“According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the defendants advertised that their vitamin D and zinc nutritional supplements could prevent or treat COVID-19 without competent or reliable scientific evidence to support their claims.
NEW: Justice Dept and FTC have filed a civil complaint against Steve Bannon's vitamin and pills business (Wellness Warrior Defense Pack)https://t.co/OMPMMbHg8D
— Zamaan Qureshi (@zamaan_qureshi) April 19, 2021
Raw Story: Federal investigators are taking steps to stop a company linked to Steve Bannon from misleading consumers about the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Former Trump adviser and former Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon does not radiate ‘pinnacle of health.’ The portly, cigar-smoking, possibly former alcoholic is not known for his workout ethic. But like many a far-right media figure, including Trump himself (once upon a time), Bannon is now hawking vitamins as a ‘Wellness Warrior.’ People have called Bannon a lot of things over the years. Wellness Warrior is not one of them.
Justice department files complaint against unproven Covid treatment promoted by Steve Bannon https://t.co/Inag6nNjgK
— The Independent (@Independent) April 19, 2021
Yet Bannon now appears in ads on his website for ‘The War Room Defense Pack,‘ a collection of zinc and Vitamin D3, with the slogan, ‘You can’t fight if you’re sick!’ Anyone ordering a free sample is treated to a complimentary ‘War Room Viral Defense Guide,’ which doesn’t come right out and say it’s offering a COVID cure, lest Bannon run into trouble with the FDA. But the savvy consumer will be able to read through the lines,” Mother Jones reported in March.
Anti-Beijing group with links to Steve Bannon spreading COVID-19 misinformation in Australia – ABC News https://t.co/j8nqHoCNfS
— NOT a Canberra Bubbler 🌲🌏🌲 (@MSMWatchdog2013) January 7, 2021
That advertising is now the focus of a federal crackdown.
“The Department of Justice, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today announced a civil complaint against defendants Eric Anthony Nepute and Quickwork LLC, doing business as Wellness Warrior, in the first enforcement action alleging violations of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act,” the Justice Department announced on Monday. Read more…