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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, is blaming the unvaccinated — and only the unvaccinated — for the uptick in coronavirus cases in the Cotton State.
In the past month, the number of new coronavirus cases in her state has risen from a low of 109 on Jun. 19th to a recent high of 1,315 on Tuesday.
This, Ivey said Thursday, is the fault of the unvaccinated.
“Let’s be crystal clear about this issue. And media, I want you to start reporting the facts. The new cases of COVID are because of unvaccinated folks,” she said when questioned by reporters at an event in Birmingham.
“Almost 100 percent of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks. These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain,” she added.
When asked what can be done to encourage more vaccinations, the governor seemed at a loss.
“I don’t know, you tell me. Folks are supposed to have common sense,” she said before pivoting back to blaming the unvaccinated for the current uptick in cases.
“But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the vaccinated folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” she said. “I’ve done all I know how to do. I can encourage you to do something but I can’t make you take care of yourself.”
Her remarks have the potential to be viewed both positively and negatively.
On one hand, blaming the unvaccinated means not imposing blame on the vaccinated. This could potentially translate into Ivey not forcing the vaccinated to mask up and social distance like the World Health Organization has recommended and like some Democrat-run localities have already chosen to do:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 16, 2021
But on the other hand, blaming the unvaccinated means shaming people for exercising their own personal decision-making. It also means automatically assuming that the unvaccinated don’t have justified reasons for not getting vaccinated.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, it’s “recommended” that those who’ve “had an allergic reaction” to any of the ingredients in the coronavirus vaccine “should not get it.” Are they also to blame for the current spike, according to Ivey?
What about the untested illegal aliens streaming across the border? Do they deserve any blame? It appears the public would like to know.
@GovernorKayIvey You say “its time to blame the unvaccinated” I say “Tell Biden to close the border” Until than STOP with the blame game. Biden has no problem letting Covid come across our Border everyday. Your standing with him so blame him leave us alone. So tired of it.
— ShirleyTrump2020 (@shirley16000123) July 23, 2021
@GovernorKayIvey You are disappointing. You now want to put the blame on the unvaccinated. Ppl with the vaccine can still get it and spread it. It’s not the unvaccinated that’s the issue. We are using common sense. The vaccines are more harmful than the virus itself.
— Mr. and Mrs. Smith (@parentalpawns) July 23, 2021
I like how masks and social distancing have ended but you’re still going to blame unvaccinated people for a virus acting as a virus does. Maybe you’re just mad the vax isn’t working as sold?
— tequila Taylor (@SlashsPaceMkr44) July 23, 2021
@GovernorKayIvey how dare you blame the unvaccinated people of Alabama for the spike for covid cases? The vaccines you’re so willing to promote do not have a guarantee of anything! Zero. Long term or short term. Federal funds, scare tactics and popularity is your business.
— Ivy (@poisonousivy78) July 23, 2021
You blame unvaccinated people for your states Covid-19? You got a lot of nerve. I’m glad I live in Florida.
— Tom Timcik (@TimcikTom) July 23, 2021
Notice the post from the guy who lives in Florida. The uptick in cases in the Sunshine State has been far more severe, going from a low of 991 on June 15th to a recent high of 12,647 on Thursday. But unlike Ivey, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn’t blamed the unvaccinated.
Instead, the Florida governor has stuck to the path that proved successful the first time: Minding his business and letting his constituents take care of themselves.
“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday pledged that there would be no mask mandates in schools or Covid-related lockdowns this fall even as the virus surges in the state and across the nation,” Politico reported Thursday.
And no blame either — or at least not any directed at his constituents. The governor has instead directed blame at the government officials, including Ivey, who’ve been playing the blame game instead of pursuing smart policies.
“I think that the more they’re hectored by government officials or some of these folks, that is not going to get them to yes, I can tell you that right now. I think these are folks that have skepticism of authorities,” he said this week.
He added that the Biden administration’s widely panned decision to temporarily halt distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine didn’t help.
“I think it was a huge mistake. I said so at the time, and I think that that sent a message that maybe this is not something that they should be doing. I think that’s been unfortunate because I took it. I think it’s effective,” he said.
Last but not least, he slammed those who’ve been encouraging the vaccinated to mask up.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 22, 2021
“Understand what that message is sending to people who aren’t vaccinated. It’s telling them that the vaccines don’t work. I think that’s the worst message you can send to people at this time,” he said.
Though the mask mandate in Alabama expired months ago, the state is still “encouraging” mask usage and social distancing.
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