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In a disingenuous rant Saturday, far-left CNN political commentator Jim Acosta portrayed Republican opposition to mask and vaccine mandates as an effort to “own the libs.” By doing so, he glossed over the legitimate arguments undergirding this opposition.
Going even further, he then said that the Delta variant of the coronavirus should be renamed after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s been particularly outspoken in his opposition.
Acosta, a man who purports to be a journalist, defended this rhetoric on the grounds that Republicans aren’t abiding by the so-called “science.”
“DeSantis is a graduate of Harvard Law and Yale. … Anybody who’s gone to an elite University not only passed a science class, but should also value expertise,” the segment above began with him saying.
“And the experts are telling us to listen to the science, that it’s better to be vaccinated, that masks will help in areas where COVID rates are soaring. And yet some of these GOP leaders won’t say the science part out loud.”
This may be because the “experts” whom Acosta has chosen to blindly trust have repeatedly erred in their “expertise” and “wisdom.” It may also be because policy decisions have to weigh the costs and benefits, not just the “science.”
Don’t wear a mask
Wear a mask
Don’t wear a mask
Masks don’t work
Wear two masks
All Dr Fauci statements . What science does he follow ? The science of power
— Marsha🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@Just_1Marsha) August 8, 2021
My problem is the Anti-Science liberals who flip flop along with the science
— Clifford (@TricksForTreats) August 8, 2021
“Just the other day … an 11-month-old girl in Texas, another hard hit state, had to be flown 150 miles away for treatment because hospital beds are full in her town,” the CNN commentator continued.
“People should not have to die so some politicians can own the libs. They’re not owning anybody, but they may end up owning the pandemic because they’re prolonging it.”
No one is “owning Libs” This is a lie and a perversion of the truth. Some people (inc many Conservatives) just blindly trust the medical establishment &Big Pharma in spite of their abysmal track record &crimes against humanity and some don’t. Are you lying or just stupid?
— IMOwired (@imowired) August 8, 2021
But according to local station KTRK, the coronavirus pandemic is one of several reasons hospitals in Houston — which is where the girl was transferred from — are full.
“There are the many factors that’s contributing to a pediatric bed shortage. First and foremost, the COVID-19 delta variant is putting more kids in hospitals. In addition, there’s an increase, doctors said, of respiratory syncytial virus or RSV,” according to the station.
“There’s also typical summer childhood injuries like falling off a bike and breaking an arm or a leg, as well as back to school health checks.”
This was not mentioned by Acosta. Nor did he note the fact that the Biden administration has been allowing thousands of COVID positive illegal aliens to freely stream into the Lone Star State.
The girl in Texas probably got it from one of those illegals crossing the border.
— Dave (@rasc94) August 7, 2021
@Acosta how about the “no border wall Variant”
— Penny C. Leclercq (@stevpny) August 8, 2021
The CNN commentator concluded his rant by throwing out his “DeSantis variant” quip.
“Perhaps it’s time to start naming these new variants that may be coming out after them. Instead of the Delta variant, why not call it the DeSantis variant? We could sell beer koozies that say ‘Don’t Florida My Fauci’ and use the money to help pay for all the funerals that’ll be coming in the days to come,” he said.
Was that supposed to be funny or truthful?
De Santis is not an anti vaxxer. He did a much better job than CA, NY and MI governors in protecting seniors. He has always advocated the vaccine, he doesn’t advocate masks for children in school. Stop making up stories, seems you are scared that he keeps owning Biden.
— M2H (@merm67) August 7, 2021
As noted by the Twitter user above, DeSantis has been equally vocal in encouraging Florida residents to seek out a coronavirus vaccine for themselves and their kids. What he’s refused to do, however, is force them to get the vaccine or to mask up.
In fact, he recently signed an executive order strictly forbidding school districts in the state from imposing mask mandates on their students.
This move triggered widespread anger from the left, who think that forcing little children to wear dirty masks all day qualifies as “good parenting.”
Likewise, last spring he signed an executive order banning vaccine passports on the grounds that such a move would be a gross violation of liberty.
These aren’t fringe positions. Some “Never Trump” conservatives and plenty of libertarians have endorsed them as well.
On the mask issue, even Jonah Goldberg, an avidly pro-vaccine, anti-Trump Republican of the Bill Kristol/George Will type, recently wrote that he’s had enough.
“The CDC wants us to go back to wearing masks indoors, even if you’ve been vaccinated. … If you’ll forgive a little testifying, I’ve tried hard to be reasonable throughout the pandemic. I’ve bent over backward to give public officials the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise,” he wrote for The Dispatch.
“So, with my self-indulgent celebration of my own reasonableness out of the way, I’m here to say that I’m done,” he added, reflecting an attitude that’s increasingly becoming prominent among the public.
Some of Acosta’s own colleagues have also questioned the merit of reinstituting mask mandates:
CNN’s co-host blasts CDC director over new mask order: ‘Why the hell’ must vaccinated ‘pay the price’ for unvaxxed? https://t.co/X36AMbyULv
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 29, 2021
When you’ve lost even your own colleagues …
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