A New Hampshire Republican who disseminated a document claiming COVID-19 vaccines contained tentacled creatures that enter the human body has resigned from two committees of the state’s legislature.
State Representative Ken Wyler has stepped down as a member of the House Finance and Joint Legislative Fiscal committees following criticism from Republican Governor Chris Sununu and Democrats.
Wyler said he had not read the entire 52-page document, which he sent to colleagues on the fiscal via email, and acknowledged that it contained “conspiracy material.”
The document, entitled The Vaccine Death Report, contained a number of false and conspiratorial claims, including that governments want to “steal our very own thoughts and feelings through 5G” and references about the Roman Catholic Church’s supposedly evil “Black Pope” and “Grey Pope.”
Perhaps the most outrageous section was entitled “CREATURE WITH TENTACLES.”
The document claims that scientist describes seeing “a living organism with tentacles. This creature moves around, lifts itself up, and even seems to be self-aware” when the vaccine is viewed under the microscope.
“The sight of this and the thought that these unknown, octopus-like creatures are being injected into millions of children worldwide, caused [the doctor] to weep,” the document said.
COVID-19 vaccines do not contain living organisms, tentacled or otherwise. They contain sugars, acids, acid stabilizers, fats and messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA).
Weyler, who had been serving as chair of the House Finance Committee, issued an apology for sharing the document in his resignation letter. He said he had only wanted to share about the first few dozen pages of the document.
“I apologize for not vetting this document more thoroughly, and to those who were offended. Hopefully, my resignation will focus the conversation less on me and more on a critical issue facing our state,” Weyler said.
Sununu had urged House Speaker Sherman Packard, who is also a Republican, to remove Weyler following his sharing of the conspiracy-laden document.
“Disseminating this misinformation clearly shows a detachment from reality and lack of judgment,” the governor said.
Democratic Representative Mary Wallner, the ranking member on the Finance Committee, called for Weyler to step down and said: “The continued dissemination of disinformation on COVID from Rep. Weyler is a danger to public health in New Hampshire and to the credibility of the legislature as a whole
Packard said he and Weyler “came to a mutual decision” that he should resign from the committees.
“Representative Weyler and I spoke about my deep concerns of the content in his emails and comments during committee meetings,” Packard said. “He realizes his error in judgment and recognizes it has compromised his ability to lead the House Finance Committee and Joint Fiscal Committee both now and moving forward.”
Weyler is unvaccinated and has said he has no intention of getting the shot. He also questioned why the federal government has pushed for COVID-19 vaccination and doesn’t regard the government or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as reliable sources of information on the virus.
In his role as Finance Committee chair, Weyler had opposed accepting $27 million in federal aid for vaccination efforts, along with other Republicans, arguing New Hampshire did not need the money.
Democrats had called for him to step down last month – the same month he told the State Health Commissioner Lori Shibinette at a committee hearing that he doubted figures showing 90 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated. Shibinette said Weyler’s claim was misinformation.