Florida COVID patient admits falling for 'foolish' anti-vax lies: 'If I wasn’t stupid, I wouldn’t be in this predicament'
A man who has been hospitalized for the last three weeks after being infected with the novel coronavirus admits that he got taken in by anti-vaccination propaganda -- and he's now full of regret.
NBC News reports that 67-year-old Lawrence Jones, who has spent the past 22 days at UF Health Jacksonville after coming down with COVID-19, has been using his time to encourage more people to get vaccinated.
"Every day I get on the phone: 'Please do not play. Get the vaccination,'" he told the network. "If I wasn't stupid, I wouldn't be in this predicament. Don't listen to foolishness. Go get vaccinated."
Jones's story is part of a broader report on the surge of COVID hospitalizations in Florida, where Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has refused to place any restrictions on the economy despite record-breaking cases.
Dr. Dean Watson, a vice president at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, tells NBC News that he's growing frustrated at having so many COVID patients who declined to get vaccinated despite having the opportunity to do so.
"We're taking care of patients who, if they had made the right choice and gotten the vaccine, would not be in the hospital," he said. "You're battling through sadness, but you're also battling through a little anger, too."
Former President Donald Trump's lawyers will fight to keep Congress from seeing his tax returns as the former president continues to stonewall investigations into his finances.
On Friday, the Department of Justice instructed the Treasury Department to turn over Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.
"The statute at issue here is unambiguous: 'Upon written request' of the chairman of one of the three congressional tax committees, the Secretary 'shall furnish' the requested tax information to the Committee," the Justice Department noted.
Trump lawyer Ronald Fischetti says the former president will challenge the decision, Reuters reported Monday.
"There is no evidence of any wrongdoing here and I object to the release of the returns not only on behalf of my client but on behalf of all future holders of the Office of the President of the United States," Fischetti said, even though the statue does not require there to be any evidence of wrongdoing.
Fischetti also complained about the "politicization and harassment of Mr. Trump."
On Monday, AdWeek reported that Andrew Napolitano, Fox News' chief legal analyst, has been fired in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
"This comes after a lawsuit filed Monday by Fox Business production assistant John Fawcett, who alleges that he was sexually harassed in an elevator by the Judge in 2019," reported A. J. Katz. "In his lawsuit, Fawcett alleges senior execs were aware of the misconduct, but declined to take further action. Fawcett also alleges that Napolitano also harassed other male employees, but HR also declined to investigate those incidents."
The lawsuit also alleged that Fox Business host Larry Kudlow repeatedly made racist and sexist comments.
Napolitano, an outspoken civil libertarian who frequently criticized both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump, has a history of accusations. In 2020, the New York Daily News unearthed an allegation that Napolitano sexually abused an arson defendant in his court while working as a judge in the 1980s.
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