Fox News' Tomi Lahren on Wednesday drew heavy criticism after she complained about efforts to get Americans vaccinated while falsely claiming that "lawlessness and thuggery" were more dangerous than COVID-19.
Writing on Twitter, Lahren implied that there was too much attention being paid to the novel coronavirus when the focus should really be on violent crime.
"Covid has a very high survival rate for most people," she wrote. "Know what doesn't? Lawlessness and thuggery in our streets. And we can solve that without forcing shots in arms and infringing on freedoms."
Lahren is simply wrong, however.
COVID-19 in 2020 was the third-leading cause of death in the United States, as the National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 345,323 Americans died from the virus last year.
In contrast, roughly 20,000 Americans were murdered in the last year, meaning Americans were 17 times more likely to die from COVID than from violent crime.
Lahren's rant about the pandemic drew an instant backlash -- check out some reactions below.
With takes like this, it is actually somewhat surprising she didn’t manage to gain significantly more influence tha… https://t.co/ojskvYqHUe— Asawin Suebsaeng (@Asawin Suebsaeng) 1626287206.0
You are dumber than a box of rocks. Actually, that is a huge insult to rocks. https://t.co/cVCIpTLh3I— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost (@Spiro Agnew’s Ghost) 1626286292.0
There was 462 murders in NYC last year. 30,000 people died of COVID in that same period in NYC. https://t.co/pERoPyqtVm— andrew kaczynski (@andrew kaczynski) 1626285953.0
@TomiLahren I hate wearing shoes and shirts into businesses. I like my boobs out on full display. That rule infring… https://t.co/aTWWsbfZFZ— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino) 1626286204.0
@TomiLahren it's wild to think that someone can tweet something this fucking stupid— Kellen (@Kellen) 1626286029.0
@TomiLahren Lawlessness and thuggery in our streets. https://t.co/T3AiQ30ufJ— Justin (@Justin) 1626287790.0
@TomiLahren I think we need to remind you about your hypocrisy 🤔. https://t.co/bqFbeWB1XB— karen david (@karen david) 1626287000.0