CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just days after coming to President Donald Trump's defense in the wake of Charlottesville, Franklin Graham sent out a new Facebook post Thursday in which he appeared to distance himself from the embattled president's continued attempts to say blame for the violence in Charlottesville should be shared by white supremacists and by those…
Public health experts across the country are trying to figure out how to get Americans who are resistant to getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus to take the shot.
GOP polling expert Frank Luntz recently conducted a focus group among vaccine resisters and found that they might reluctantly get the vaccine if institutions implemented a vaccine passport system.
To be clear, says Luntz, they would absolutely despise such a policy and would find it oppressive to their personal freedoms -- but could nonetheless comply if their hands were forced.
"Vaccine-hesitant Americans hate vaccine mandates," Luntz writes on Twitter. "But many would reluctantly abide by them and get the shot if their state required it to go watch live sports, concerts, eat at restaurants, or board a flight."
One participant in the focus group told Luntz that he "may end up having to take the vaccine, but it's not because anybody convinced me." Rather, he says, it's because one of his children is joining the Air Force, which is requiring parents of recruits to be vaccinated as a precondition of attending graduation.
"If I get vaccinated... that will be the only reason," he said.
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Sports reporter Jemele Hill ridiculed National Football League players who have been publicly complaining about getting vaccinated after the NFL rolled out new rules that could penalize teams who players refuse vaccines.
Under the new policy, a team could forfeit a game if a game is canceled because of a coronavirus outbreak among players.
During an appearance on MSNBC, Hill explained her thoughts on complaints by NFL players.
"This is a league where we have seen NFL players do whatever it takes to win, so it is interesting that this is the line in the sand they are drawing," Hill said.
"A lot of them take pain meds — they'll take pain-killing shots to go back into the game to play," she explained. "They'll play with broken bones and serious injuries, but for some reason with this vaccine, it is drawing the line."
She noted a since-deleted tweet by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who said he was considering retiring.
"You are playing in a game where you are risking brain trauma every time you are in a play, but this is where you draw the line? It seemed to me that there was ignorant outrage on behalf of NFL players," Hill concluded.
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A recent op-ed piece published by The Washington Post highlights the problem of Snowflake Syndrome among voters who cast ballots for former President Donald Trump. The author, Greg Sargent, notes that the current Republican agenda centers on the following: restricting voting rights, sowing doubt about the COVID-19 vaccine, and downplaying the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The problem is that there is no justification or substantial evidence to support any of their arguments regarding these initiatives. In fact, all are connected to false narratives and misinformation that has been, in some way, influenced by Trump. For example, the nationwide push for voting rights restrictions is supposedly an incentive to increase voters' confidence in the integrity of the United States' voting systems. But Sargent pushed back against that argument describing it as "bad-faith nonsense."
"Broadly speaking," Sargent wrote, "this "confidence" storyline is bad-faith nonsense: It's being widely abused to keep alive the myth of the stolen election and to justify an unprecedented wave of efforts to disenfranchise the opposition's voters. It is not designed to build confidence in our elections, but to further undermine it, for illicit purposes."
Sargent noted the problem with Texas lawmakers' efforts outlined in House Bill 241 as he discussed the argument presented by Texas state Rep. Steve Toth who co-authored the bill. Toth's proposed bill would focus on examining election results in 13 counties. However, 10 out of those 13 counties were won by President Joe Biden. The writer noted that Toth's only concern was about the blue counties, not election integrity, as a whole.
While Toth said he would support a statewide effort, he also argued the undertaking would be too expensive and time-consuming. Asked if he would consider including some smaller counties, Toth replied, "What's the point? I mean, all the small counties are red."
"Republican voters don't lack confidence in the system in counties they won; they lack it only in counties populated by a lot of Democratic voters," Sargent wrote, mocking this attitude. "So let's focus on auditing those!"
Toth's comments are revealing. They show Republicans aren't actually interested in election integrity — that's as important in red counties as it is in blue — but they just don't want to accept that Democrats can legitimately win elections.
In reference to all of the GOP-inspired antics, Sargent concluded by saying, "So enough with the bogus Snowflake Syndrome narratives already. It's a tired act — not to mention a transparently disingenuous and even dangerous one."
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