WATCH: Anti-mask protester punches cancer patient in her surgery scars during violent clash outside Los Angeles clinic
An anti-mask rally outside a California cancer treatment center turned violent on Thursday, with a patient who confronted the protesters saying she was sprayed with bear mace and punched repeatedly in her surgery scars.
The incident occurred outside the Cedars-Sinai Breast Health Services building in Hollywood, where dozens of anti-maskers with signs and a megaphone gathered to protest the clinic's mask requirement, harassing doctors and patients, Vice News reports.
Kate Burns, a breast-cancer patient, approached the protesters and asked them to leave, according to video posted online.
"I get treated here, get the f*ck away," Burns said. When one of the protesters asked why she was angry, Burns responded "Because I've just gone through f*cking breast cancer, and you motherf*ckers are here."
When one of the anti-maskers told Burns the protest had "nothing to do with" her, she responded: "You are protesting a breast cancer f*cking center. It has everything to do with me and my community. Do you know anything about chemotherapy? Do you know what happens to the immune system?"
Protesters then asked Burns if she was familiar with the Civil Rights Act. "Get on the right side of history. You've got a lot of anger you need to release. It's a very dangerous emotion," one man told her.
After more anti-maskers and some anti-fascist counterprotesters arrived, the scene turned violent. Video shows Burns getting punched and shoved by a woman with a megaphone.
The anti-maskers are arguing with a cancer patient. https://t.co/FESqF32u9P— Vishal P. Singh (They/He) (@Vishal P. Singh (They/He)) 1626990551.0
They have surrounded and are harassing a doctor who works here. https://t.co/CWT4I4HD2K— Vishal P. Singh (They/He) (@Vishal P. Singh (They/He)) 1626995970.0
Governor comes out of hiding to suggest Tennesseans think about getting vaccinated to ‘manage’ the ‘health situation’
Republican Governor Bill Lee on Thursday made his first public appearance in two weeks, and suggested Tennessee residents think about getting vaccinated – but insisted it's not the government's role to take any steps beyond providing information and vaccines.
Tennessee is the fifth-worst state in the nation for adults getting their first vaccine dose, and the ninth-worst for being fully-vaccinated. Less than half of Tennesseans have been fully inoculated.
"I think that we want to continue to encourage Tennesseans to get vaccine," Governor Lee said Thursday, not asking or urging residents to get vaccinated, and not explaining the deadly chance residents are taking by choosing to not be vaccinated.
"It's the best tool be have to manage the COVID situation – the health situation that we have," he said, seemingly correcting himself mid-sentience to avoid saying coronavirus or pandemic.
"We'll continue to provide access, we'll continue to make it available," he said of the coronavirus vaccine, insisting that is the extent of "the government's role."
"The government's role is to provide information, to provide education, to provide access, to provide...um...to provide the vaccine," he continued, unable to think of any other responsibilities he has as the head of the state.
"It's not to mandate, to require, it's not to blame, to shame those who choose not to. It is to create an environment where people can make a personal decision about the vaccine."
WSMV adds that Gov. Lee "also addressed the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus and said the state is monitoring the situation."
Lee has been noticeably absent after his politically-ambitious Health Dept. Commissioner fired the state's top official in charge of vaccines, for merely releasing a memo confirming that state law allows minors who wish to get the vaccine to be inoculated without parental notification or consent.
Lee says he supports Dr. Lisa Piercey's decision to fire Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs.
'Not too late to delete this': Ted Cruz attacks Cleveland baseball team for ditching 'Indians' name -- and it blows up in his face
Senator Ted Cruz's latest attempt to be relatable and clever ended up blowing up in his face on Friday morning after he weighed in on the announcement from Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians that they will change their mascot to the Guardians next season in honor of iconic statues close to the stadium.
The team had announced previously they would be dropping the Indians' name after eliminating the cartoonish and offensive Chief Wahoo logo.
Seeing a multitude of conservatives gnashing their teeth at the name change -- calling it "cancel culture" -- Cruz dove in by writing "Why does MLB hate Indians?" over a link from MLB displaying the new array of Guardian logos.
Needless to say, Cruz's attempt at what he probably thinks is funny or trenchant social commentary didn't gain the Texas Republican any new fans as some of the comments below show:
@tedcruz All these attempts and still none of your lame jokes have landed.— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) 1627051201.0
@tedcruz You are such a dope. Like, how do you not fall down more when walking?— Crushing (@Crushing) 1627051338.0
@meltedpotmama @tedcruz That would mean he'd have to interact with them and we all know that is not going to happen… https://t.co/XvvraqvF8Q— Xondra Day (@Xondra Day) 1627053168.0
@tedcruz Maybe focus on policy-making, your constituents’ needs, literally ANYTHING in your job description, rather than this???— Wit Beyond Measure ⚡️ (@Wit Beyond Measure ⚡️) 1627052460.0
@tedcruz Really Ted? Is disliking native Americans what this name change is about? You're incredibly disingenuous.— napacab (@napacab) 1627052076.0
@CMReischman @tedcruz That the American taxpayer is paying for, no less.— Connor @ 🏠 (@Connor @ 🏠) 1627052355.0
@tedcruz I think you might be a touch confused about what's happening here— Daniel Arias (@Daniel Arias) 1627052038.0
@tedcruz The MLB doesn’t, Indians don’t want to be a mascot and they have that right. If Texas Rangers changed thei… https://t.co/0LlyAtjsWO— CEOShamer (@CEOShamer) 1627052134.0
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