White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday advised people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 to hold off on congregating indoors to eat or drink.
Mehdi Hasan, host of MSNBC’s “The Mehdi Hasan Show,” asked Fauci, “What is the message to vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans as to what they should and should not be doing right now? For example, eating and drinking indoors in restaurants and bars — is that OK now?”
According to Fauci, “it’s still not OK” to gather indoors. He cited the “level of infection” as “still really disturbingly high.”
“No, it’s still not OK for the simple reason that the level of infection, the dynamics of infection in the community are still really disturbingly high,” Fauci advised. “Like just yesterday, there were close to 80,000 new infections, and we’ve been hanging around 60,000, 70,000, 75,000.”
Fauci pled with the public to get vaccinated and continue wearing masks.
“So, if you’re not vaccinated, please get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available to you, and if you are vaccinated, please remember that you still have to be careful and not get involved in crowded situations, particularly indoors where people are not wearing masks,” he stated. “And for the time being, until we show definitively that a person who’s vaccinated does not get this subclinical infection and can spread to others, you should also continue to wear a mask.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Tuesday sounded off on the CBS “60 Minutes” “hit job” attempt regarding a “pay-to-play” with Publix and COVID-19 vaccines. The Governor passionately shot it down as “wrong” and a “fake narrative.”
DeSantis told FNC’s “Fox & Friends” that CBS’s failure to air a part of his explanation for Publix giving out vaccinations is “precisely” the reason Americans do not trust “corporate media.” He said CBS cut out his full answer “because they know that will blow up their narrative.”
“I think, fortunately … a lot of Americans don’t believe corporate media anymore for precisely this reason. they edited out all of the key facts,” DeSantis emphasized. “I gave a very detailed two-minute response at the press conference. They edited out all of the facts; you just showed some of the facts. There’s even more. I mean, the reason why Palm Beach wanted to do Publix, they have 65 Publix, and 90% of their seniors live within a mile and a half. And so we were in a situation where that was very convenient, and it made a lot of sense. CBS cut that out, and they acted like we weren’t trying to make it widely available. Also, there was no deal with Publix. They are one of the most respected companies in Florida. People love it. It would be malpractice not to use them as a distribution point, but the state never paid them a dime to do any of this. And we also had it in other pharmacies, CVS and Walgreens, from the very beginning, but they were going into the long-term care facilities at that time, so we wanted them to finish the mission.”
He continued, “[H]ere’s the bottom line — in Palm Beach, we’ve done over 275,000 seniors that have gotten shots statewide. We have done 3.5 million seniors that have gotten shots, so we’ve done one of the best jobs in the country at protecting our seniors. The results speak for themselves. But they didn’t want to tell you that because they know that will blow up their narrative.”
According to DeSantis, CBS wanted to “smear” him just because he is an up-and-coming Republican.
“They were looking to do a hit job on me to try to smear me just because I’m in the other party than them,” he advised. “That’s the only reason. You know, they are based in New York. What do they do with the Governor of New York who is in their party? They do puff pieces. They do all of this stuff. Would you rather get a vaccine as a senior in Florida or up in New York? Obviously, we’ve done a much better job protecting seniors.”
“[T]his is partisan corporate media,” he added. “And I think at this point, these people like this reporter, you know, they are basically ambulance chasers with a microphone. They are not trustworthy. They lie. We know they’re lying. They know that we know they’re lying, and yet they lie, and they lie, and they lie.”
Co-host Steve Doocy asked, “Governor, are you saying ’60 Minutes’ has a political agenda to make you look bad, perhaps to neutralize you as an up-and-coming force in the Republican Party?”
During a Monday interview with Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Gov. Bill Lee (R) blasted President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
Lee warned that since the plan will be raising taxes on small businesses and job creators to pay for itself, it is going “kill jobs.” He also pointed out that only five percent of Biden’s plan is designated for infrastructure.
“Well, it isn’t an awful lot of money, but besides the cost, there [are] a couple of things that are really concerning to me,” Lee outlined. “One, it’s touted as a jobs plan, but you will raise taxes on small businesses and job creators across this country by 30 percent to pay for this over the next 15 years. It’s going to kill jobs. And raising taxes on businesses after the year that we’ve just had, that’s very concerning. And then, it is an infrastructure plan, but I think five percent of it is spent on roads and bridges. We all want roads and bridges, but this is not the plan to do it.”
