Many blue states have celebrated their response to COVID. With 60-70% of adults vaccinated, the disease has largely been contained. Still, there is plenty of caution about the delta variant and the threat it can pose to unvaccinated individuals.
Many red states have done a poor job convincing residents to get vaccinated. And in these areas, the delta variant is surging. A big part of this failure is due to messaging from Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers and Conservative media. During a Monday segment on Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski blasted the “Trump Cult” for killing its followers.
The host began, “Let’s just look at the facts, look at the hospital records, look at the people who are still dying. The U.S. surgeon general says 99 percent of those people who are dying don’t have vaccines. They all could be preventable deaths, and all of the heartbreaking stories of the husbands or wives being put on ventilators and dying and in the last moments, their last breaths of life, they regret that they listened to politicians or cable news hosts, who followed their dangerous, demented advice instead of listening to their doctor.”
“Let’s be clear about this. This is not cult-like behavior, this is not like a cult — this is now how people behave when they are in a cult. If you want to know why, it’s because they are, in fact, living in a cult, that’s the definition of one and it’s killing them. Whether you’re talking about David Koresh and Waco or the Jonestown mass suicides or Donald Trump’s lies about COVID, people died and people are dying, and they are dying because Donald Trump and his evil allies on cable news and social media and on Capitol Hill.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.