Donald Trump’s ex, Marla Maples, hasn’t been visibly connected to his political circle over these four years. Her daughter, Tiffany Trump, is the president’s only adult child who isn’t involved in the White House, and perhaps in that, she follows in her mother’s path. Marla, an actress and television personality, has made public comments about the presidency a few times, particularly when it involved Tiffany. However, now she’s being noticed for promoting some anti-vax conspiracy theories about Bill Gates and a secret microchip hidden in a vaccine, and she’s also apparently attempting involvement in the White House pandemic response.
The conspiracy theory that vaccines could be used to hide microchips that might then be used for nefarious purposes from tracking to control isn’t new. It’s been circling through anti-vax camps for years. However, the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the notion that a majority of the population would need to be vaccinated for the purposes of herd immunity, has caused another resurgence. Snopes actually addressed this back in April, assuring readers that the claim was not true.
Conspiracy theorists misrepresent Bill Gates’ funding of vaccination and digital-identity research as evidence of a nefarious global surveillance plan foretold in the Book of Revelation.
Marla Maples posted an example to her Instagram, promoting a post from known anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Posts to a user’s Instagram story disappear after 24 hours, but CNN reporter Betsy Kline captured a screenshot.
Marla Maples, who has largely avoided political statements since President Trump took office, is publicly promoting this conspiracy theory on a coronavirus vaccine from anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to her 114,000+ Instagram followers pic.twitter.com/FTtPT4XSgz
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) August 14, 2020
Over the years, Trump has expressed anti-vax sentiments at various times. Psypost reported earlier this year on a study that found his tweets influenced followers toward ant-vax views. This particular leaning seems to be one thing Trump and his ex have in common. According to the Daily Beast, Maples has also been trying to get Trump to promote COVID-19 tips she considers helpful.
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