McCaskill says Republicans ‘own’ deaths, serious illnesses of ‘people who refused to accept science’

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MSNBC contributor Claire McCaskill offered the latest installment of Democrats living in a world of their own choosing.

The former U.S. senator from Missouri ignored the reality that the science continues to change when it comes to the pandemic, opting to blame Republicans for COVID-19 deaths because of the GOP’s “failure to accept science as it relates to vaccines.”

(This being a slippery slope for Democrats, given that Biden just marked a tragic milestone of 900,000 American lives lost to COVID-19 and the overwhelming majority occurred on his watch.)

McCaskill appeared Monday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” when host Ayman Mohyeldin dropped a loaded, twisted question about Republicans while running interference for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who was engulfed in controversy after a photo of her posing bare-faced with a group of children who were all wearing masks.

“What do you make of the GOP response and hypocrisy, right? Even thinking of Governor DeSantis in Florida who said, his guiding principle throughout the pandemic wasn’t science, wasn’t the lives of Floridians, it was freedom,” he asked.

“Yeah. Well, I do think that he is playing to a very small segment of the American public. I think most Americans realize this was real and dangerous. But I really think Democrats need to continue to pound the podium about vaccinations, not just for seniors and not just for adults but also for children, to continue to pound the podium on boosters,” she replied.

“We know now that even with Omicron, that the deaths and the serious illnesses were really focused on people who refused to accept science. Those Republicans own that. Their failure to accept science as it relates to vaccines. I mean, that’s much stronger ground to stand on than to mask or not mask,” McCaskill continued.

The Democratic politician apparently hasn’t seen the report of an Israeli doctor claiming that the majority of serious hospitalizations at the Tel Aviv hospital where he works have been vaccinated twice and have also received a booster — it’s worth pointing out that an estimated 98.7 percent of the Israeli population is reportedly vaccinated.

“Right now, most of our severe cases are vaccinated. They had at least three injections,” Prof. Yaakov Jerris, the head of the COVID department at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, also known as the Ichilov Hospital, said in an interview last week. “Between seventy and eighty percent of the serious cases are vaccinated. So, the vaccine has no significance regarding severe illness, which is why just twenty to twenty-five percent of our patients are unvaccinated.”

There was also a report Monday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is mulling a proposed change to the vaccine doses to reduce the risk of heart inflammation.

The CDC is considering changes to vaccine guidance that would lengthen the amount of time between doses, according to Fox News, which noted that immunocompromised people are advised to get four shots and don’t always respond as well to the vaccines. This update would apply to people ages 18 and up who receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and people age 12 and up who received Pfizer.

Yet, McCaskill wants to bemoan efforts to oppose the ever-changing environment, which now includes a seismic shift on the left to suddenly move away from government-imposed mask mandates and embrace individual choice — this being the very position Republicans like DeSantis have been demonized over for months.

“It has become so political that you just basically, people are so calcified in their positions about masks, you can’t really move the needle in terms of keeping people safe or gaining political traction,” she claimed.

Tom Tillison


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