As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths surge in the U.S., a small but growing number of Republicans have begun telling their constituents to get vaccinated. “It’s safe and effective,” Representative Steve Scalise said last week after getting his jab, noting that the available vaccines had been tested on thousands of people in clinical trials before being approved by the FDA for emergency use. “The new cases of COVID are because of unvaccinated folks,” Alabama governor Kay Ivey told a reporter on Thursday, before forcefully adding: “These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain. We’ve got to get folks to take the shot.” Would these pronouncements have been a lot more helpful months ago? Yes. Would it be equally nice if, for example, people like Ivey simultaneously took other measures to protect the public, like mandating masks in schools when classes resume, which she has signaled she will not do? Indeed! Still, the call for people to get inoculated as the much more contagious delta variant spreads is a good thing, which is more than one can say for the GOP holdouts who continue to suggest that encouraging people to get vaccinated is akin to human rights abuse.
Obviously one of the worst offenders in this case is resident Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene who, absent any committee assignments, has nothing better to do than lie about the virus and say the craziest things that come into her head about vaccines—which, given the other stuff rattling around in there, are extra crazy.
Fresh off of claiming that Nancy Pelosi requiring masks on the House floor is like “a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and…treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,” Greene has now decided that a business’s decision not to admit unvaccinated customers is equivalent to Jim Crow–era segregation laws. Per Politico:
Does this U.S. congresswoman believe that “venereal diseases” are airborne? Given the evidence, we honestly have no choice but to say the odds are high that she does.
Last week, Greene was in the news for claiming that an interviewer asking if she’d been vaccinated was a HIPAA violation, which may say more about the American education system than it does about her, though to be fair it says a lot about her too.
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Area man runs into Tucker Carlson, sends a message from all of us
Presumably this isn’t the first time Carlson has encountered a critic of his work. Per The Independent:
In a statement, Fox News said, “Ambushing Tucker Carlson while he is in a store with his family is totally inexcusable—no public figure should be accosted regardless of their political persuasion or beliefs simply due to the intolerance of another point of view.” In April, Carlson told his viewers that if they see people outside wearing masks amidst the global pandemic, they should approach said mask wearers and ask them “politely but firmly” to remove the protective coverings. And if they see children wearing masks? Call 911.
Kevin McCarthy hasn’t ruled out punishing Republicans for participating in committee to investigate 1/6
The House minority leader will absolutely not have any of his members participating in a probe that will reveal that Republicans helped cause the attack on the Capitol, okay?
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