COVID-19 was never intended to be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, the pandemic struck while Donald Trump was still in office. And fearing that the consequences could affect his chances of re-election, Trump decided to politicize the issue.
Cable networks like Fox, Newsmax, and OAN joined the former president to help fuel COVID disinformation. In addition, politicians like Rand Paul, Marjorie Ron Johnson and Madison Crawthorn have made their voters less likely to be vaccinated.
When asked about the Republicans' vaccination hesitation on Thursday, Mitch McConnell was surprised. He told reporters, "I am amazed at the reluctance of some to get vaccinated, completely at a loss. "
It's not hard to see why Republicans might be confused about vaccination, however. Rand Paul, the other Senator from McConnell's home state of Kentucky, was a major pioneer of COVID disinformation. Paul, who contracted COVID at the beginning of the pandemic, has said he will not be vaccinated.
This wasn't the only news the Senate minority leader made on Thursday. He also talked about reviewing Joe Biden in 2022. McConnell told reporters: “I want you to know that when I become majority leader again, it will not be to stop everything. It is to stop the worst. It is there to stop things that are fundamentally driving the country in a direction that at least my party does not think is a good idea for the country. And I could make sure Biden keeps his promise … to be moderate. "
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.