Right-wing dunderheads like Rep. Lauren Boebert—who has yet to have charges brought against her for threatening to carry (and possibly carrying) firearms into the House chambers—are equating public health pushes for more Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with Nazi Germany, and also Communist China: “Biden has deployed his Needle Nazis to Mesa County…Did I wake up in Communist China?”
That’s Boebert early Thursday morning. As anyone who knows their history well can tell you, Nazis and communists are super best buds, since like forever. Of course, people like Boebert are exactly the swampy con artists they pretend to rail against, and their opinions on government and power are almost identical to the fascists they have a fetish for invoking constantly.
When asked about Republican “lawmaker” attacks in Biden’s push for educating the public (in quotes because they don’t seem to like making laws except the ones that don’t allow schools to teach facts and people to vote), Psaki reminded everyone that the push to get Americans vaccinated has been going on for some time now, with a push for “local trusted messengers: doctors, faith leaders, community leaders.” Press secretary Psaki went on to explain that Biden’s statement was made in the hopes of adding support for the empowerment of these community leaders in educating the public about the importance of getting vaccinated.
”These are grassroots voices across the country, they are not members of the government. They are not federal government employees. They are volunteers, they are clergy, they are trusted voices in communities that are playing this role and door knocking.” And Psaki reiterated that this isn’t a new initiative. It has been going on for months, and while it has not been nearly as effective as one might hope, it has had some effect in areas. Considering that the right wing of our country’s plan to deal with our public health crisis is to pretend that it isn’t happening and to also take the moral stance that most of the people dying or ill from COVID-19 are somehow weak and unworthy of protection, it’s hard to argue what has been more effective: trying to stem the spread of COVID or lying about the science of COVID and vaccines, while also pretending we haven’t been in a pandemic since last March.
Psaki wound up this answer by explaining that it is disheartening when criticism of “tactics” like trying to inform people about the health benefits of free and readily available vaccinations seems to only serve the purpose of disrespecting frontline workers, and people trying to help the people in their communities—regardless of their political leanings. Psaki ended her response by making it simple: “This is about saving lives.”
The conversation about vaccine education begins at the 1:16:36 mark, or -26:00 mark—depending on how your screen reads the timecode.