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Anti-vax nurses' threats of mass resignations over mandates look like a gigantic bust in Maine: report
Nurses and other health care workers opposed to getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus have threatened a mass resignation campaign if their institutions implement vaccine mandates.
However, the Maine Beacon reports that this threat has been mostly hot air so far in the Pine Tree State.
"Employment data shows that very few Maine health care workers have quit their jobs over the recent statewide COVID vaccine mandate, despite a number of lawsuits and ongoing protests organized by anti-vaccine activists," the publication writes.
The Maine Beacon specifically pointed to Northern Light, the second-largest health care provider in Maine, which said recently that only 20 of its 10,000-plus staff members had quit in protest of Maine Gov. Janet Mills's vaccine mandate for health care workers.
And Maine Health, the largest in-state health care provider, said that only 45 staff members out of its 23,000-plus staff resigned due to the vaccine mandate.
In fact, the combined resignations of staff members is just a fraction of the number of Maine residents currently hospitalized with COVID-19, as more than 200 Mainers are currently receiving treatment at a hospital for the disease.
The Maine Beacon notes that Republicans in the state have been pushing back against the Mills mandates, although so far it seems as though the mandates are not having dire impacts on health care staffing at major providers.
Trump campaign aides flew off the handle when president demanded Newsmax's Dick Morris get new poll numbers
Dick Morris, a former friend and adviser to President Bill Clinton, turned against his friend years ago and since has become a far-right, anti-government ideologue pushing his theories on Newsmax and other right-leaning publications.
Thus, it's no surprise he joined on as an informal adviser to President Donald Trump as he mounted his 2020 reelection campaign.
Morris and Fox News host Sean Hannity were too close to Trump for the likes of top campaign officials.
Peril, the new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa revealed that as Trump's poll numbers were falling just months before the election, the campaign was trying to guard against the extremist voices influencing the president.
"Outsiders like Dick Morris and Sean Hannity had too much influence, feeding him ideas and advice that cut against poll-tested strategy," said the book Peril.
"On Wednesday, September 23, at 8:20 a.m., Trump adviser Jason Miller emailed Stepien and the campaign's pollsters, John McLaughlin and Tony Fabrizio," said Peril. "The subject line: 'Was this new poll shared with Dick Morris???' Fabrizio responded at 11:23 a.m., writing 'the President had told me to share numbers with him.'"
Woodward and Costa wrote that Miller responded, seemingly furious about it.
"Well, that was a f*ck up. Now he's 'threatening' to tell the President our numbers have 'tanked.' I don't want anybody talking to Dick Morris about anything ever," he said.
In the final days of the campaign, Trump was swinging at anything he could potentially hit. The last 48 hours before Election Day, he held 11 rallies during the pandemic. At the time, his advisers told him that he might be able to "bump up his vote by half a percentage point to a full point by demonstrating 'effort' and 'energy,'" reported NBC News at the time.
Conservative calls out fellow right-wingers for 'dying to own the libs' with hardcore vax resistance
Writing in The Washington Post this Tuesday, columnist Sonny Bunch says that it's undeniable that the majority of people forgoing COVID-19 vaccines are Republicans, and that resistance to vaccines is directly inflating death rates.
While Republicans try to deflect blame for lagging vaccination to other demographic groups, Bunch contends that the data says something different:
"Sixty percent of those who have received at least one dose are White, while 61 percent of the population is White; 17 percent of those who have received at least one dose are Hispanic, while 17 percent of the population is Hispanic; 10 percent of those who have received at least one dose are Black, while 12 percent of the population is Black."
As a result. Bunch writes, people in Republican-leaning states "(and folks in Republican-leaning media) are dying in greater numbers."
Bunch then points to a recent op-ed in Breitbart where John Nolte argues that shaming anti-vaxxers is not the correct strategy to get people vaccinated.
"I wish Nolte nothing but the best in convincing Trump-backing Republicans that the path to electoral success and continued lib-ownage is to get vaccinated," Bunch writes. "If he can get his audience to finally take to heart the fact that 99.5 percent of those who are dying of covid-19 are unvaccinated, more power to him. But I do wish he spent more time exploring how negative polarization became the be-all and end-all in the Republican Party, to the point that it is a deadly phenomenon."
Read the full op-ed over at The Washington Post.
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