Opinion What If Republicans Were Anti-Lockdown, Anti-Mask, and Pro-Vax?

06:18  22 july  2021
06:18  22 july  2021 Source:   nymag.com

Byron York's Daily Memo: Republicans, Democrats, and the vaccine

  Byron York's Daily Memo: Republicans, Democrats, and the vaccine Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, AND THE VACCINE. More Republicans than Democrats appear to be "vaccine-hesitant," that is reluctant, for one reason or another, to take the Covid-19 vaccine. They've gotten the treatment you might expect in some quarters of the press. "Right-wing anti-vaccine hysteria is increasing. We'll all pay the price," read one headline in the Washington Post. In the New York Times, there was, "Far-Right Extremists Move From 'Stop the Steal' to Stop the Vaccine." The Daily Beast chimed in with "The GOP's Paranoid Streak From John Birchers to Anti-Vaxxers." You get the idea.

After it was confirmed that the Biden regime is working with major corporations to develop a country-wide vaccine passport, and after New York began the rollout of its own vaccine passport system, the FBI is warning people against fake vaccine What if the next major cyberattack targeted the internet? 'I got impeached twice, I became worse': Trump thrills supporters with outrage-packed speech at CPAC. Germany "a long way off" mandating vaccines - Merkel. UK government document quietly introduces vaccine passports by the back door and points to a third lockdown this winter.

Even now, while the anti -vaccination horde insists the virus was all a lie of impossible intricacy… and while the cult of the forever- masked cry that Covid-19 will never go away, as though they’ll miss it when it’s gone… the stoic and the reasonable put their heads down to enjoy a post-Covid-19 world they Working men and women, knocking down the nine to five and raising families, even in the face of viral panic, are the true heroes. If only more of the virus' fearful mob or the bitter deniers would’ve caught their shallow breaths and taken a calmer look around, they’d have realized matters were in hand.

In the same hearing where Rand Paul called Dr. Anthony Fauci a liar and Fauci reciprocated the charge amid an argument over lab research in Wuhan, there was a more civil — if similarly weird — exchange between Fauci and another Republican senator, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. As Al.com reported, Tubs had an idea for boosting the vaccination rate back home:

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump celebrates the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines on December 8, 2020, and takes credit for it as a product of his Operation Warp Speed. Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/Bloomberg via Getty Images © Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/Bloomberg via Getty Images Donald Trump celebrates the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines on December 8, 2020, and takes credit for it as a product of his Operation Warp Speed. Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville suggested Tuesday that the Biden administration ought to give credit to its predecessor for rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination program if it wants to increase vaccination rates among Americans….

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And this campaign is far from a single-pronged strategy. According to Politico, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and “Biden-allied groups” – whatever that last phrase means – have plans to “engage fact-checkers more aggressively” and “work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages.” Whether that’s a “climate lockdown ” or a fake alien invasion, we ’ re being primed for another metaphysical gut punch meant to turn us against ourselves.

Even among Republicans , a plurality of 47% opposed the protests compared to 36% who support them. The poll surveyed 1,597 US adults between April 17 and 19 with a margin of error of ± three percentage points. Public officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci have warned that the protesters, many of whom were Just a day after stating that governors should have full control over how and when to re-open their states, he called to "LIBERATE" Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginian from lockdown orders in a series of all-caps tweets on Friday. When survey respondents were asked for their opinions on Trump's tweets, just

“I think people need a unifying message from all of us, because in my state of Alabama, we don’t have everyone taking a vaccine, and we’re having outbreaks as we speak,” Tuberville told Fauci. “You know, a lot of people voted for Donald Trump — a lot of people in the South, a lot of people in my state voted for [Trump], and we have to have a unified message. We can’t be blaming this or that.”

Fauci agreed with Tuberville that the Trump administration deserves credit for the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine.

He said politics has no place in the fight against the coronavirus.

I’ve made fun of Tuberville a lot for his slack-jawed approach to public policy, and at first it may seem hilarious that he figures Alabamans will run to get a shot in the arm if they think it will honor the 45th president. But he may have a point. Self-identified Republicans may be resisting vaccination in part because they perceive it as something the Biden administration wants to happen, or falsely believe it will be imposed upon them by Big Government. If vaccination seems Trumpy instead, rates could go up significantly in deep-red territory.

