MSNBC's Joy Reid says that the "faction of the right" defying COVID-19 measures are part of a "death cult."
"The Reidout" host said that Fox Nation host Lara Logan — who recently compared Dr. Anthony Fauci to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele — might very well be one of those people in a death cult leading some of the right down a path of destruction.
What's a brief history here?
Logan said Monday that the concern over the COVID-19 Omicron variant is over the top.
"What is happening over time is that the entire response to COVID and everything that we were told about it from the beginning is being exposed. And it’s falling apart,” Logan insisted. “The lies are coming apart. Really now, there is no justification for putting people out of their jobs or forcing vaccine mandates for a disease that ultimately is very treatable.”
She continued, "What you see on Dr. Fauci, this is what people say to me, that he doesn’t represent science to them. He represents Josef Mengele. Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the Second World War and in the concentration camps.”
Logan then added that "people all across the world are saying this" over his response to COVID-19 and “what it has done to civil liberties, the suicide rates, [and] poverty.”
What are the details?
Reid, referring to Logan — who she said is a "right-wing troll" — began her show, "We begin 'The Reidout' with a deplorable form of Republican gaslighting, comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust. Again, last night, it reached a new low when former respectable journalist and current right-wing troll Lara Logan went on ... Trump TV to say this about Dr. Anthony Fauci."
She then played the clip of Logan's remarks and immediately condemned her for the comparison.
"Now, to show you how ludicrous but also how offensive that comparison is, let me talk a bit about who Josef Mengele actually was," she began. "Known as the 'Angel of Death,' he presided over deadly and inhumane medical experiments on Jewish prisoners while serving as a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp. He is described as the embodiment of absolute evil, a doctor assigned to select who would die or who would live, only to be subject to the ghoulish human experiments that he over saw."
Reid added, "So, no. Dr. Fauci, a public servant who has seen this nation through AIDS, bioterrorism, Ebola, swine flu, and now COVID, is nothing like Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele, nor is Fauci anything like the creator of fascism, Benito Mussolini, of them being Italian. Is that what they're getting at? Because that, too, is offensive. It's a comparison Tucker Carlson of frozen dinner fame made on his show last night, and, no, it doesn't make sense."
Making sense, she continued, is beside the point when it comes to reasoning with some conservatives — whom she branded "today's angels of death."
"It's about power and spreading lies and fake outrage so the MAGA squad wins elections," she insisted. "They are today's angels of death. Refusing to get vaccinated and urging fellow Americans to remain exposed even as their own parents, grandparents, and children die of COVID. The numbers prove it. Red America has the highest rates of COVID death, but the lowest rates of vaccinations. They are literally killing people."
She demanded, "How many more people have to die before we say what we have all known for quite some time? This faction of the right is a death cult. Six unvaccinated members of a Florida family dead after contracting COVID, mothers dying shortly after giving birth, parents of young children wiped out. And then the harrowing news that more than 140,000 U.S. children have lost a caregiver due to the pandemic. Almost two years in, the trauma is irreversible. It's a trauma that has crossed generations. It is permanent and unforgiving. And so we ask again, how many more people have to die before these ghouls are satisfied?"