Calm GOP Congressman Battles RAGING Cuomo on Right to Vax


Chris “Fredo” Cuomo was again from trip Monday and CNN’s Prime Time was each bit a clown present it all the time was. For a lot of this system, the emotionally chafed Cuomo shouted and screamed about individuals who selected to take the chance and never get vaccinated. And though Fredo claimed he didn’t need to “disgrace” folks, he railed in opposition to them for making a silly, dumb, and improper resolution. Fortunately, Florida Congressman Byron Donalds (R) was there to be the calm and affordable voice.

Apart from mendacity about not desirous to disgrace folks, Fredo additionally steered he didn’t hate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who did a much better job at holding his aged resident alive in comparison with Fredo’s brother, New Governor Andrew Cuomo (D). And Cuomo’s animosity in direction of Republicans was on full show as he took it out on Donalds, accusing him of being liable for getting Floridians sick and killed.

Do you’re feeling liable for spreading a message the place ‘I am not going to take it as a result of I do not care what Biden desires? Byron Donalds just isn’t going to take it as a result of he would not care what Biden desires.’ You suppose that may be a good message for folks to listen to,” he sneered.

What Cuomo was doing was deceptively taking a quote Donalds had given a reporter out of context to make it appear as if it was from an official assertion on not getting vaccinated, which kicked off this trade:

DONALDS: Nicely, the very first thing is my message was by no means about Joe Biden. The message is about me and my very own private well being. I am 42 years outdated. I’ve had COVID already.

CUOMO (shouting over him): “I’m not getting vaccinated as a result of I don’t need to—“

DONALDS: Maintain on Chris.

CUOMO: I need to learn your phrases.

DONALDS: Maintain on. I did not lower you off. Do not lower me off.

CUOMO: Byron, you aren’t getting to chop me off. It’s my present.

DONALDS: All proper.

CUOMO: Simply hear. “It has nothing to do with what Joe Biden desires.” “It has nothing to do with what Joe Biden desires.” Humorous. I by no means introduced him up after I was deciding whether or not to get vaccinated. Why did you?

DONALDS: A reporter requested me on a information present and I stated it has nothing to do with what he desires. I selected to not get vaccinated as a result of I selected to not vaccinated. I already had COVID-19 as soon as. I am 42 years outdated, I’m in excellent well being, and I really get checkups and do these issues. That’s a private resolution for myself.

Members of my household, my spouse and three children all had COVID. They are not getting vaccinated. They’re all wholesome. That could be a resolution they’ve chosen to make.

Donalds then proceeded to encourage folks to go get vaccinated. “If folks in america are involved about contracting and being hospitalized and dying, in fact, from COVID-19, please go get vaccinated,” he stated. “I’ll by no means let you know to not get vaccinated.”

 

 

Fredo’s response was to decry the Republican’s concept of freedom. “Freedom is not simply outlined because the daring and skill to be robust and improper. It’s about doing the proper factor, the very best factor,” he chided.

After a short forwards and backwards about what the liberty of alternative really meant, Fredo received disgustingly private as he ignored his visitor’s earlier urging for folks to get vaccinated and steered he was effective with others getting sick:

All people ought to know that about you, Byron Donalds. You aren’t telling folks to get vaccinated. You aren’t pushing it. You aren’t saying it’s the proper alternative. You are saying you are not doing and your loved ones just isn’t and leaving out of the equation which you can make different folks sick as if that does not matter. Okay?

“Chris, did you not simply hear my reply 30 seconds in the past? The place I stated if you wish to be shielded from these variants and the unique pressure go get vaccinated. I promote you to do this,” the Congressman pushed again. “I simply instructed you reside by yourself present that if you wish to get vaccinated, America, go do it.”

And with Fredo haunting him about whether or not or not he spoke to a physician about not getting vaccinated, Donalds laid out his expertise. “Now, to me personally, I did discuss to some medical doctors I learn about it and I instructed them I already had it and I’m 42. What do you suppose? They stated yeah you are effective. If that’s what you need to do go forward and do it,” he stated, noting that others additionally had entry to the vaccines.

“Go get the vaccine. I might by no means inform anyone to not get vaccinated. I do completely assist it if that’s what somebody chooses to do. I do not know why that is onerous. It’s that straightforward,” he added, a lot to Fredo’s chagrin as a result of it went in opposition to his narrative.

Fredo concluded the interview with some snide feedback hoping Donalds and his household didn’t get sick.

The transcript is under, click on “broaden” to learn:

CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time
July 26, 2021
9:21:37 p.m. Japanese

CHRIS CUOMO: All proper. We all know what’s occurring within the nation. We all know the delta variant is doing precisely what we have been afraid it was going to do particularly if we did not get vaccinated, which we have not in a means that’s defending us. Not sufficient. Not even shut. And one of many nice take a look at circumstances for that’s Florida. The way in which Florida goes, most of this nation might observe. Let’s usher in Republican Congressman Byron Donalds. Good to see you. How is your loved ones?

