Seetharaman suggests that the attacks have increased due to Gates's angry criticism towards President Trump, who halted funding to the WHO due to the organization's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its allegiance to China.
In the 24 hours after Mr. Gates's comments, his Twitter account was mentioned at least 270,000 times—more than 30 times more than average—mainly by angry supporters of President Trump, according to Clemson University researchers. Mr. Gates's Instagram post from April 5 drew an additional 45,000 comments in that same 24-hour period. The post now has more than 225,000 comments. -WSJ
Perhaps the 'conspiracy theorists' are having a little trouble digesting the fact that Gates - whose vaccine efforts in India were blamed for a devastating non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP) epidemic that paralyzed 490,000 children - coincidentally hosted an October, 2019 high-level 'pandemic simulation' in New York called Event 201 which specifically focused on coronavirus and projected over 65 million deaths worldwide.
Combine that with Gates' recent comments about mass vaccination and biometric identification in order to 'open up' the country and allow people to attend mass gatherings - an idea which Dr. Anthony Fauci said "has merit," and so-called conspiracy theorists have plenty of dots to connect.