CNN’s Don Lemon expressed his frustration with unvaccinated Americans, accusing them of prolonging the Covid-19 pandemic and saying that it’s time to “shun” them for their inaction. Lemon added that they were “harmful to the greater good.”
The Delta variant has created chaos across the country during the month of August. And the virus has been particularly devastating in the Southern part of the United States. People in this deeply red area have refused to get the vaccine in high numbers.
Wednesday was a big day for vaccine hesitancy promotion on Fox News. In the afternoon, Maria Bartiromo got the former president involved. Donald Trump told Fox Business viewers that booster vaccine shots are only being pushed so medical companies could make more money. And during the evening, host Will Cain doubled down on his COVID misnformation from last night.
Donald Trump would like for people to think that he is completely responsible for the COVID-19 vaccine being developed in less than a year.
But while Trump is desperate for credit, he has been hesitant to push his supporters to get inoculated. In fact, a huge number the former president’s supporters outright refuse to get their shots.
Back in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump, Republican lawakers and Conservative media relentlessly pushed the drug hydroxychloroquine. And despite their repeated claims about the drug, it turned out to be pretty much useless.
Amazingly enough, scientists were able to create a vaccine to combat the COVID-19 pandemic within a year. And 70% of Americans have received at least one of their shots.
But there is a large group of people who have chosen not to get inoculated. Vaccinations have become a culture war issue with many in right wing media urging hesitancy against the shot.
The Delta variant of COVID-19 is reacting much differently than the original version of the disease did. It appears to be much more contagious and children seem to be more seriously affected.
Still, the Republican governors who are making it harder for people to get vaccinated. And people like Ron DeSantis are saying that they are doing it to protect children and allow parents the freedom of choice. During a Thursday segment, Nicolle Wallace noted that these people will be responsible if kids aren’t back in school this fall.
The Delta variant is raging across the US and especially in Southern states. Many Governors in the South are doubling down on treating COVID as a culture war issue rather than a dangerous pandemic.
Asa Hutchinson is taking a different tack. The Arkansas governor has changed his mind after seeing how the Delta variant affects children differently than the original strain.
An awful lot of Americans have refused to get vaccinated so far. As a result, the pandemic is continuing to grow, especially in areas with large pockets of Republicans.
Fox News, of course, doesn’t want to blame their viewers for their failure to get shots. So instead the network has continued to push hesitancy towards the vaccinated. And plenty of attempts have been made to blame Blacks and Hispanics for the surging caseload.
Peter Doocy often makes a spectacle of himself during the daily White House press briefing. The Fox News reporter often needles Jen Psaki with annoying gotcha questions. Psaki regularly goes viral with her takedowns of the ridiculous queries.
After months of Donald Trump supporters refusing to get vaccinated, Fox News finally started to push their viewers to get their shots. It was kind of a half-hearted effort though.
After Fox & Friends Steve Doocy made an impassioned plea for viewers to get inoculated, co-host Brian Kilmeade was sure to note that they weren’t doctors.
Florida has kind of become the epicenter of the MAGA movement. Donald Trump, or course, decided to make it his permanent residence following his presidency. And while it was one time the nation’s biggest swing state, it has become much redder over the last 10 years.
Shortly after the COVID vaccines came out, some lawmakers rushed out to get them. And by mid-May, 219 Democratic congresspeople asked, 100% of them, said they had gotten their shot.
The numbers looked much different for Republicans. Only 45% of GOP house members polled, 95 of 211, said they’d been vaccinated.
There are a number of reasons why the Republican response to COVID vaccines have been odd. But nothing has been stranger than Donald Trump‘s reaction. On one hand, the former president wants complete credit for the inoculations development. On the other, he has refused to actively encourage those who follow him to get the shot.
Democratic leaders in every state are focused on getting as many people vaccinated as possible. Unfortunately for them, the issue has been deeply politicized.
Viewers of the Fox News network hear conflicting messages about the COVID vaccine on a nightly basis. Of course, they tell you that only Donald Trump should be given credit for the rapid development of the inoculation. At the same time, though, people should be cautious about getting their shot.
For a few months, there was a mad rush of Americans looking to get vaccinated. And for them, it was luck of the draw, waiting online for hours to make appointments.
But now vaccines are readily available. And states have moved to convincing hesitant people to get inoculated. Some governors like West Virginia‘s Jim Justice have offered savings bonds.
Since Joe Biden took office, Americans have been getting vaccinated at a rapid rate. The President’s initial plan was to deliver 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days in office. The administration shattered that goal with over 200 million shots being delivered.
So far, American citizens have been getting vaccinated at an amazing rate. Joe Biden has completely smashed his initial inoculation goals. And this week it was announced that one quarter of Americans are now fully vaccinated.
When Joe Biden was elected to the White House, he promised 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days. He has already exceed 100 million shots with more than a month to spare.
Americans who want to get vaccines are getting them in record numbers. But there are still plenty of people, many of them white male Trump supporters, who refuse to take the shot.
Fox News can’t seem to make up their minds about vaccines. The anchors on the channel certainly want Donald Trump to get out sized credit for his role in developing the vaccine. At the same time, they are not willing to tell their viewers they should get inoculated.