Hoverson’s condition did not cause him to concede victory to COVID-19 vaccines, though. Instead, he praised the purported benefits of Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic that is generally administered to livestock but has been co-opted by far-right commentators and internet groups as a treatment for COVID-19.

“Thank you, brave soul, for getting me Ivermectin, which now with covid, I am able to stay out of the hospital,” Hoverson wrote on Facebook. “Call and tell the state health dept to stop misleading the public about these available treatments.”

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The “We the People” rally took place at the state capital in Bismarck, North Dakota.
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The FDA strongly advises against using Ivermectin to treat COVID-19.

Hoverson has a history of generating news headlines. Just last month, the representative was turned away from boarding a flight in his hometown of Minot, after an altercation with a TSA security guard. Then in 2019, after refusing to participate in a Hindu prayer during a House session, Hoverson, who is also a Lutheran pastor, told reporters that he did not “want to be compelled to pray to a false god.”

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