Right-wing pundit and “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade is being dragged across the internet after suggesting that it’s perfectly OK if anti-vaxxers die of COVID-19 because that’s “their choice” and claiming that “it’s not the government job” to protect the public.
Kilmeade’s comments came during Monday’s edition of “Fox and Friends” as the co-hosts discussed the dangerous increase in COVID-19 cases among the unvaccinated.
Kilmeade told the audience that it’s “their choice” if they want to die. It has turned the country into what conservative Jennifer Rubin called “the two Americas,” where one is vaccinated and likely to survive and the other is risking their own lives by refusing to get the vaccine.
Tragically, the worst areas of the country according to the New York Times data, are Florida, Missouri, Louisiana and Arkansas. But cases of the virus are quickly rising in southern Alabama, southern Georgia and southern Mississippi.
Fox co-host Steve Doocy explained that “99% of people who are dying are unvaccinated.”
That’s when Kilmeade explained, “That’s their choice!”
“They don’t want to die,” said Doocy. “The administration and government says mask mandates are to protect the unvaccinated.”
“That’s not their job, it’s not their job to protect anybody!” said Kilmeade.
As expected his comments triggered an avalanche of responses on social media with many arguing that protecting the public is exactly what the United States is supposed to do, pointing as evidence the military, fire and police, and other health regulations.
Check the responses to the exchange below:
"Not their job"????? WTF! What about seat belt laws, traffic lights, laws of any kind. It IS the government's job to help protect our American citizens!
— RjChicago1Tex (@RjChicago1) July 19, 2021
But the last part is quite stupid. "It's not their job to keep us safe" WTF?
Cops, army, firefighters are all there to protect us. (And here we add the hospitals, doctors, ambulances etc…)
— Benyllustration! (@BenyYuleson) July 19, 2021
And what about MY right – as a fully vaccinated person – to not have to worry about COVID now? Every time a person gets infected the virus replicates and we are at risk of an even deadlier variant that vaccines don’t protect us from. WHAT ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE VACCINATED?!
— Linda Worden (@wallyboo99) July 19, 2021
By not getting vaccinated, they are helping to create deadly variants that the vaccines WE'VE received will no longer work against!! Why is that so hard to understand???
— 🌊Linda M. 🌊🐱🇪🇺 (@elsie1920) July 19, 2021
It's the governments job to look after the people within it's borders during a national pandemic. Kilmeade is perpetrating a huge disservice for his viewers. The United States government allocated subpar stimulus funding for people as well. Typical establishment media BS.
— Chris D'Agosta (@cpdagosta) July 19, 2021
It’s the “innocent” that they endanger: the healthcare workers, children, the immunocompromised …
And it’s them transmitting #COVID and allowing it to mutate.
Developing mutations that may be vaccine resistant.
Endangering those who HAVE been fully vaccinated. 😞
— NoKoolAid (@NoKoolAidNow) July 19, 2021
Wrong answer. Every time this virus moves from person to person it changes the variant. So far vaccines are (holding up}, but if it changes enough . The vaccines can become obsolete
— Skonion (@MVRaiderFan) July 19, 2021
Wow,life always has a way of surprising us. Maybe he'll get through to their ride or die audience.
(No pun intended)🙏💙
— Nicole Buggs (@NicoleBuggs3) July 19, 2021
Except for the fact that the unvaccinated allow for hosts for the vaccine that allow it to continue to mutate making it dangerous for the rest of us.
— Lisa Andrzejczyk (@Ligaleagle) July 19, 2021
Problem is it's a virus. It spreads. Others are harmed. His cliff diving analog is a poor one. It's comparing apples to bowling balls.
— Don Lewis (@DonLew87) July 19, 2021