Christopher Key: Anti-vaxxer compares Walmart pharmacists to Nazi, says they may hang
A well-known anti-vaxxer marched into a Missouri Walmart, leading a small number of his supporters to the pharmacy, claiming that pharmacists may be hanged for administering the vaccination, news outlets reported on Thursday, August 19.
New strains of the coronavirus are evolving, making the fight against it more difficult, but even though relief is available, many people appear to reject it. Also on Thursday, a man, who identified himself as Matt Baker joined a group of anti-vaccine campaigners to oppose vaccine mandates proposed by San Diego officials to tackle the spread of Covid-19. MEAWW earlier reported on Shanda Parish, an Arkansas nurse who said she is still unlikely to get the Covid-19 vaccination despite the fact that both of her parents died of the virus within days of each other.
According to research from Texas A&M University's School of Public Health, around 22 percent of Americans consider themselves anti-vaxxers. Those figures should worry everyone because they might be the difference between ending the pandemic or extending it with newer, more severe strains. But Christopher Key was seemingly unfazed when he live streamed himself marching into a Missouri Walmart on Monday, August 16, threatening the employees with execution if they continued to administer vaccines at the pharmacy.
Who is Christopher Key?
Christopher Key is a well-known anti-vaxxer who is well-known for releasing videos and social media posts that contain false info and narratives about the deadly illness and the vaccination. He cites an affidavit from America's Frontline Doctors, a group infamous for propagating misleading information, to claim that 45,000 individuals died within days of receiving the shot, the Daily Mail reported.
According to his website, Key has co-owned a firm named SWAT and ran a health club called Steel City Fitness, which focused on health and wellness. He also founded Health Management Systems, a company that uses technology to detect body fat. "Since publicly announcing that victory and encouraging fellow Americans to fight against the unconstitutional mandates, he has been fired from his job by his ‘bully boss’," the website states. "Rather than feeling sorry for himself, he has responded to a higher calling, and will be traveling the country to fight for YOUR KIDS!" it adds.
Anti-vaccine terrorist Christopher Key, who travels around with his “Missouri Crew” threatening people who give vaccines with execution under the Nuremberg Codes, invaded a Springfield, MO, Wal Mart with his gang on Monday night. pic.twitter.com/i6QcMFytoU— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 18, 2021
Key is an entrepreneur who rose to popularity after encouraging Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to use his "deer antler spray" to cure his injury, the Springfield News-Leader reported. He was invited to last week's Mercy hospital rally from Alabama. According to his Facebook page, he was fired from his work "for standing up for all people around the world," and he's raising money to "hold the nation's accountable, defend the right of freedom, and protect the children around the world from mask mandates, forced vaccines, and child trafficking".
As the "vaccine police," he travels around the country attending protests and seminars and has been escorted out or arrested by cops on multiple occasions. Before becoming the "vaccine police," Key was renowned for making dubious medical claims and propagating incorrect information about COVID and its restrictions. Key and his accomplice Mitch Ross were revealed by Sports Illustrated in 2013 for hawking deer antler spray and "concussion caps," which were just beanies, to pro football leagues and other athletes as injury treatments. He promotes health and workout supplements and products as he continues to solicit funds and spread disinformation regarding COVID.
On Saturday, Key drove from his native state of Alabama to Springfield to attend an anti-vaccine rally. He went to a Springfield Public Schools board meeting and numerous other pharmacies while in town, disseminating misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccine, in addition to the Walmart stop. He walked into a Missouri Walmart on Monday dressed as a "vaccine police" to warn the company and its employees about breaking the Nuremberg Code. "If they give one more vaccine as of today after being put on notice then they can be hung up and they can be executed," he added. The Nuremberg Code was established to ensure that human research was conducted ethically.
“Vaccine Police” Christopher Key showed up at the SGF Walmart store E Sunshine this evening saying he was there to “put the pharmacist on notice that if they give another vaccine they are in violation of the Nuremberg Code and it’s very possible they can be hung or executed.” pic.twitter.com/r4EARPYn0x— Linda Simkins (@lindyspfld) August 17, 2021
Key dashed to their pharmacy, yelling that he was putting the store's employees "on notice." Staff had locked the door, closed the window, and were hiding in the room by the time Key and his crew of around a half-dozen arrived at the pharmacy. "You are being put on notice!" he shouted outside the door. "And if they give one more vaccine, as of this day after being put on notice, then they can be hung up. And they can be executed." Through the door window, Key and his "Missouri crew" insulted and jeered the pharmacists for about 30 minutes.
"What they're doing here is they're violating the Nuremberg Code, and if you allow one more shot to go into one more person's body, you yourself can be executed," he said to the pharmacists as well as other Walmart workers present. "It's a violation of the Nuremberg Code. I do this out of love, I'm not trying to give you any fear and intimidation — I'm just letting you guys know that if you continue to do this, that you guys will be held accountable."
Key compared the workers to Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust when he informed them of their execution. "I do this out of love. I don't want that pharmacist to be hung up at the stake like happened to those pharmacists, those medical doctors, those nurses, those clergymen in Germany. That's what happened to those guys when all they did was following orders. They went to death."
When the police came, Key and his company modified their tale, telling officers that they had gone to Walmart to get vaccinated but were turned down. "All I want is my vaccine. So I'm trying to figure out why the pharmacy is closed down because we all here want to get a vaccine." The police officer informed the group he "didn't know about the vaccine situation" but that Key would have to leave, according to Key's video. "Walmart doesn't want you here," he said, adding that "they have the right to decline your business."
Key retaliated by claiming to be a victim of "discrimination" and threatening to sue both Walmart and the authorities on the scene. He promised the other Walmart employees that he "would be back" before leaving. One Springfield citizen who saw plans earlier in the day on the internet advised Walmart pharmacists about Key.