The anti-Trump conservative group known as The Lincoln Project went after prominent Republicans like Fox News host Tucker Carlson for their fearmongering over vaccines this week. The group shared a video on Twitter produced by Don Winslow Films in which actor Jeff Daniels, who is narrating, calls on Americans to get vaccinated and “save lives.” Although certain prominent Republicans have recently opted to at least tepidly promote vaccinations, others — like Carlson — have still pushed deception about what’s going on. On an April episode of his primeime Fox show, Carlson said — with no meaningful evidence backing him up — that “maybe” the COVID-19 vaccine “doesn’t work, and they’re simply not telling you that.”
In the new video, Daniels compares the struggle against COVID-19 to the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. He commented as follows:
‘On 9/11, politics didn’t matter… We weren’t two parties. We were one country… We lost 2,977 Americans on 9/11. We have lost more than 600,000 Americans to COVID… It’s time to go to war against COVID as one country… Ignore the misinformation. Get vaccinated. Save lives, starting with your own.’
The video shows Carlson as an example of spreading misinformation. Watch below:
Ignore the misinformation. Get vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/8wECRc4K9p
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 2, 2021
Recently, even as the so-called delta variant of COVID-19 has spread around the United States and driven a stark increase in new cases — alongside increases of varying magnitudes in hospitalizations and deaths — Republican governors including Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have opted to go against basic public health precautions. Abbott signed an order blocking local officials in Texas from even imposing mask mandates, while DeSantis signed a similar order targeting schools specifically — even as Florida leads the country in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Is there anything that could get these governors to prioritize the literal lives of their constituents over scoring political points?