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A Kentucky lawmaker tweeted a meme comparing Dr. Anthony Fauci to Jonestown massacre leader Jim Jones — and later defended the move by saying, “We can’t be led by fear.”
State Rep. Regina Huff, a Republican from Williamsburg who chairs Kentucky’s House Education Committee, tweeted a meme early Tuesday showing the nation’s top infectious disease next to Jones — whose 909 followers downed poisoned Kool-Aid in a mass murder-suicide at his compound in Guyana in 1978.
“I persuaded over 900 people to drink my Koolaid,” read a caption beneath a photo of Jones.
“Amateur,” text beneath Fauci’s photo read.
“Some will cavil, they will not be able to help themselves,” Huff wrote alongside the meme, which she later deleted.
But a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal spotted the image before Huff took it down, noting that the meme appeared to “compare vaccination efforts against COVID-19” to the Jonestown massacre.
In a second tweet that was also deleted, Huff said she took the image down due to the amount of “vulgarity” in the comments.
“The context of the tweet is representative of the efforts gearing up to mandating and controlling citizens, once again,” Huff tweeted. “Our students need to be in school, with parents deciding if they wear a mask.”
In a follow-up post, Huff insisted the newspaper’s report that the meme referenced vaccinations was inaccurate.
“It is the mandates and efforts to control that are the issue. I don’t have any problem whatsoever with vaccinations,” Huff tweeted later Tuesday. “It is each individuals [sic] right to choose to vaccinate or not.”