“We do need infrastructure, but, you know, we’re a state that has fiscally managed our budget for decades,” he added. “We pay for roads as we go. You know, we have a billion and a half in a rainy day fund and a billion in our unemployment trust fund. And this year, we’re investing $200 million in broadband expansion with state dollars. The reason we can do that is because our economy is working; we kept our businesses open. We are actually proposing a tax cut to our citizens this year. That’s the way fiscal responsibility should work. And states can do that across the country if they manage their budgets well.”
Sunday on New York WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris issued a warning about President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
According to Morris, the plan is “designed to collectivize the United States” and make it “controllable” as an economy.
“Biden‘s infrastructure package is designed to collectivize the United States, to regiment us, to unionize us, and to make us controllable and tractable as an economy,” Morris advised. “The metaphor that comes to mind is when [Joseph] Stalin insisted that all the farmers go into collective farms. He killed 20 million people to do that, and Biden’s not going to have to do that. Start with the infrastructure package: The key thing about this is that you cannot get those funds unless you unionize. Davis-Bacon will control all of that spending, so you have to have a union for your company to qualify. That’s going to force the entire construction industry and huge amounts of other industries into unionization.”
Dick Morris later added, “The goal is to organize our economy for more efficient government control. It sounds like in Germany, where everybody basically works for a few large companies, and there are only one or two large unions that represent everybody and one or two consumer groups that represent everybody. And it’s a very controlled process.”
Sunday, CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired a report saying that weeks before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced a partnership with Publix grocery stores to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in its pharmacies, Publix donated $100,000 to his PAC.
CBS’s Sharyn Alfonsi asked DeSantis how that situation is “not pay to play,” especially considering the exclusivity of the deal and Belle Glade, FL, being around 30 miles away from the nearest Publix.
DeSantis shot down the notion of any wrongdoing, calling it a “fake narrative.”
“So, first of all, what you’re saying is wrong. That’s a fake narrative,” DeSantis outlined. “I met with the county mayor, I met with the administrator, I met with all the folks at Palm Beach County, and I said, ‘Here’s some of the options: we can do more drive-thru sites, we can give more to hospitals, we can do the Publix.’ And they said, ‘We think that would be the easiest thing for our residents.’”
“The criticism is that it’s pay to play, Governor,” Alfonsi stated.
“It’s wrong. It’s wrong. It’s a fake narrative,” DeSantis shot back. “I just disabused of the narrative, and you don’t care about the facts because, obviously, I laid it out for you in a way that is irrefutable, and so it’s clearly not.”
Alfonsi insisted, “Isn’t … the nearest Publix to the Glades 30 miles away?”
“No, no, no,” the governor stated. “You’re wrong.”
Sunday on MSNBC’s “The Mehdi Hasan Show,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) warned of the “serious problem” posed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is one of the richest men in the world.
Host Mehdi Hasan asked Sanders, “How much do you think representative democracy in this country is threatened by the power of a single citizen who is worth $180 billion?”
Sanders pushed for “bringing power back to ordinary people,” which he said would be done through reforming campaign finances, ending gerrymandering and ending voter suppression.
“I think it’s a serious problem,” Sanders replied. “When we talk about income wealth inequality, it’s not just that two people — Bezos being one of them — own more wealth than the bottom 40% of the American people. That is wrong unto itself. But I think we forget the kind of power that these individuals have. Bezos owns The Washington Post. You have large corporations who have thousands of lobbyists all over Washington, D.C. Former leaders of the Democratic and Republican Party, they make incredible campaign contributions. So when we talk about the need to create a vibrant democracy, it means taking on income wealth inequality, bringing power back to ordinary people through campaign finance reforms, through ending gerrymandering, to ending suppression of voters. But it is a big issue. It is a very big issue in terms of the power of the few.”
Sunday on New York City AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” former Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow sounded off on President Joe Biden’s attempt to double the capital gains tax.
Kudlow emphasized the “big implications” of the Democrats’ efforts to raise taxes. He called the bid wage war on businesses and raise taxes “nuts.”
“[I]f they get rid of the filibuster, then a lot of the legislative agenda will go through,” Kudlow told host John Catsimatidis. “And of course Mitch McConnell is going to fight it. And McConnell has other Senate rules that he could use to slow the train down, but I think that’s a big problem, and this the first time that I’ve heard President Biden really adamantly saying the filibuster has to change. He had been lukewarm on that before, but now it’s very clear to me he wants it to change. And it’ll be up to the GOP to stop it.”
