The top communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Sunday accused a unit of career scientists at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of plotting against President Donald Trump and advised the president's supporters to buy ammunition ahead of the November election.
Caputo said during the livestream that within the CDC is a "resistance unit" of career scientists who "haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” during which they plan “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump next."
"There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president," Caputo said.
While calling out scientists “deep in the bowels of the CDC” who act like "holy men" but practice rotten science, Caputo defended the agency's director, Robert Redfield. He also stood by his scientific adviser, Paul Alexander, calling him "a genius."
“To allow people to die so that you can replace the president” is a “grievous sin,” Caputo said of the CDC scientists.
Caputo's comment echoed those of the president, who suggested in late August that "deep state" officials are intentionally slowing down COVID-19 vaccine trials.
Politico reported that Alexander had written to the CDC expressing concern over the implications of messaging in the agency's reports about COVID-19 risk to children.
"CDC to me appears to be writing hit pieces on the administration,” Alexander wrote, according to Politico. “CDC tried to report as if once kids get together, there will be spread and this will impact school re-opening ... Very misleading by CDC and shame on them. Their aim is clear.”
"Our intention is to make sure that evidence, science-based data drives policy through this pandemic—not ulterior deep state motives in the bowels of CDC," he added. The CDC falls under the responsibility of HHS.
'Buy Ammunition'Caputo comments branched off to address the violence perpetrated by the Antifa extremist group. He predicted that Trump would win reelection, but that former Vice President Biden would refuse to concede, triggering a crisis.
"And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said during the livestream. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.”
“Remember the Trump supporter who was shot and killed?” he said. “That was a drill.”
He added that “there are hit squads being trained all over this country” to challenge the election outcome.
The Epoch Times has not been able to verify the veracity of Caputo's claims.
Caputo said he made the comments about buying ammunition in relation to concerns for his own safety.
He told The Epoch Times that he and his family have been harassed and threatened since joining the administration in April.
“You understand that they’re going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that’s where this is going,” he told the online audience.
“If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get,” he said.