MSNBC’s Chris Hayes rips Rubio for his video encouraging vaccinations

MSNBC host Chris Hayes took to Twitter on Wednesday in an attempt to clap back at a video posted earlier by Sen. Marco Rubio in which the Florida Republican explained why vaccinated Americans are objecting to new masking guidelines and mandates.

“This is a really perfect example of the constant triangulating cowardice and whataboutism that’s infected the entire party and movement. He can’t just say ‘Hey get vaccinated!’. Have to find some way to own the libs,” Hayes said in retweeting Rubio’s video.

Only, the senator did call for Americans to get vaccinated.

“Stop with the mask fetish,” Rubio wrote in a post containing his video. “If you want to wear a mask as a courtesy to those around you or because you are in no mood to get even a little sick go ahead. If you want your kids to mask in school that’s your right. But we aren’t going to mask our way out of this.”

In the video, Rubio noted first that “the overwhelming majority” of Americans who have to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 are not vaccinated, while the “overwhelming majority” of people who have been vaccinated but summarily test positive for the virus are not.

“So what does common sense tell you? It tells you if you’re vaccinated, you’re probably not going to get COVID, but if you do, you’re not gonna get very sick,” Rubio continues. “If you’re not vaccinated, you’re probably gonna get COVID eventually, and when you do, it might be nothing, or it might be really bad, and you might end up in the hospital.”

Noting further that those are “the facts,” the senator went on to say that Americans should be presented with all relevant information and then be allowed to choose the best course of action “in a free country.”

“And you know what? People are making that decision. You’ve seen the vaccination rate surge,” he continued. “But instead, the CDC and a lot of other people spent the first two days here arguing about masks — who are we gonna strap masks on now? How are we gonna force masks on people?

“You’re not gonna mask your way out of this pandemic,” he added. “The only way out of this pandemic is to turn COVID into something no worse than a cold or a flu, and we have medicines that do that — it’s called a vaccine.

“That’s what we should be spending our time doing — trying to get more people vaccinated,” Rubio added, though not via government mandates or coercion but by giving Americans all the facts.

“The answer here is not masks,” Rubio continued. “The answer here is vaccines. Get vaccinated. That’s the answer.”

It’s not clear if Hayes, in his attempt to ‘own’ Rubio, was upset that the Florida Republican did not just say ‘get vaccinated’ instead of adding criticism about the Biden administration’s return to confusing mask guidance. But what is clear is that Rubio repeatedly recommended the best treatment forward for COVID to protect the largest number of Americans was getting vaccinated.

On Wednesday, National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases chief Dr. Anthony Fauci had to correct his boss, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, after the latter said during a CNN interview that parents should mask at home around their unvaccinated children.

Fauci would go on to explain in a later interview that Collins “misspoke.”

Jon Dougherty

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