How far-right extremism has affected Idaho's pandemic response
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many public health officials in Idaho have called on people to put political differences aside to safeguard the community from COVID-19. Despite this, it seems as though political division has grown even more intense.
In fact, public health itself has become the main flashpoint. From protests against mask requirements to potential harassment of public health officials—and a recent act by Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin to stop vaccine mandates got national attention—and the examples continue to pile up.
So who or what is behind this? Idaho Matters is joined by Jane C. Hu, an independent journalist, who wrote about connections between public health pushback and far-right extremist groups in Idaho.