President Joe Biden is slated to address the nation today regarding his administration’s most recent efforts to get a grip on the Wuhan coronavirus. Sending a preview of his remarks released yesterday, he indicated a willingness to double down on vilifying “unvaccinated” people and is expected to announce new restrictions on people who refuse to accept the jab.
Jeff Zients, the White House Wuhan Coronavirus Coordinator said during a press briefing that: “We are intent on not letting Omicron disrupt work and school for the vaccinated. You’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this. For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”
White House COVID Response Coordinator tells unvaccinated Americans to be prepared to die:
“You're looking at a winter of severe illness and death.” pic.twitter.com/HU5d7WJ9YH
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 20, 2021
The jarring statement from Zients is both worrisome and unscientific (given that vaccinated individuals can still spread the virus). Furthermore, doctors from the UK and South Africa, where Omicron first appeared, have consistently reported that the most recent variant causes very mild symptoms both among the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. Omicron COVID-19 is also not causing hospitals to become overwhelmed.
Conservative voices on social media were quick to point out the Biden Administration’s clear use of dehumanization tactics to try and push whatever agenda they have planned to ‘manage’ the continued spread of COVID-19.
Biden goes after millions of Americans telling them they will die.
I’ve never seen a tweet so mean and broad. pic.twitter.com/5ve39nBkrE
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 20, 2021
An Axios/Ipsos poll found only 21% of Americans are confident in Biden’s ability to convince skeptics to get the vaccine.
Biden proves the other 79% right with his “for the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death” message. pic.twitter.com/GgKjkiyjuo
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) December 20, 2021
I know we live in stupid times, but it's unbelievable that this is a real message from the President of the USA… A week before Christmas. 😐
What a horrible (and false) thing to say. pic.twitter.com/vB2Qlx38ph
— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) December 20, 2021
Dehumanization is a technique that’s used to incite genocide. It alienates one from human rights. It likens people to animals and destroys empathy. It labels. It classifies. It marginalizes. So forgive me Joe if I tend to balk at your classification of “the unvaccinated.”
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) December 20, 2021
Americans should be gravely concerned that the nation’s highest office is starting to use language like this to describe people who are simply exercising their right to medical choice. Continuing to divide the country based on something as arbitrary as one particular vaccine is something that our nation can’t afford right now with political tensions already at their worst in decades.
Author: Shirley Bryant