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'Put me in jail': Fierce COVID vaccine resistance for Republicans

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By Joshua MELVIN

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The right to be selfish, irresponsible and infect others.

19 ( +32 / -13 )

Must kinda suck to be paralyzed by a fear of science. It might end up costing them their lives.

19 ( +30 / -11 )

West Virginia is heavily Republican -- over 68 percent of its voters chose Donald Trump in November's election -- and it has long been one of the nation's poorest places.

West Virginia is an example of a state where populist plutocracy has taken hold. The plutocrat caste has convinced many at the poorest end of the economic spectrum that if they vote for the plutocrat's politicians (usually Republican) they'll get trickled down on. Continuing to believe the 1% care even the slightest about them is one of many reasons West Virginia, like many states farther south, remains one of the poorest places in the US.

13 ( +21 / -8 )

Given republicans are motivated by ignorance-driven fear mainly due to lack of education and gullibility, it’s no surprise they are afraid of science. A lot of people without much education fear things they don’t understand.

I’m willing to bet these people praise Trump’s Operation Warp Speed in the same breath as they denounce the resultant vaccines as untrustworthy. I am willing to further bet that these people don’t understand that denouncing the resultant vaccine is contradictory to praising Operation Warp Speed.

The worst part about this is the children of these people will be affected.

13 ( +22 / -9 )

Shock- another slanted news piece.

How is the article "slanted"?

We hear from four Republicans, all of them against being vaccinated either at this time or ever, even though one of them is a nurse handling Covid vaccinations. We hear their own voices, without any comment from the writer, telling us why they will not be getting the vaccinations. To balance those views, we hear from one "vaccination hesitancy expert" the reasons as to why people should get vaccinated. We also hear from Donald Trump, for whom those people voted, that "It's a great vaccine, it's a safe vaccine and it's something that works," and we're informed that unlike so many of his supporters, both Trump and his wife Melania have in fact been vaccinated. The article goes on to point out that Republican West Virginia has done a much better job than many richer Democratic States in getting the vaccines to the people. Also reported is the death toll in the US, 540,000+ and still going.

There is no discussion of the pandemic itself, no discussion of the effectiveness of the vaccines. No politics, apart from the bare reporting of statistics regarding voting, and the results of polls on whether people are willing to be vaccinated.

So - how is this a "slanted" news piece?

12 ( +19 / -7 )

They got their guns and Jesus and in the photo, homemade tattoos..... Fine, don't get the vaccine. If you get covid just die quietly at home hugging your guns and bibles. You won't be missed.

12 ( +17 / -5 )

I can only guess who is filling these people's minds with the idea that they would be put in jail or be held down in order for the vaccine to be forced on them.

According to a poll last week, 41 percent of Republicans nationally said they would not get the vaccine, compared to just 11 percent of Democrats.

I thought the number of Pubs would be higher.

10 ( +16 / -6 )

'Put me in jail‘

Okay. Talked me into it.

Been through WVA several times and it’s almost a meme of itself. If you ever wondered what a 3rd world country with a stable currency looks like, it’s WVA.

9 ( +16 / -7 )

Wolfpack: Kamala Harris said she would not get the Trump vaccine during the campaign.

Here's what Harris actually said: "If the public-health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I'll be the first in line to take it — absolutely. But if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I'm not taking it."

Obviously she is saying she will put her trust in science and not Donald Trump, whose only goal is to say whatever it takes to get reelected.

It's kind of weird you've been quoting this so often but obviously have no clue about the actual statements and the context behind them. How does something like that happen?

9 ( +11 / -2 )

According to a poll last week, 41 percent of Republicans nationally said they would not get the vaccine, compared to just 11 percent of Democrats.

This is what happens when you live inside the far-right hate machine media bubble - where you are fed a constant stream of lies, exaggerations, and loony conspiracy theories...all so they can fleece the flock with books, premium memberships and contributions...

You can bet Hannity, Carlson, Pirro, and Watters and their families all got their vaccines - all the while pushing misinformation to their viewers on its effectiveness...

First Trump and his minions scam his supporters out of their money, then they convince them to forego the vaccine.

And it ends the way all cults do...

8 ( +10 / -2 )

True. Kamala Harris said she would not get the Trump vaccine during the campaign.

A lot of Americans have reservations about injecting bleach!!!

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Right wing media like Fox through its multi-millionaire (and getting richer each day) entertainers like TuckerCarlson, Hannity, Ingraham etal along with other anti-democracy media outlets around the globe like those sponsored by the Kremlin continue to prey on the intellectually vulnerable, telling them that governments and their scientists cannot be trusted.

At the same time right wing media are telling their gullible and ever-fearful base government and science are bad they're pushing authoritarianism, claiming a single male political messiah along with his disciples can save them from government, science and the 'others'.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

Poor Republicans, Little they know that Trump his wife and his son got vaccinated but he is not gonna go out and say it out loud.

