[WATCH] Don Lemon Gives Voice to the Frustration Over Unvaccinated Americans

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.”

Lemon’s rant hit home with his vaccinated viewers and others on social media who have also been sharing their own disappointments with the unvaccinated minority essentially holding the majority hostage thanks to the highly contagious Delta variant–witness the viral “My Summer Plans/The Delta Variant” memes that were circulating over the last few months.

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But having the mainstream media picking up on an important thread–that we’re supposed to be acting for the greater good of our communities and therefore the country at large–is a validation that’s long overdue and should be echoed by others who have the same kind of platform as Lemon. The Nicki Minaj/Tucker Carlson confluence is just one example of how the misinformation campaigns from the right have impacted the country.

“I think we have to stop coddling people when it comes to … the vaccines, saying ‘Oh you can’t shame them. You can’t call them stupid.’ Yes, they are. The people who aided and abetted Trump are stupid because they believed his big lie,” Lemon said, referring to Donald Trump and drawing a connection between vaccine hesitancy and false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

Lemon was visibly and justifiably annoyed as he complained about individuals who have expressed hesitancy about getting vaccinated amid worry over side effects that have not materialized. He pointed out that many individuals get shots of things like Botox to relax the muscles in their faces without knowing “what’s in this stuff.”

“You don’t have to listen to a minority of people who are being harmful to the greater good, and who are not acting on logic, reason, and science,” Lemon told viewers. “The people who aided and abetted Trump are stupid because they believed his big lie. The people who are not getting vaccines, who are believing the lies on the internet instead of science, it’s time to start shaming them or leave them behind because they are keeping the majority of Americans behind,” Lemon said.


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