Radio Host Steve Quayle Claims Zombies Could Attack Earth on Televangelist Jim Bakker's Show

Televangelist Jim Bakker hosted conspiracy theorist and radio host Steve Quayle's warnings of an impending zombie apocalypse on Tuesday.

Quayle suggested that material collected from nasal swabs and "south end swabs" used in COVID-19 testing are covert "genetic capture techniques" designed to create a bioweapon that could transform people into the undead on the latest edition of The Jim Bakker Show. Bakker did not appear to question the premise that real-world zombies existed when speaking to Quayle, referring to the reanimation of the deceased as being "like any other disease."

"Zombies that are on the Earth are a disease like any other disease that affects people, and they become like zombies," Bakker said in a clip surfaced by Right Wing Watch, a project of the progressive group People for The American Way. "Is that right?"

"Forgive me, but that's only part of the story," Quayle responded. "Zombies also have the evil spiritual entity known as demon possession, ok? Because there is no rationale with a zombie. The best way to explain zombie bloodlust is this: the appetite of demons expressed through humans."

Quayle went on to reference an absurd claim about wealthy celebrities drinking the blood of tortured children, popularly referred to as "adrenochrome" among supporters of QAnon, the false conspiracy theory positing that former President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a war against a "deep state" of Satanic Democrats involved in child sex trafficking. He suggested that the alleged blood-drinking ceremonies could lead to people turning into zombies.

"It should be astonishing to people that the richest people in the world, not all of them but some of them, are into occult ceremonies where they have to drink, you know, blood that's extracted from a tortured child," said Quayle. "Now that's sick, but that's the appetite of demons expressed through humans ... What I'm saying, Jim, is they can induce zombieism. At least the appetite for human flesh."

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The hand of a zombie is depicted rising out of a grave in this undated illustrated file photo. diane39/Getty

Quayle admonished those who would question the plausibility of his zombie claims. He said that the doubters should ask why the U.S. military and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have documents related to zombies "if this is all wild stuff."

The military does have a training document centered on a zombie apocalypse. However, the document itself refers to the fictional scenarios, which includes threats such as "chicken zombies" and "vegetarian zombies," as "ridiculous" but a "very effective and useful training tool." Likewise, the CDC has a "Zombie Preparedness" section on its website, which it describes as "a tongue-in-cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages."

Neither government document claims or suggests that zombies are either literally real or a realistic possibility in the future. Regardless, Quayle insisted that the government was preparing the public for an impending attack by the real-life walking dead, corpses that he said are able to move while acting as hosts for demons.

"The whole subject of zombies could be just boiled down at one end to a genetically modified human that is no longer human on the level that you and I or a living being is," added Quayle. "Then that corpse, that walking—animated, there's a better word, it's not living—an animated corpse is possessed by a demonic entity. That demonic entity has knowledge, it has sentience, it has—how do I say this?—a purpose to do nothing else but to destroy."

Although Bakker's show has often hosted discussions on the apocalypse, the discussions have rarely involved zombies. He does, however, regularly hawk survival products marketed to those preparing for the "end of days." Large buckets containing food items like "Cheesy Broccoli Rice" and "Creamy Potato Soup" continue to be sold through the show and Bakker's website.