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Who is bombarding social media with pro lockdown bots, and why is @Jack allowing this clear attack on free societies to happen with impunity for the culprit? pic.twitter.com/H2NCJ0ezzI. However, a number of journalists have suggested that at least some of the anti -reopening campaign might be inauthentic. Several Twitter accounts have posted an identical message, claiming to “speak for all UK citizens” in demanding the continuation of the mask mandate beyond July 19.

If so, how well were they attended and how prevalent is the anti - lockdown sentiment?Politics (self.AskEurope). Football hooligans were protesting in capitals of Czechia and Slovakia, in Czechia they ended clashing with police and water cannon was needed. About anti - lockdown sentiment, there is minority supporting lockdown, but majority of population is anti - lockdown , mainly because our government canceled all restriction when summer started and focused on the upcoming regional elections instead.

While the opposition to masking requirements and business, school, and church lockdowns was almost certain to be opposed by rank-and-file Republicans on anti-government or pro-business and pro-“religious liberty” grounds, the same people did not necessarily have to join the previously fringe anti-vaxer movement at the risk of their own and everyone else’s health. For a good while during the earlier stages of the pandemic, Trump treated the advent of vaccines — for which he took total credit via his administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” for developing and deploying them — as an alternative to the more intrusive measures Democrats and some Republicans supported to slow down or stop the spread of COVID-19.

But as we now know, the effective vaccines now so abundantly available did not arrive in time to save Trump’s presidency. The first emergency approval of the Pfizer vaccine by the FDA occurred on December 11, 2020; Moderna got a green light a week later. When Biden took office, just over two million Americans were fully vaccinated. Then the project, and its increasingly powerful effects, became increasingly identified with the man Trump could not acknowledge as his legitimate vanquisher.

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Anti - vax protesters in Kyiv, Ukraine, the most vaccine-sceptical country in the world © Stepan Franko/EPA-EFE. Safety assurances. People who worry about vaccines fall broadly into two camps: those who are outright opposed to them, and a far bigger number who are unsure that they are safe. Anti -vaccination groups also have a proliferation of different messages that appeal to different people, notes Prof Johnson, including: safety fears; doubts over whether Covid-19 really poses a risk, especially to young people and children; scepticism over the role of the pharma industry and standard-bearers

Does Trump actually deserve more credit than he has been given for vaccines? The Washington Post weighed the evidence on the eve of the FDA emergency use authorizations and found the record ambivalent:

[T]he lightning-fast development of two leading coronavirus vaccines happened both because of and despite Trump — perhaps the most anti-science president in modern history, who has previously flirted with anti-vaccine views and savaged those who cited scientific evidence to press for basic public health measures in response to the pandemic.

The lifelong businessman who refused to wear a mask himself was able to understand vaccines as something else entirely: a deliverable that he could make happen with money. Unlike a mask, a vaccine represented a display of American technological prowess, an appealing solution that didn’t require painful steps like closing small businesses. For the president, it exerted an increasingly strong pull as the election approached.

When Trump was forced out of office, nothing the federal government then did that his successor did not oppose was worth his support, and the impulse spread to the MAGA folk who already had some points of commonality with the preexisting anti-vax movement (which despite its crunchy-granola, alternative-medicine image always included a robust number of conservative evangelical home schoolers and anti-government libertarians and militia-types). Yes, Trump himself (along with other Republican pols) got himself vaccinated, and occasionally urged others to do likewise. Lately there has been an upsurge of conservative opinion-leaders supporting COVID-19 vaccination (though sometimes opposing measures, sometimes imaginary, to compel shots in arms).

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But it could do wonders for vaccination rates, herd immunity, and efforts to head off a sickening lurch back into lockdowns and other restrictive measures if it became de rigueur — or at least non-toxic — for Trump supporters to protect themselves and the rest of us.

Personally, I am more inclined to blame Trump for the deaths attributable to his initially dismissive reaction and consistently erratic approach to COVID-19 than to give him any credit for getting something important right. But if it saves lives to make his fans open to vaccination by making it a MAGA-approved activity, it’s worth the risk of marginally improving the former president’s odds of returning to office and throwing me and other elements of the “fake media” in jail for disrespecting him. In the longer run it will be helpful to detach the Republican Party and the conservative movement from the idea that science is to be strictly avoided.

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Residents of San Mateo County have mostly backed the reintroduction of a mask policy as the area sees a "troublesome" rise of COVID cases.From Monday, residents of San Mateo County will be required to wear masks indoors despite 89 percent of the population being fully vaccinated.

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