(Business Insider) – Former national security advisor Michael Flynn said he believed that the coronavirus pandemic was fabricated to distract from the 2020 election.
Flynn, who has become a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory, said in an interview on Friday that the virus was made up before November 3 “to gain control” of society.
Flynn said, “When you look around the world, why do all these places not have the problems that we keep getting beat over the head and shoulders on in this country when it comes to Covid?” The Independent reported.
“Why? Because everything, everything, and this is my truth, what I believe, everything is a distraction to what happened on November 3,” he continued. “Everything we hear about Covid, and how Covid started before November 3, it is all meant to control, it is all meant to gain control of a society to be able to force decisions on society, instead of allowing ‘we the people’ to make decisions.”
Watch the interview below:
Flynn also said he had taken hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malaria prescription drug touted by former President Donald Trump as a COVID-19 cure — for 30 years.
The drug, which is often given to US military members to prevent malaria in foreign countries, has been proved not to help against COVID-19, multiple studies have shown. Flynn is a retired United States Army lieutenant general.
Flynn served as Trump’s national security advisor in January and February 2017 before resigning over reports that he had lied about his contact with a Russian official.
He later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the US at the time. Trump eventually pardoned him.