The Daily Beast, a progressive publication, is claiming that Americans who voted for Donald Trump are entirely to blame for a lack of herd immunity to COVID-19 in the general population.
“White Republican vaccine resistance to COVID-19 is rooted in neither historical nor contemporary proof of discrimination, at least according to a CBS poll that found Republican vaccine resistance far outpaces other groups,” author Kali Holloway wrote. “Instead, the unwillingness to get the preventative remedy rests primarily in “mistrust of the government” and the belief that “it’s still too untested/I’m waiting to see what happens.”
COVID-19 is a fairly new disease. There is much that is not known about it and new mutations are already causing problems in many parts of the world. Even CNN has acknowledged that it is possible to get COVID-19 after getting vaccinated against it. However, these facts don’t matter to activists eager to push a certain narrative. That isn’t stopping Holloway from telling her readers that white Trump supporters should be blamed for a possible future COVID-19 outbreak because many of them are rightly hesitant to try out a brand-new, not fully tested vaccine.
Ironically, white conservatives aren’t the only ones planning on skipping out on COVID-19 vaccines. A recent poll showed that 28% of African Americans don’t plan on getting vaccinated either. Concerns about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines, coupled with long-standing mistrust of government officials, are leading millions of African-Americans to avoid the brand-new vaccines, at least for the time being.
Another poll found that 20% of Hispanic respondents weren’t planning on getting vaccinated. Misinformation about the vaccine, coupled with stories of people who have had adverse reactions, are leading reasons why many Hispanics aren’t getting the shot.
An unbiased journalist would do the research, consider who is skipping out on the vaccine and why, and offer a rational take on what could happen if a large percentage of the population doesn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine. However, mainstream media outlets seem to be far more interested in promoting a particular agenda than actually reporting facts.
The Daily Beast makes it clear that only white Republicans should be blamed for a resurgence in COVID because the condition there have been more COVID-19 deaths in the African American and Hispanic communities than in white communities. According to the article, whites who don’t want to get vaccinated don’t care about the lives of others because, after all, whites have easier access to vaccines than non-white communities.
The move to pin the blame on a potential resurgence in COVID-19 cases on the former President and his supporters is not only factually inaccurate but a slap in the face to tens of millions of people who should have a right to make their own medical decisions without interference. The only thing the Daily Beast is accomplishing here is stirring up more race-based division. Then again, that’s likely part of the plan.