'Spineless wonder' Lindsey Graham blasted for crediting Trump for vaccines as COVID-19 spikes in conservative counties
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) applauded former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for encouraging fellow conservatives to get the "Trump vaccine" -- and he got pelted with scorn and fury.
The South Carolina Republican credited former president Donald Trump for the rapidly developed coronavirus vaccine, which large numbers of conservatives have avoided as the delta variant explodes in GOP-leaning counties, and social media users fact-checked his claims.
@LindseyGrahamSC @SarahHuckabee Good to encourage vax. But why credit 45? By the time he started Warp Speed late Ma… https://t.co/UBDsrwRNls— Freedom Lover (@Freedom Lover) 1627311518.0
@LindseyGrahamSC @SarahHuckabee I hope your voters listen but I’m afraid it’s too late since so many don’t believe… https://t.co/3463sFFYOw— Matt (@Matt) 1627311491.0
@mithrasangel @LindseyGrahamSC @SarahHuckabee Any president would have fast tracked and funded a vaccine, so he did… https://t.co/AlYftwWi1m— That Vaccinated Karen (@That Vaccinated Karen) 1627311493.0
@LindseyGrahamSC @SarahHuckabee Way too little. Way too late. https://t.co/Z9XiTILq0a— I'm just a soul whose intentions are good (@I'm just a soul whose intentions are good) 1627311409.0
@LindseyGrahamSC @SarahHuckabee Pfizer didn’t participate in OWS, but hey, why let facts start getting in the way now? 🤷♂️— Sean OFarrell (@Sean OFarrell) 1627311805.0
@LindseyGrahamSC @SarahHuckabee Can you please ask him to ask his supporters to get the shot? We really need him to help out here.— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1627311464.0
@LindseyGrahamSC @SarahHuckabee So You all found out the Covid is killing the maga crowd huh? Seems that's the onl… https://t.co/XX4ovI9dQX— Deb (@Deb) 1627312749.0
@LindseyGrahamSC @SarahHuckabee Why the sudden change of heart? Did you suddenly realize that even cheating won't l… https://t.co/MYGfjJRLu6— DiscordiaIII (@DiscordiaIII) 1627311378.0
New York City will require all municipal workers to get vaccinated against coronavirus or take a weekly test, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday as the Delta variant fuels an uptick in cases in the metropolis.
The order will go into effect from September 13 and will apply to more than 300,000 city personnel, including police officers, fire fighters and teachers.
"This is about our recovery. This is about keeping people safe," de Blasio told a press conference.
The move comes after the mayor announced last week that the city's 30,000 public hospital workers would need to get vaccinated or face weekly testing from August 2.
The measure announced Monday is the most stringent measure taken so far in the US megacity to boost vaccination rates following a campaign based on voluntary participation and incentives.
In New York, 59 percent of the adult population has received at least one dose of a vaccine against Covid-19 but the speed of injections has slowed.
Controversy is building in the United States over what steps should be taken to increase vaccination rates against the Delta variant, which accounts for more than 89 percent of US infections, according to estimates.
Many health officials are pushing to make vaccination mandatory, at least for certain segments of the population.
But several Republican-led states have instead passed laws banning coercive measures, particularly in schools.
The September 13 date will coincide with the return of one million students to New York's public schools for the new academic year.
An accused Capitol insurrectionist appeared in a shooting contest after a federal judge restricted his handling of firearms as part of his pre-trial release.
Matthew Loganbill, a firearms dealer from Missouri, also quickly divested from his gun shop, transferring ownership to a family member, after the judge suggested that the business is an asset that could be used by the government "to get its money back," the Kansas City Star reports.
During a court appearance on Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal Chawla told U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey that prosecutors recently learned Loganbill had competed in a shooting competition at his firing range on July 10. Chawla said competing in the contest appears "inconsistent" with the terms of his pre-trial release in April.
Loganbill was restricted from handling firearms, except when moving them between his businesses, a gun shop and a firing range in Lake of the Ozarks. But on Friday, Loganbill claimed he misunderstood the restriction on his pre-trial release, and said he needs to be able to handle firearms to train people. He also complained that "the government's taken away my ability to earn a living." Ultimately, the judge decided to allow Loganbill to handle firearms at his firing range, but nowhere else, and warned him that if he's formally indicted, he will not be able to handle firearms at all.
Loganbill is being represented by a public defender because he says he can't afford a private attorney, since the government seized a computer with his financial records. But after the judge recently suggested that his businesses are an asset that could be used to recoup the costs of the public defender, Loganbill quickly divested from the businesses.
"I am obviously concerned that he disposed of the asset after he was arrested," Chawla said, adding that the government may want to follow up on the issue.
Loganbill was arrested in January after two people tipped off the FBI about his social media posts indicating he participated in the insurrection. The tipsters described Loganbill as "a hothead who is angry because COVID-19 restrictions had impacted his business," and said he "was extremely immersed in the paramilitary lifestyle, viewed himself as a patriot, and likely felt his actions at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, were justified."
Loganbill told FBI agents he was unaware that the Capitol was a restricted area, and only brought a gas mask and helmet because he feared "antifa would infiltrate" the protest.
"Loganbill also stated he briefly spoke with one of the officers at the U.S. Capitol and told the officer 'we came peacefully this time,' but that 'it would be different if we have to come again, or words to that effect," according to an affidavit.
Loganbill faces charges of obstructing a congressional proceeding, unlawfully entering a federal building and disorderly conduct.
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