New vaccine data prove 'right wing media are killing off their own audiences': Former GOP consultant
Former Republican consultant Matthew Sheffield on Monday pointed to new polling data on the COVID-19 vaccine from Pew Research showing that Republican voters are almost singlehandedly keeping America from ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
Overall, the poll shows that just 60 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning voters report getting at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 86 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters and 73 percent of American adults overall.
Digging even deeper into the numbers, white evangelicals are by far the most resistant to getting vaccinated, as just 57 percent report getting at least one shot, compared to 70 percent for Black protestants.
Analyzing the numbers, Sheffield puts the blame squarely on conservative media.
"The correlation between far-right political views and being unvaccinated could not be clearer," he writes on Twitter. "Right wing media are killing off their own audiences."
Sheffield also took a shot at conservative media outlets for hyping up the supposedly high vaccine refusal among Black and Latino communities, despite the fact that 70 percent of Black Americans surveyed and 76 percent of Latino Americans surveyed report getting at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, totals which are both significantly higher than white evangelicals.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) doesn't have anything to do in Congress, which is why she travels around the U.S. fundraising and spreading conspiracy theories.
Her latest ploy involved raffling off a .50 caliber sniper rifle that she boasted was used by American soldiers in Afghanistan.
This new stunt led MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace to blame the Republican Party leaders for creating people like Greene. Previously a Republican who served in the George W. Bush administration, Wallace also attacked both men for refusing to curb Trump's extremism.
"The reason we don't play that Lindsey Graham speech every day -- because I agree it was remarkable, as was Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calling for Trump to be criminally prosecuted — is because they have gone to all five sides of the hexagon of election fraud," said Wallace. "And Mitch McConnell and [Kevin] McCarthy (R-CA) and Graham are the reason there was an insurrection. Because if Donald Trump had been checked... in December, in early January, there might not have been an insurrection, you might not have had police officers mutilated with a flag pole. Sen [Mike] Lee (R-UT) made phone call after phone call to officials in states, such as Georgia which he doesn't represent, Pennsylvania, which he doesn't represent, Arizona, which he doesn't represent."
She went on to show the video of Greene, noting that she was attacking Democrats by name while waving around the massive gun, which isn't a good look after Trump supporters repeatedly threatened to murder Democratic politicians on January 6th.
"Mitch McConnell did that. Kevin McCarthy did that. Republicans did that. This is who we are because of them," said Wallace.
See the video below:
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In an interview with NPR Monday, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa promoted his and Bob Woodward's new book Peril, which will be released to the public on Tuesday.
Speaking to Steve Inskeep, Costa described the strange way that Republicans seem to hate former President Donald Trump but also still want him to run again in 2024. He noted that the country and the Republican Party were both brought to the brink and he doesn't understand why the party leaders would want that again.
"He has been trying to get President Trump to run again," Costa said of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "And he is someone - even though he has said publicly - and in our book documents privately - that this election fraud stuff is B.S., he's been trying to get President Trump to get to a better spot. He believes President Trump is the future of the Republican Party, that he could come back in 2024. And that's partly why we called the book Peril. Woodward and I realized that this system, the American system and also the Republican Party were tested to the brink, and that peril remains. President Trump's a political figure who remains on the scene with immense political capital."
Inskeep noted that using Graham's own words could paint a terrible picture of Donald Trump throughout the years. He didn't understand why Graham keeps coming back to Trump.
"The question I ask as a reporter is, why do all these Republicans seem to want him to run again?" said Costa. "Maybe not necessarily Leader McConnell in the Senate based on our reporting, who says President Trump privately is almost like an off-track thoroughbred, a Kentucky term. But you see the Republicans searching for a way to come back in 2022, 2024. And they see President Trump, with his appeal to his voters, is probably maybe their only horse. But there are others out there who are trying to compete, maybe even Pence."
He went on to say that there was an internal debate in the GOP between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Graham about the direction of the party. McConnell wants to move toward traditional Republicanism where Graham wants full Trumpism.
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