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Anti-Vaccine Activists Emboldened in California

One of essentially the most distinguished anti-vaccine activists in Southern California, Leigh Dundas, a lawyer, spoke at a rally in Washington the day earlier than the Capitol riot and posted movies on social media as she stood exterior the constructing on Jan. 6, shouting, “This is 1776 all over again!”

In May, Ms. Dundas led a push to pressure out Orange County’s chief well being officer, Dr. Nichole Quick, over her masks order, which was unpopular in the traditionally conservative county. Dr. Quick obtained dying threats and was given a safety element. During a Board of Supervisors meeting, Ms. Dundas ridiculed Dr. Quick’s credentials, introduced her house deal with and stated she was going to have individuals “do calisthenics in masks on her front doorstep, and when people start dropping like flies, and they will, I am going to ask every single first responder in a 30-mile radius to roll lights and sirens to her front door.”

Dr. Quick resigned practically two weeks later.

Kenneth Austin Bennett, the activist who attacked Mr. Pan, the state senator, was charged with misdemeanor battery and was scheduled to be re-arraigned in just a few weeks. Rebecca Dalelio, who was arrested after throwing blood from the Senate gallery, was charged with felony assault on a public official and felony vandalism and has a preliminary listening to this month. A spokeswoman for State Senator Toni G. Atkins, the Senate president professional tempore, stated a report was filed with legislation enforcement after the ladies made the threatening gun-related remarks in January.

Dr. Pan stated the dearth of arrests on the Dodger Stadium protest instructed that anti-vaccine extremists would really feel emboldened.

There’s a history of people being bullying and intimidating, and there’s very little consequence for doing this, and so they escalate, and they escalate, and they escalate,” he stated.

Jan Hoffman contributed reporting.