A group of unvaccinated conspiracy theorists who gathered in Dallas earlier this month say they are exhibiting symptoms of an anthrax attack.
Their symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, and fever.
Over the weekend of December 10 at the Reawaken America tour in Dallas, about a dozen people gathered in a closed green room, and then later started exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
The conspiracy theory conference was headlined by figures like disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Eric Trump, the son of former President Donald Trump, also spoke at the event.
Tulsa businessman Clay Clark ran the conference.
The anthrax claim originated with conservative podcaster Joe Oltmann, who has spent much of 2021 spreading election fraud conspiracies.
“There’s a 99.9% chance it’s anthrax,” Oltmann said on his podcast, even though no one had tested positive for anthrax poisoning and none of the other 3,500 attendees have so far reported suffering the effects of anthrax.
Oltmann said he was “sick,sick,” but that his symptoms were under control due to taking the antibiotic doxycycline as a result of impaling his leg on an arrow in an accident in his brother’s garage weeks previously.
Another election conspiracist, Jovan Pulitzer — who has been involved with the Cyber Ninjas recount in Arizona, and said ballots had been flown in from Asia — had more severe symptoms.
According to Oltmann, Pulitzer has not been heard from in several days and he reported more severe complications including “body lesions and weeping skin.”
After Oltmann made the claims of an anthrax attack, other conspiracy theorists began promoting a video of a fog machine operating at the Dallas conference, suggesting the method of anthrax spread.