Likely in a bid to incentivize more Americans to get vaccinated, President Joe Biden’s administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in mid-May that those who were fully vaccinated no longer needed to wear face masks, indoors or outdoors, in most circumstances.
But the CDC abruptly changed course this week amid rising cases of COVID-19 — and now, it seems Biden has altered his strategy, too. Now, the president seems to be insulting the American people in hopes of convincing them to get their shots.
“Not nearly as smart as I thought”
The insults from President Biden — in which he unmistakably asserted that unvaccinated people are stupid — came at the end of a speech delivered at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
There, a reporter asked Biden if he planned on requiring all federal employees to get vaccinated.
To that, Biden replied: “That’s under consideration right now. But if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.”
REPORTER: “Will you require all federal employees to get vaccinated?”
BIDEN: “That’s under consideration right now, but if you’re not vaccinated you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.” pic.twitter.com/gfw7y8i3wq
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 27, 2021
The president, who campaigned on a message of “unity” and representing all Americans equally, despite any differences in beliefs or opinions, wasn’t through just yet, though.
Biden went on to accuse the unvaccinated of spreading “confusion” about mask requirements. And when pressed by a reporter on whether updates in the CDC’s own guidance on mask could “sow confusion,” the president doubled down.
“We have a pandemic because of the unvaccinated, and they’re sowing enormous confusion,” Biden said. “And the more we learn — the more we learn about this virus and the delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned.
“And only one thing we know for sure: If those other hundred million people got vaccinated, we’d be in a very different world,” Biden added.
“So, get vaccinated. If you haven’t, you’re not nearly as smart as I said you were,” the president declared.
Come November 2022, Biden and his party may learn the hard way that insulting Americans isn’t the best way to earn their support.