A Newsmax Reporter Said Vaccines Are Satanic—and Got Twitter Banned

Twitter banned White House correspondent Emerald Robinson for “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”
November 10, 2021, 3:30pm
Protesters gather in Grand Park outside City Hall at a March for Freedom rally demonstrating against the L.A. City Council’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees and contractors on November 8, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Imag
Protesters gather in Grand Park outside City Hall at a March for Freedom rally demonstrating against the L.A. City Council’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees and contractors on November 8, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson returned from a high-profile Twitter suspension Tuesday, but was then permanently banned almost immediately for once again posting about how vaccines are Satanic.

Robinson was suspended from Twitter last week after posting a tweet claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines contain an ingredient that makes recipients glow and enables them to be “tracked.”

“Dear Christians: the vaccines contain a bioluminescent marker called LUCIFERASE so that you can be tracked,” Robinson posted. “Read the last book of the New Testament to see how this ends.” 

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Luciferase is a chemical whose name is not a reference to Satan as Robinson implied; rather, it’s an enzyme which is most widely-known as what makes fireflies glow. But while researchers at numerous universities have studied it as part of developing tests, vaccines, and treatments for COVID-19, luciferase is not in any of the vaccines that have been approved for use or emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Robinson was also taken off the air at Newsmax, a conservative outlet where she and others have routinely boosted conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. Elliot Jacobsen, the network’s chief content officer, said in a statement after Robinson’s tweet that Newsmax is "a strong proponent that Covid 19 vaccines are overarchingly safe and effective." 

Days later, the network announced it would implement an employee vaccine mandate

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Robinson’s Twitter account was reinstated on Tuesday, and after linking to her Substack, she once again posted that the vaccines contain Luciferase. “One more thing: the new COVID-19 antibody test is called SATiN and it uses Luciferase. No, I’m not kidding,” Robinson wrote. “It’s not an accident that they’ve given this name to this test. It’s a warning.”

After this, Twitter banned Robinson from the platform for “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”

The first part of Robinson’s tweet is true, sort of. Researchers at the University of Toronto announced in May that they had developed a rapid, low-cost test for COVID-19 called SaTiN, or Serological Assay based on split Tripart Nanoluciferase. The University of Toronto said at the time that the test proved to have “excellent sensitivity, specificity, operability and quantifiability, as well as great scientific and commercial possibilities,” and that it could cost as little as $2 per sample.

What’s not true is Robinson’s implication that this test, which is not approved for use in the United States, is a harbinger of the end times. Robinson posted on Substack Tuesday that she’s “not getting anywhere near this dark stuff.”

“You don’t have to be a Christian to understand: names matter,” she wrote.

It’s worth noting that the enzyme that makes Brazilian click beetles glow is called emerald luciferase. No, I’m not kidding. 

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