Anderson Cooper floats withholding Social Security from unvaxxed, fact-checkers lib-splain

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Social media exploded after a clip of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper appearing to suggest that the vaccine-hesitant could be denied Social Security was posted on Christmas Eve and drew a fierce response from Twitter users worried about the lengths to which the government might go to enforce compliance.

But don’t be mad. He didn’t really mean what he said as an endorsement. Outlets like AP have jumped to lib-splain his question as “only a question.” Thanks for clearing that up, guys!

The clip was from an August 4 interview with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, a man who has championed vaccines and has been a regular presence on television since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic and who, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, relishes serving up doomsday predictions about the virus.

During the interview on “Anderson Cooper 360,” the host and Gates discussed a variety of topics including the billionaire’s relationship with deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his cell in a high-security prison where he was awaiting trial, and the conversation turned to the problem of coercing the unvaxxed into obedience.

While Cooper did not explicitly call for such a severe measure, many believed that he at least floated the idea which clearly delighted the snickering Gates.

(Video: CNN)

Cooper’s remarks were made after Gates spoke of the “communications challenge” of convincing the vaccine-hesitant – particularly the elderly – to get jabbed, and what measures could be used to move the needle.

Via the CNN transcript:

“Obviously, corporations increasingly are saying you have to be vaccinated in order to work at our corporation. Is that something you support? And do you think the Federal government or state governments, or the very least Federal government should mandate, if you want to get on an airplane, you have to be vaccinated; if you want to get Social Security, you need to be vaccinated; if you want to get whatever benefits they give, you need to be vaccinated for. Is that something that the U.S. can and should do?”

 

With Anderson Cooper trending on Twitter, the “fact-checkers” flew into action to circle the wagons around CNN’s star anchor.

Twitter users reacted to the “fact-checkers”

Another of Cooper’s suggestions can’t simply be labeled as a conspiracy theory, the idea that vaccines could be mandated for air travel could soon become reality, just take it from an authoritative source who is above reproach when it comes to COVID and the authoritarianism that it has unleashed.

Cooper’s fellow CNN employee Don Lemon has called for the unvaccinated to be banned from shopping at supermarkets, one of the many leftists and media personalities who have been clamoring for the noncompliant to have their ability to participate in society stripped from them. So it’s understandable that many would react strongly to Cooper floating the idea that their Social Security could be clawed back.

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