Catholic anti-vax health worker bashes the Pope for promoting COVID-19 vaccine -- and leaves CNN reporter stunned
On Tuesday, CNN released an interview between reporter Miguel Marquez and a pair of anti-vaccine health care workers -- registered nurse Donna Schmidt and medical assistant Stephanie Touchet -- who both say they will lose their jobs rather than submit to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
In one part of the interview, Marquez appeared shocked when Touchet, a self-described Catholic, attacked Pope Francis for encouraging vaccinations.
"Even though the pope got vaccinated and says vaccines are fine and we should be getting them, that doesn't work for you?" asked Marquez.
"I feel he is a hypocrite," said Touchet.
"This is — this is God's messenger on earth," said Marquez. "This is the Bishop of Rome."
"He is. He was elected to that position," said Touchet. "However, he's not abiding by the Bible."
In another part of the interview, Touchet promoted conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 death rate.
"The number of people who are hospitalized and die that are vaccinated is extremely low, compared to those who are dying by the thousands every week of COVID-19," said Marquez.
"That's a misconception," said Touchet.
"I have seen them myself," shot back Marquez. "I have talked to them, myself. Thousands of people are dying from COVID-19 every week."
"Here is the — here is the thing," said Touchet. "There's several hundreds of thousands of people that were put on hospice five months before COVID came. They had brain tumors. They had lung cancer. They had COPD. They had other elements, illnesses. And yet, on their actual-death certificate, they deemed it that it was per COVID."
"You can't even accept that the vaccines work?" said Marquez.
"No, I am not convinced that they work yet," said Touchet.
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Authorities in Texas charged Jason Thornburg, 41, with capital murder after the remains of three humans were found in a burning dumpster, CBS Dallas-Ft.Worth reported Tuesday.
The suspect reportedly cut the throat of David Lueras, 42, who was his roommate in a motel in Euless. He allegedly dismembered the body in the bathtub and eventually stored the body parts in "Rubbermaid type bins."
He then allegedly murdered a woman by slitting her throat, again dismembering her and place the remains in tubs. He allegedly then stabbed and strangled a second woman before disposing of her body in the same manner.
He also allegedly admitting murdering a 61-year-old man in May and killing a woman in another state.
An affidavit filed in the case alleged that "Thornburg said he has an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and believes he was called to commit human sacrifices."
Thornburg's bond was set at $1 million.
'When are they going to apologize?' Conservative slams Republicans who accused Mark Milley of treason
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mark Milley came under furious fire from Republicans after an excerpt from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's upcoming book appeared to suggest he subverted the chain of command to take over U.S. military policy in the waning days of Donald Trump's presidency, with Trump himself even accusing him of treason.
But in his hearing on Tuesday, Milley clarified he did nothing of the sort, and was conveying the official position of the administration in his talks with China.
On CNN that evening, conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot tore into the Republicans who had been so quick to go after Milley's conduct.
"So Max, General Milley is rejecting GOP criticism of revelations in that new book 'Peril,'" said anchor Erin Burnett. "The revelation, of course, that he called his Chinese counterpart, General Li, twice to assure him the United States would not be attacking China, and furthermore, said he would tell them if we were going to. He says the former Defense Secretary Esper and others were completely in the loop. How important is that?"
"I think it's very important because that diffuses one of the incendiary charges that Republicans have been making against Milley," said Boot. "I mean, remember when the excerpts from the Woodward/Costa book came out, you had people like Senator Marco Rubio and Donald Trump accusing General Milley of treason. That was the word they used for this decorated-combat veteran claiming that he went behind Trump's back to undermine him, talking to this Chinese general. And clearly, there was a lot less to the story than they thought."
"I think General Milley offered a very persuasive explanation that nobody has really rebutted to show that actually he kept everybody in the administration in the loop," continued Boot. "He wasn't doing anything untoward, he was just doing his job. And so, you know, I kind of wonder, Erin, when are Senator Rubio and — and former President Trump and others, when are they going to apologize to General Milley for the aspersions they have cast on his character?"
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