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The far-right has introduced a host of deranged conspiracy theories regarding the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines, which have proven to be safe and effective at slowing the spread of the virus that's killed over 700 thousand Americans.

From elected officials to private citizens at city council meetings, conspiracy theorists have claimed the vaccines are magnetized, that they contain microchips, and even that they're the biblical "mark of the beast."

But few of these conspiracy theories were more delusional than one mentioned in a so-called "vaccine death report" promoted by far right state Representative Ken Weyler of New Hampshire. The report absurdly claimed the vaccines contain "self-aware" creatures with tentacles.

The state's Republican governor, Chris Sununu, denounced the erroneous claim to CNN"s Erin Burnett—and he didn't mince words.

Watch below.

The governor said:

"Look, Erin, when crazy comes knocking at the door, you've got to slam it shut. That's all there is to it. I don't care what party you're from. ... There's just absolutely no place for the misinformation, the crazy conspiracy theories, all that kind of nonsense, I don't care what party you're from. We're gonna push back on it every time, because we've still got a big job to do. ... I got a lot on my plate, I don't need that kind of crazy getting in the way."

Others agreed, but many accused Sununu of initially tolerating these same conspiracy theories.


Regardless, Sununu is far from the only one acknowledging that vaccine conspiracy theories are a threat to public health and, sadly, far too widespread.



Around 67 percent of Americans have gotten their first dose of the vaccine.