Sunny Hostin of "The View" tore into Americans who've indicated they won't get the COVID-19 vaccine by saying we should "shun" them — and the co-host specifically called out "white evangelicals" and "Republicans."
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Hostin on Monday's program decried the "politicization" of the vaccine controversy, calling out former President Donald Trump without naming him — and then proceeded to politicize things herself by using divisive and shaming language and phrases.
"This is just a vestige of the prior administration's politicization of the mask and of the vaccine," Hostin said of reason for vaccine hesitancy. "I mean, the prior administration was an anti-science administration, and I think we're seeing the fallout of the bungling of the pandemic where it led to ... the death[s] of over 500,000 people. We now know that studies show that had the pandemic ... been dealt with in a different way, in a public-health manner, had these masks and efforts not been politicized in the way that they were, we could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives, including the lives of my in-laws."
Perhaps Hostin missed the news that Trump — who, by the way, said he's been vaccinated — recently called anti-vaccine sentiments "deranged pseudo-science" and ripped President Joe Biden for aiding such a point of view by pausing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine's distribution.
Oh, and speaking of politicizing the vaccine, who remembers when Kamala Harris in September famously said she wouldn't receive a vaccine developed under the Trump administration — and then happily received it in December when she was the vice president-elect?
But anyway, Hostin in her soft-spoken rant went on to target and blame specific groups.
"When you look at the folks that are not getting vaccinated — because it's a quarter of Americans that aren't getting vaccinated — white evangelicals: 45% say they won't get vaccinated according to ... Pew Research ... almost 50% of Republicans are refusing to get the vaccine," Hostin said. "So we won't reach herd immunity because of those particular groups."
Then the co-host lowered the boom: "So I say we need to shun those that refuse to get vaccinated."
She added that unvaccinated Americans should be refused entry into certain places.
"I think if you have not been vaccinated, no entry. You want to get on a plane? You gotta be vaccinated, show proof of vaccination," Hostin said. "And those people who don't want to get vaccinated ... that's fine for you, but you can't spread it to other people ... you don't get those other liberties that come with immunity. Something has to break. If that's your personal choice not to get vaccinated, you don't then get to infringe on the rights of those who have chosen to protect their fellow citizens."
Hostin's comments begin just after the 3:30 mark in the below clip:
SHUNNING ANTI-VAXXERS? Experts say America is unlikely to reach herd immunity soon because of vaccine hesitancy cau… https://t.co/P81E5uhtCq— The View (@The View) 1620055590.0
But co-host Meghan McCain, as you can imagine, wasn't down with Hostin's all-out assault on the unvaccinated — and pointed out that when concern abounded last year over vaccine hesitancy among the black community, the response was "compassion" and "empathy." However, amid vaccine hesitancy with other groups, McCain said the response from the left has been "you dumb hillbillies; stay the hell away from me!"
She added that such messaging is "absolute garbage" and is "getting worse."
"I have no problem with vaccines, but the messaging is psychotic," McCain concluded, adding that "I'm horrified by the way people are talking to Republicans ... I think we should try and meet people along instead of saying they're dumb morons in the middle of the country that are going to kill everybody. It's just not effective."
Hostin is far from alone in her view
As it happens, Hostin is far from alone in her view. On Friday, USA Today published an op-ed by a far-left former Justice Department prosecutor titled, "It's time to start shunning the 'vaccine hesitant.' They're blocking COVID herd immunity."
Like Hostin on her high horse, Michael J. Stern's piece was full of venom and extremist sentiments, noting that "a quarter of the country is ruining [herd immunity] for all of us" — and he also took aim at white evangelicals and Republicans, saying "in the end the G.O.P., and the children of G.O.D., are perpetuating a virus that is sickening and killing people in droves."
More from Stern's piece:
A big part of the problem stems from the cultish relationship many evangelicals and Republicans have with the former president. They absorbed his endless efforts to downplay the danger of the virus and turn public health precautions into a political freedom movement. But the time for analyzing why these human petri dishes have chosen to ignore the medical science that could save them, and us, is over. We need a different strategy. I propose shunning.
Biden's wildly successful vaccine rollout means that soon everyone who wants a vaccine will have one. When that happens, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, barbers, airlines and Ubers should require proof of vaccination before providing their services.
And it shouldn't stop there. Businesses should make vaccination a requirement for employment. A COVID-19 outbreak can shut down a business and be financially devastating. And failure to enforce basic health and safety measures is not fair to employees who have to work in offices, factories and stores where close contact is required. Things should get personal, too: People should require friends to be vaccinated to attend the barbecues and birthday parties they host. Friends don't let friends spread the coronavirus.
(H/T: Washington Times)