Michael Caputo accused CDC scientists of ‘sedition’ against President Trump
The top spokesman at the Department of Health and Human Services is taking a leave of absence after apologizing for going on a viral rant lambasting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists.
According to CNN, the department announced today that Michael R. Caputo will take a leave after spreading baseless conspiracy theories over the weekend that CDC scientists are working to undermine President Donald Trump and accused them of “sedition.”
In the Facebook live obtained by Yahoo News, Caputo, who is a political appointee of Trump, can be heard making the unfounded claims.
“These people cannot, cannot allow America to get better. Nor can they allow America to hear good news,” said Caputo. “It must be all bad news from now until the election. Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, that’s sedition.”
He goes on to say, “They are sacrificing lives in order to defeat Donald Trump. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s sedition. It’s also … you know, call it what you want, but when they let somebody get sick and die, there’s one word for that.”
He also said that if Trump wins the election, Joe Biden will refuse to concede and cause political violence.
But on Wednesday, Caputo was singing a new tune. He apologized for his rant and says he has “learned.”
“I’ve learned so much in friendship with the doctors of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force,” said Caputo. “Sometimes we disagree, but we work in unity to defeat the virus and we care for one another.”
He continued, “I want to thank Dr. Tony Fauci for conferring with my personal physician as we get the health care I long needed, and yet neglected, through the pandemic.”
The Department of Health and Human Services also released a statement in regards to the rant.
“Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo has decided to take a leave of absence to focus on his health and the well-being of his family. Mr. Caputo will be on leave for the next 60 days.”
Reports say during the leave Caputo will be seeking treatment for a lymphatic issue.
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