As Democrats and most of the mainstream media continue to hype the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19, President Joe Biden and the White House took a beating over the past several days for the doom-and-gloom messaging on the state of the virus.
According to Fox News, Biden, last week, told unvaccinated Americans that if they continued to refuse the vaccination, they’d undoubtedly face a “winter of severe illness and death” in what seemed to be an ill-fated attempt to shame or scare millions of unvaccinated Americans into changing their minds.
The messaging didn’t sit well with many, as Biden and the White House were widely criticized for their approach to the latest developments of the pandemic.
Poor choice of wording
As his polling numbers continue to tank, Biden didn’t do himself any favors with his “winter of death” message last week.
“I want to send a direct message to the American people: Due to the steps we’ve taken, omicron has not yet spread as fast as it would have otherwise done,” the president began.
He added: “But it’s here now, and it’s spreading, and it’s going to increase … We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated – for themselves, their families and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm.”
“But there’s good news: If you’re vaccinated, and you have your booster shot, you’re protected from severe illness and death,” Biden added, not forgetting to plug his push to jab every American adult and child with a COVID-19 vaccine.
Social media erupted shortly after the messaging, with many suggesting that vaccine shaming isn’t the right approach to getting more Americans vaccinated.
Message on repeat
If it wasn’t bad enough that Biden basically promised that unvaccinated Americans would end up in the hospital or dead, White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients provided an update the very next day and closely echoed the same message.
“We are intent on not letting omicron disrupt work and school for the vaccinated. You’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this,” he said.
Zients added: “For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”
That came just a few days before the president is expected to deliver yet another “winter of death” message on Tuesday in a national address, in which he’s also expected to outline the U.S. government’s new measures to combat a recent spike in COVID-19 case counts across the country, as USA Today noted.