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Biden Demonizes the Unvaxxed


In a mean-spirited and incoherent speech, the president mandated vaccinations and singled out a scapegoat.

To call yesterday’s COVID-19 address by Joe Biden a damned disgrace does a disservice to damned disgraces everywhere. It was at once a nasty piece of rhetorical misdirection and preemptive blame-shifting. It was also preachy, vindictive, misleading, desperate, divisive, demagogic, angry, and accusatory.

In short, it was utterly unbecoming of an American president. And if his unfitness for the presidency could be distilled into a single sentence, it might well be this: Speaking about the decision of whether one takes the COVID-19 vaccine, Biden said, “This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

Of course it’s about freedom and personal choice.

Biden, desperate to distract us from his unmitigated disaster in Afghanistan — especially just ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 — began by taking a swipe at a certain subgroup of his fellow citizens: “Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated,” he said. Later on, he continued to scold and demonize, calling this “a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” and warning, “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”

Here, Biden seemed to be setting up the unvaccinated as a scapegoat for whatever failures await us due to his ruinous policies and his feckless leadership. A new COVID surge? Blame the unvaccinated. A sluggish economy? Blame the unvaccinated. Runaway inflation? Blame the unvaccinated.

If only Biden had been as tough with the Taliban as he is with his fellow Americans. Or as tough at our southern border as he is at every other border on earth. “We also know this virus transcends borders,” he said. “That’s why, even as we execute this plan at home, we need to continue fighting the virus overseas, continue to be the arsenal of vaccines. … That’s American leadership on a global stage.”

Try as he might to change the subject, Afghanistan, not COVID-19, is Joe Biden’s lasting legacy of “American leadership on a global stage.”

Less than a minute into his speech, Biden reminded us how swell things are with him in the White House: how the economy is just humming along, and how he warned us about COVID-19’s Delta variant way back in July. Of course, if things were really so swell, we wouldn’t need our president to remind us.

Biden said the vaccine is “safe, effective, and free.” Okay, we’ll give him “free,” so long as we can ignore the many billions in associated costs that have been picked up by the federal government, which, come to think of it, are ultimately picked up by the American people.


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