7 ( +16 / -9 )

What hope has the kid in the photo got, being brought up by a dumb and anti social dropkick? The bearded old dummy looks obese and very unhealthy, and at serious risk when he inevitably catches the virus.

Just get the shot, cry baby loser.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

What hope has the kid in the photo got, being brought up by a dumb and anti social dropkick? The bearded old dummy looks obese and very unhealthy, and at serious risk when he inevitably catches the virus.

You don’t think a kid with a father or grandfather that has homemade tattoos all over his left arm and rejects science has much hope? Most rational adults would agree.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

"If they try to make me get it, they're just going to (have to) put me in jail," the 58-year-old Engle told AFP from the porch of his home in Martinsburg, referring to health authorities. "I just don't trust them."

Thinking ability and the GOP seem to have parted ways.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Which states fared worst in these areas and, as a result, will have their governors impeached or recalled?

the top 10 counties for infections per capita, 7 of them are republican. Florida has just introduced new restrictions as cases skyrocket again

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Make it impossible to travel internationally, qualify for social security, go to theatres, sporting events, schools and day care etc without it. Give employers the right to suspend a worker until proof of vaccination is provided and so forth. We don't want to make them do anything against their precious and selfish free will but we also don't want them sharing the disease around like they just don't care.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

52% of the population.

11% of a hundred + 41% of a different hundred is 52 out of 200.

Thanks for the correction.

Yes, around 26% assuming equal population both sides

5 ( +5 / -0 )

A leper colony for the unvaccinated, sounds like a plan.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

52% of the population.

11% of a hundred + 41% of a different hundred is 52 out of 200.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

kurisupisu

Be vaccinated or not, the end result is that populations will begin to acquire natural immunity to the virus.

So the choices are: get herd immunity safely with the vaccine or have millions die by getting herd immunity by getting sick. Easy choice. Get vaccinated.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

That’s fair, but if they get sick refuse admission to hospital and let them learn the hard way how being selfish can be painful by locking them down on their home.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Free will. People have the right to choose. Also, It is wise to see what the different vaccines do and what side effects they have before you make a rash decision. 

LOL, "...I dont wanna make a rash decision... ". Just admit you are scared of the needle. Another cry baby like the bearded fat man!

4 ( +12 / -8 )

These people also have to right to suffer any ill effects of covid should they wish to do so. Just stay away from others.

gooducktoyou:

basically the WEF/Big Tech world agenda is to vaccinate everybody,

Big tech????!!!! I suppose there are microchips inside those syringes too. They'll get activated by 5G, people will start eating each other, and Hillary gets her pizza shop back. Sorry, but some people need more than a vaccine.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

 When will people here and the media stop stereotyping people?

because mulitple studies have shown that there is a much higher resistance to being vaccinated with Republicans compared to democrats

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Nobody will make him get one, but when his buddies, who got a vaccine and haven’t become zombies subject to Bill Gates’ wishes, stop inviting him to go squirrel hunting, he may man up and get one.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Tens of thousands of Trump supporters reacting against his decision to be secretly vaccinated. They feel he has betrayed them. Whole communities of Trump supporters refusing vaccination.

3 ( +11 / -8 )

Damn

3 ( +4 / -1 )

'Put me in jail'

The vast herd of hard-necked unbelievers should have no problem finding accommodation in jails, but America's cemeteries might have a problem with them all.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

The rightwing are very often motivated by fear. Throw a conspiracy theory or two into the mix and you’ll get hysterics.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

at least he/they believe in community values.

Infecting communities is a community value?

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Be vaccinated or not, the end result is that populations will begin to acquire natural immunity to the virus.

With the tiny difference that vaccination would reduce the number of people that need to die so the population becomes immune.

When people end up making everything political these kind of problems are unavoidable. It is not logical, nor smart, and a lot of people that would like to be vaccinated if they had the chance are going to get infected because of it.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

basically the WEF/Big Tech world agenda is to vaccinate everybody, choice or not. No vaccine = House arrest. No digital money system, linked to your vaccine certificate = house arrest.

Any other theories about this conspiracy?

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Time to think about sending all the no-vax Trump supporters all to Texas where they can mix and mingle with all their other like-minded geniuses without a mask or distancing... Texas can be our first SSS - Super Spreader State... Of course we'd need to move the wall from the southern border to the northern border of Texas. But hey, Trump supporters love walls so that won't be a problem.

Then later they can lie in an ICU room with no power or water...being cared for by illegal immigrant nurses...

Now that's freedom...

2 ( +5 / -3 )

What a surprise he is another of the gun nutters.

Big guns and small brains is what is left of the GOP!!!

Scientists had predicted that in the future society will be divided into the smart and the low intelligence ones.

Looks like its happening sooner than expected!!!

