Michael Flynn has falsely claimed COVID was invented by a globalist cabal in order to steal the 2020 election from Donald Trump.
The ex-adviser to former President Trump made the unfounded assertion during an interview with conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones shared on its website on Saturday.
In a lengthy rant, Flynn claimed that Geroge Soros, Bill Gates, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations among others, had somehow invented COVID in a bid to rule the world.
He said: “They see themselves as ‘this is how we can rule the world, this is how we can control societies, this is how we can control humanity.’
“So, let’s introduce something called COVID, and they did it, and they did it for a couple of reasons. One of the big reasons was to steal an election.
“I mean, if the Democrats, you know, work this hard on foreign policy as they work on stealing the elections maybe we would be better off.”
Flynn later continued: “There are real people behind it, I mean [Klaus] Schwab is one, George Soros, you have the Arabella Group, these are real things, led by real people who have placed themselves above, you know [Bill] Gates is another one, who have placed themselves above some of these world institutions and they drive them, they really do drive them.”
Flynn has increasingly flirted with fringe right-wing figures and conspiracy theorists since he was pardoned by Trump in 2020. The former general twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI over the Russia investigation.
He has been heavily associated with influencers within the QAnon conspiracy movement who have made baseless claims that a globalist cabal, made up of Democrats and wealthy businessmen, is involved in a worldwide child sex-trafficking ring.
Flynn has also promoted the conspiracy theory the 2020 Presidential Election was somehow stolen from Trump and last year suggested a Myanmar-like military coup “should happen” in the U.S.
Disgraced general Flynn has also taken aim at figures perceived to be actively promoting a liberal world agenda, winning him plaudits among his new conspiracy theory-supporting following.
The people mentioned by Flynn during the interview, most notably Soros, are also regular targets of right-wing media hosts in the U.S. and abroad.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson berated the Hungarian-born billionaire in his documentary Hungary vs. Soros: The Fight For Civilization.
In 2018, Soros’ Open Society Foundations sued the Hungarian government for a law that curbed the organization’s activities in the country.
Carlson has claimed Soros spends his money in Hungary in a bid to change the country’s “internal politics.”