President Joe Biden rapped Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers over a recent controversy involving the COVID-19 vaccine during a visit to a tornado-ravaged town in Kentucky on Wednesday.
As Biden was touring storm damage in the western part of the state, he noticed a survivor wearing a Packers winter cap and called over, “Tell your quarterback he’s got to get the vaccine,” according to CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe, who tweeted that the dig came at the end of a longer conversation.
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) December 15, 2021
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— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) December 15, 2021
Last month, Rodgers caused a stir when he admitted that he had not yet gotten the vaccine though he said earlier in the season he was “immunized,” while going on to blast “woke” left-wing activists for pushing Americans to get the jab.
Biden visited the towns of Mayfield and Dawson Springs, both of which were nearly destroyed by tornadoes late last week.
During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” in October, Rodgers complained about “PC woke culture that exists.”
“And there’s a Cancel Culture at the same time, and it’s based on people’s own feelings of maybe personal [misery] or distaste for their own situations or life or just the enjoyment of holding other people down underneath their thumb,” he said.
“There’s a game within the game. If the player abides by the rules of the game, he’s part of the game,” the Super Bowl-winning QB continued. “The rules of the game are: You must acquiesce with the woke mob at all times. You must. However, when you live above the game, the game does not exist, and that’s where I’m at.
“I’m not a part of this game that’s being played. This game is being played out by these individuals. I see it, I hear it, but to me it’s comedy,” he added.
Rodgers also addressed the vaccine controversy.
“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now, so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I’d like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself right now,” he said.
“First of all, I didn’t lie in the initial press conference,” Rodgers added. “During that time, it was a witch hunt that was going on across the league where everybody in the media was so concerned about who was vaccinated and who wasn’t and what that meant.
“And at the time, my plan was to say that I had been immunized. It wasn’t some sort of ruse or lie. It was the truth,” he said, adding that he’s not an “anti-vaxx flat earther,” but a “critical thinker” and that he believes in “bodily autonomy.”
The cold open for “Saturday Night Live” the following week featured cast member Pete Davidson playing Rodgers and being interviewed by another cast member playing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.
“Now Aaron, you’re not vaccinated. So what? Who the hell cares?” the SNL Pirro started off. “It’s your body, your choice. And please never use that quote for any other issues.”
“Exactly Jeanine. It’s my body and my COVID,” said the SNL Rodgers, who was being played by cast member Pete Davidson. “I can give it to whoever I want. But suddenly the woke mob is coming after me. It’s gotten so bad, State Farm called and they’re not giving me the Aaron Rodgers break.”
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