Sen. Ron Johnson’s Opponent Smears His Covid-19 Comments About Mouthwash That Actually Came From The NIH

Democrat Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski lied to voters about opponent Sen. Ron Johnson’s stance on Covid in an ad that aired last week. In the ad, Godlewski falsely claimed Johnson told Americans to “take mouthwash to cure Covid” and accused him of spewing “conspiracies.”

If that’s the case, then the National Institutes of Health is the real “conspiracy theorist,” because that’s the institution that originally offered guidance to Americans telling them that mouthwash can help fight Covid-19 germs.

What Johnson actually said is a far cry from Godlewski’s accusation, according to a transcript of his comments. Upon voicing his concerns about rising cases of Covid, the senator urged constituents to take Covid seriously and use all avenues to stay safe, including mouthwash, which is proven to reduce viral loads. 

The mouthwash recommendation did not come from Johnson but the National Institutes of Health. As shown on the NIH Library of Medicines’ website, the NIH recommends using mouthwash as it may “reduce the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in saliva.”

Johnson did not say nor imply that mouthwash cures Covid. He only reiterated NIH guidelines about how to reduce symptoms.

“By the way, standard gargle, mouthwash, has been proven to kill the coronavirus,” said Johnson in an issued statement quoting the transcript. “If you get it, you may reduce viral replication. Why not try all these things?’ I did not say that taking vitamins, using mouthwash, would be a replacement for the vaccine, should you choose to get one.”

Ironically, Godlewski trying to blame Johnson for Covid might be the most harmless nonsense she has spewed thus far. Godlewski has pushed for restricting Americans’ freedom with vaccine mandates and telling Americans, “We’re only going to get back in Lambeau stands by getting shots in as many arms as possible.”

Democrats’ obsession with forcible medical treatments is a prime example of haughty liberals not listening to Americans. Godlewski, who declares herself a pillar of “common sense,” should know that Americans do not want vaccine mandates, nor the precedent they set against long-standing medical ethics forbidding medication against patients’ consent.

Godlewski is just one of many Democrat politicians willing to exploit a worldwide tragedy to further a cynical political agenda.

Alasdaire Fleitas is an intern at The Federalist and a student at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she studies psychology and religious studies.

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