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Love the look on that little boy face, and i real hate to see him getting infected due to his dads choice.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

So this gentleman would take an injection of bleach or a round of hydroxychloroquine based on advice from a former reality TV host and failed businessman with 6 bankruptcies...

But doubts a vaccine made by a financially successful pharmaceutical company with years of experience and a history of effective products, tested and validated by world-class epidemiologists...

And Trump supporters follow the Neanderthals into history...

1 ( +5 / -4 )

According to a poll last week, 41 percent of Republicans nationally said they would not get the vaccine, compared to just 11 percent of Democrats.

Oh, so we can expect a greater proportion of autistic Democrats down the road...

Quack!

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His children should be taken into custody, they are living in an unsafe environment.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

According to a poll last week, 41 percent of Republicans nationally said they would not get the vaccine, compared to just 11 percent of Democrats.

52% of the population.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

They also believe that Bill Gates is the man behind the vaccines, and that they really contain microscopic chips that will lodge in you brain and control your thinking. There really is no pandemic. So I have read.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

That's ok , he more then likely will never travel out of the country to infect others so all good.

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Read there are a lot in the US military that refuse, well make it an order and punish them under Article 91 of the UCMJ if they continue to refuse. As for these republicans, do nothing. Make them the new "unclean" like in the bible forbidden to do do must things in public.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Discrimination at its very finest. My family and many friends voted Republican and have been vaccinated. I am sure there are people that voted for Biden too that didn't get vaccinated. When will people here and the media stop stereotyping people?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

According to a poll last week, 41 percent of Republicans nationally said they would not get the vaccine, compared to just 11 percent of Democrats.

Oh, so we can expect a greater proportion of autistic Democrats down the road...

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Let the people decide for themselves. I’m all for people to get vaccinated if they feel they need to and the people that don’t shouldn’t be forced and others don’t like it and the end of the day it’s still somewhat of a free world. People have the right to say no and again more reason why people are fleeing blue states. Freedom has now become a luxury item there.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

" But in towns across the United States, skeptics are numerous."

In Japan as well. And across the globe.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

Be vaccinated or not, the end result is that populations will begin to acquire natural immunity to the virus.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

Shock- another slanted news piece. Like with the COVID response in the U.S., backed not by science or data, only politics.

Who is responsible for Operation Warp Speed?

Which states fared best overall- battling COVID, keeping the economy strong, and facilitating child development?

Which states fared worst in these areas and, as a result, will have their governors impeached or recalled?

-7 ( +11 / -18 )

the beginning comments base their opinion on one photo. The family seem like they love each other and parents care about their children.

If presumed that 57 million adults are like this, we have to stop believing that all Americans drink Starbucks, workout in yoga gyms, go jogging everyday before work and drive late model Tesla’s.

even if he is misguided, at least he/they believe in community values.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

"If they try to make me get it, they're just going to (have to) put me in jail,"

This is a tough stance!

The question is, will the vaccine be mandotory or volunteer?

I mean will the people get forced to take it or will it be volunteer?

If it will be volunteer, many many people will refuse.

Will it be forced, Riots and Violence will occure.

So, both situations will be bad!

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

Plenty of people on the left are the same way...maybe more and you know it'

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Pure anti-trump propaganda. Most republicans are either old white privileged or rednecks is a stereotype. Most thinking people are apprehensive.

basically the WEF/Big Tech world agenda is to vaccinate everybody, choice or not. No vaccine = House arrest. No digital money system, linked to your vaccine certificate = house arrest.

Not a conspiracy theory as it is starting to happen already in Israel. EU is debating..,

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

When people end up making everything political these kind of problems are unavoidable. It is not logical, nor smart, and a lot of people that would like to be vaccinated if they had the chance are going to get infected because of it.

True. Kamala Harris said she would not get the Trump vaccine during the campaign. Then promptly got it before 99.9% of Americans when she was VP elect. Everything is politicized these days - even rudimentary things such as border protection - a problem now because Biden is releasing illegal immigrants into the country without testing - let alone immunizing them. He doesn't even want to stop illegal immigration - just delay it until he can make it easier for them - most likely without testing. People can do what they want with their own lives. I will get the shot when it's available to me - even though we will not know for years what if any side effects it might carry with it. I don't begrudge those people who are afraid of the government pushing shots - remember the Progressives' Tuskegee experiments? They let black citizens syphillis remain untreated in order to study the disease. The CDC and the Public Health Service was involved in that. People will make the best decision for themselves. I'm getting the shot.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Free will. People have the right to choose. Also, It is wise to see what the different vaccines do and what side effects they have before you make a rash decision. In America FDA approved the vaccines under an emergency clause and by law can not force people to take it even military folks. This is because the side effects are not fully understood and thus opens up the FDA, GOV and anyone forcing the issue up for monumental law suits and criminal negligence. I support people getting the vaccine and those that wish to wait. Remember tyranny always starts out in the best interest of the people.

-11 ( +5 / -16 )

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