He added, “[M]ost of these initiatives are anti-business. A lot of class warfare against wealthy people … and raise the capital gains tax, double the capital gains tax. So, yeah, this is a big thing. I think that’s one of the key points that came out of the press conference.”
Kudlow went on to argue that raising taxes “are not going to build an economy.”
“You’re not going to be competitive around the world,” he continued. “You’re not going to bring investment home. You’re going to repel investment. Corporations will leave. Inversions will start all over again. If we wage war on businesses and wealthy investors, that is nuts. And that’s part of this class warfare that will do great harm to our economy and to the stock market.”
Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “The Next Revolution,” Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) discussed his recent visit to see firsthand the crisis at United States’ border with Mexico.
Gimenez described the situation at the border as “modern-day slavery.” He added the border crisis is seeing the molestation of young females, indentured servitude until families can come up with the funds for being transported across the border, and the murdering of immigrants who cannot come up with the funds.
“Look, what I saw at that Customs and Border Protection facility hundreds and hundreds of children, boys and girls — and I’m talking boys and girls — I’m not talking 17, 16 — I’m really talking boys and girls — I’m talking five, six, seven — they come across the border by themselves,” Gimenez recalled. “They have little pieces of paper telling them call so-and-so and an address. But here is the thing — a lot of these girls, young girls, are being molested. Maybe up to 30% are being molested. It costs their parents $4,00o to $6,000 to get them across. A Chinese immigrant trying to get across $35,000. We estimate that the cartels — the multinational cartels — are making close to half a billion dollars per month. They use these migrants to divert Customs and Border Protection agents to a certain section, and then they go ahead and rush the other sections that are unprotected, and they bring us drugs and all other kinds of mayhem that they bring in.”
“[T]his is great for the multinational cartels. It’s horrible for the migrants who … some are being murdered on the other side of the border if they can’t come up with the money,” he continued. “They are being extorted. And they are also being used —- if they get across — ‘Hey, you owe us $6,000. You are now an indentured servant here in the United States until you pay us back.’ Basically, it’s modern-day slavery. That is what is going on in the border, and it’s outrageous.”
Friday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) commented on his back and forth with “government worrywart” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical advisor. Paul and Fauci argued the day before about the purpose of masks among those who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Paul, a physician, emphasized during his interview that there is “no science” showing someone can get the coronavirus after receiving the vaccine. He also said there is “not a great deal of evidence” that mask mandates or economic lockdowns helped mitigate the spread of the virus, arguing the best way to combat the virus is with the vaccine.
“I think it depends on the risk factors,” Paul said when asked about the efficacy of masks among those who have not received the vaccine. “If they’re a kid, the risk factor of getting this and dying from this is virtually zero, and so I’m not a big fan of having kids wear masks. I think it’s to each his own. If you want to send your kid to a school, if they say wear a mask, do it. If you want to send your kid to a private school, and they don’t wear a mask, I think that’s also fine. I think the risk factors are things that individuals in a free society should decide for themselves.”
“If you look at all the mask mandates throughout the country, when we instituted the mask mandates, the incidence of the disease went up, particularly in December and January. As we went up exponentially, as a rise in infections occurred, everybody was wearing masks,” he added. “So, there’s not a great deal of evidence that mask mandates or economic lockdowns have changed the trajectory. The only thing that’s changing the trajectory is the vaccine. So, that’s why I don’t think people should be tricked into thinking the mask is the answer. The vaccine actually is the answer, but the mask really isn’t an answer. We’ve had rampant infection with everybody wearing masks.”
Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) sounded off on President Joe Biden’s efforts to address the crisis at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. The White House has told immigrants, “don’t come now, come later,” which seems to have gone largely ignored as a surge of immigrants continue to reach the border daily.
Ruiz said the Biden administration’s messaging is “not enough” at this time. He then touted the U.S. Citizenship Act as a solution to “address the root causes of the problems.”
“You know, no. That’s not enough,” Ruiz declared. “I mean, one is it’s very important that people realize that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and that it’s not safe for them, especially with the cartels and the coyotes that are taking advantage of them and retraumatizing them during the journey. But that’s why we need the U.S. Citizenship Act so that we can address the root causes of the problems so they don’t need to leave and they can stay where they are.”
He added, “This week, we’re going to pass the Dream and Promise Act to give a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, and we’re going to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which are two great solutions to giving people peace of mind, help our economy, stabilize our food supply chain and help the DREAMers who are nurses, doctors, job creators during this pandemic to really give and serve … everybody in our country.”