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'What about the liberty of the woman?' Chuck Todd grills anti-vax GOPer who wants to ban all abortions
NBC host Chuck Todd grilled Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) on Sunday because the senator believes in "liberty" when it comes to vaccine mandates but wants to ban all abortions for women.
During an interview on Meet the Press, Braun argued that the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to criminalize abortion.
"When do you believe abortion should be available?" Todd asked.
"So in my case, when you believe in the sanctity of life, you want abortions to be eliminated from the landscape if you can," Braun admitted.
"You don't believe there should be a baseline protection of a woman being able to get -- have access to abortion?" Todd asked again.
Braun dodged giving a direct answer but he said that the decision should be the "domain of the states."
Todd went on to ask Braun how he would enforce an abortion ban but the senator talked about states' rights instead.
"Would you criminalize it?" Todd wondered.
The Republican senator insisted that he is "perfectly comfortable with doing it."
"And this applies to many other issues as well," he added.
Todd then wanted to know how Braun could oppose vaccine mandates while also refusing to give women rights over their own bodies.
"What about the liberty of the women who doesn't want to carry a pregnancy to term?" Todd pressed. "Why should the government force that? You don't want the government to force people to get a vaccine. You're essentially advocating for the government to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term that she may not want."
Braun rejected the premise of the question.
"You might try to create that as an equivalent but I don't," he asserted. "Here, I'm saying on the abortion issue, take it back to the states where I think the Constitution intended it to be."
Watch the video below from NBC.
At the conclusion of an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on the rise of the omicron Covid variant, Dr. Anthony Fauci was given the opportunity to respond to Sen. Ron Johnson (R_WI) who earlier in the week claimed the doctor "overhyped" the Covid-19 crisis with Johnson also downplaying the deaths from AIDS decades ago.
Speaking with Fox's Brian Kilmeade, Johnson stated, "Fauci did the exact same thing with AIDS. He overhyped it. He created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population when it couldn’t. And he’s doing, he’s using the exact same playbook with COVID, ignoring therapy, pushing a vaccine.”
Speaking with the doctor, host Jake Tapper stated, "Obviously, that's a bizarre and false assertion. President George W. Bush gave you the Presidential Medal of Freedom because of your leadership in the AIDS crisis. I did want to give you an opportunity to respond."
A visibly irritated Fauci responded, "How do you respond to something as preposterous as that? Over-hyping AIDS? It killed over 750,000 Americans, 36 million people worldwide. How do you overhype that?"
"Over-hyping Covid?" he continued. "It killed 780,000 Americans and over 5 million people worldwide. I don't have any clue of what he is talking about."
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Chuck Todd blames Democrats for GOP anti-vaxxers: 'They've allowed the right to dictate the messaging'
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd declined to criticize Republican governors with anti-vaccination agendas while he blamed Democratic President Joe Biden and his administration for not pushing vaccine mandates hard enough.
"I feel like they've been pretty reluctant to go back and put this front and center until this week when I think the Omicron variant made it impossible for them not to do it this way," Todd said during a promotion for Meet the Press. "What are they going to do to push back on anti-vaccine mandate pushback. There they have done -- they have not defended their vaccine mandate. It's a soft mandate. They've allowed sort of the right to dictate the messaging on that."
"They're also telling us they want to have more tests available," he continued. "That's a promise that goes back two presidencies now. We've been promised more available testing, quicker, faster, at-home for over -- for now almost two years -- basically for the entire pandemic -- and we're still not there."
Despite Todd's complaint, PCR tests are widely available from CVS and other pharmacies.
Watch the video below from NBC.