Following President Joe Biden’s authoritarian speech Thursday evening, the loyal subjects came out in force to praise their “Supreme Leader” and reinforce that, not only did he do the right thing, he should rule “with an iron fist.”
MSNBC’s resident confident stupid person Joy Reid had former strategist and current leftist shill Steve Schmidt on Thursday’s edition of “The Reid Out.”
Reid asked Schmidt whether he agreed that Biden “coming down strong on the side of vaccinated is actually good politics for [Biden] and bad politics for Republicans.”
Before we get to Schmidt’s response — which would make Mao smile — Reid revealed in her query that the vaccine mandate debate is more about politics and less about “saving lives.”
Now onto Schmidt’s “expert” take.
“I think it's important to understand that imposing mandates around vaccines and quarantines around diseases is as American as apple pie, and has gone on since the beginning of the country,” Schmidt said.
“As American as apple pie.” Huh, really?
Schmidt’s assertion that mandates have been going on “since the beginning of the country” is not true on two fronts.
One, the first vaccine requirement in the U.S. happened during the smallpox pandemic at a Massachusetts school in 1850, and by 1900, several states instituted the requirements for school children. I’m not sure if Schmidt owns a history book, but the U.S. declared its independence in 1776, 74 years before a single school first did it.
So, it had always been up to states and localities. Until now.
Two, while individual states have mandated vaccinations for different diseases, a vaccine mandate has NEVER been instituted on a federal level until the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs required “frontline health care workers to get inoculated” on July 26 of this year, according to History.
“On July 26, 2021 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would require its frontline health care workers to get inoculated, making it the first federal agency to mandate that employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus,” History reported. “Three days later, on July 29, 2021, President Biden announced all federal workers and contractors must be vaccinated, or else face weekly testing and other mandates.”
And even then, that was only for federal employees. Until now.
Back to Schmidt. He wasn’t done trumpeting the horn of authoritarianism, but he had to say something first that he would contradict himself with soon after.
“I am completely opposed to the government mandating that you must, in the private sector as a private citizen, take a vaccine,” Schmidt reasonably said. “But you don’t have a right to fly on American Airlines or Delta Airlines.”
That’s all well and good, and he’s right to a reasonable degree in what he just said. But just a minute later, Schmidt felt the need to speak on behalf of all vaccinated and show his true colors, contradicting his take that a private citizen shouldn’t be forced by the government to take a vaccine.
We live in an age of misinformation, and an age of insanity, and enough is enough is enough. Reality is reality, and it's time to end the BS. And so I think that he should approach this with an iron fist. And I think that the overwhelming majority of the country is going to be deeply appreciative of somebody standing up at long last and saying to the small minority of nuts in this country, 'enough.'
Holy bootlicker, Batman! Can you say, ‘Thank you, sir. May I have another?’
You want the leader of the supposedly “free” world to rule with an “iron fist?” Schmidt would’ve been better served, and could’ve saved himself a lot of hot air, by simply saying something to the effect of, ‘In this instance, communism is the way to go.’
For video of Reid and Schmidt's full exchange and comments, watch below:
H/T: The Post Millennial