REP. BYRON DONALDS (R-FL): They’re doing nice. Good to see you.

CUOMO: Good. Issues down there with the variant. Is there a motive for it in your thoughts that’s totally different from the plain?

DONALDS: Nicely, look. What we have seen is the delta variant is a little bit bit extra contagious than the unique pressure however it’s important to bear in mind 85 p.c of our senior residents are absolutely vaccinated in Florida. It was a precedence of the governor, Governor DeSantis and of our state authorities to make it possible for senior residents had all of the entry essential to get vaccinated. That has occurred at an 85 p.c. It begins to drop off as you begin going into youthful ages. And I believe additionally it is essential to grasp, Chris, that once you have a look at totally different teams that aren’t getting vaccinated, black Individuals, Hispanic Individuals are getting vaccinated at decrease charges —

CUOMO: True.

DONALDS: — than white Individuals and Asian Individuals.

So, I believe you will need to perceive that you’ve an ethnic element, sadly, however you even have to grasp the age element which is a very powerful factor that senior residents in Florida by and huge have been vaccinated and have full entry to getting vaccines.

CUOMO: However, you recognize that’s not the top of the story. Look, I get why you say it. It’s actually essential from a lethality standpoint. No person is as weak to die because the aged, so good. However, you recognize that’s not the complete story. There’s a politicizing of this, sure, you are proper. Sure ethnic minorities do not. Why? You could have entry and also you even have generations of mistrust for various causes about what’s occurred with the federal government interaction of their lives earlier than, true or not true. However I am speaking about one thing else.

The rationale needs to be, a part of the rationale that you just’re seeing what you are seeing in Florida is as a result of the vaccine hesitancy and a side of vaccine hesitancy is politics particularly in your state. Do not Fauci Florida. Everyone knows what that was about.

Do you’re feeling liable for spreading a message the place “I am not going to take it as a result of I do not care what Biden desires. Byron Donalds just isn’t going to take it as a result of he would not care what Biden desires.” You suppose that may be a good message for folks to listen to?

DONALDS: Nicely, the very first thing is my message was by no means about Joe Biden. The message is about me and my very own private well being. I am 42 years outdated. I’ve had COVID already.

CUOMO (shouting over him): “I’m not getting vaccinated as a result of I don’t need to—“

DONALDS: Maintain on Chris.

CUOMO: I need to learn your phrases.

DONALDS: Maintain on. I did not lower you off. Do not lower me off.

CUOMO: Byron, you aren’t getting to chop me off. It’s my present.

DONALDS: All proper.

CUOMO: Simply hear. “It has nothing to do with what Joe Biden desires.” “It has nothing to do with what Joe Biden desires.” Humorous. I by no means introduced him up after I was deciding whether or not to get vaccinated. Why did you?

DONALDS: A reporter requested me on a information present and I stated it has nothing to do with what he desires. I selected to not get vaccinated as a result of I selected to not vaccinated. I already had COVID-19 as soon as. I am 42 years outdated, I’m in excellent well being, and I really get checkups and do these issues. That’s a private resolution for myself.

Members of my household, my spouse and three children all had COVID. They are not getting vaccinated. They’re all wholesome. That could be a resolution they’ve chosen to make.

CUOMO: You ask your physician?

DONALDS: Maintain on, right here’s the important thing factor it is advisable to perceive, if folks in america are involved about contracting and being hospitalized and dying, in fact, from COVID-19, please go get vaccinated. I’ll by no means let you know to not get vaccinated. What I am saying is I decided to not get vaccinated. And it would not matter if it is you or Joe Biden or anyone else that’s going to emphasize or need me to get it I am not doing it as a result of I made that call as a free individual.

CUOMO: Maintain on, Byron. That doesn’t make you a free individual. All proper? Freedom is not simply outlined because the daring and skill to be robust and improper. It’s about doing the proper factor, the very best factor. You say if individuals are anxious about getting sick or dying then they need to get vaccinated. What about if individuals are anxious about giving COVID-19 or a variant to others which you very properly may do. You could possibly be doing it proper now and never know. Would not that matter?

DONALDS: However you simply stated that individuals who have really gotten vaccinated and will have picked up the variant that the precise signs are very, very delicate if any exist in any respect. There’s a member of Congress simply got here again. He examined constructive and he really had been vaccinated earlier this 12 months. He’s again and he’s effective. Talked to him earlier at the moment.

CUOMO (Shouting over him): As a result of he was vaccinated, Byron. You simply made my level. That’s the level.

DONALDS: You make the improper level. You make the purpose that everyone has to get vaccinated with the intention to defend all people. What I’m saying is that if Individuals need to get vaccinated, in the event that they need to be shielded from COVID-19 whether or not the delta variant or the brand new lambda variant coming by our southern border as we converse; if you wish to get shielded from that go get the vaccine. I absolutely promote you doing that—

CUOMO (Shouting over him): However if you happen to don’t get it, different individuals are weak to you.

DONALDS: — however on the identical time if there are Individuals who do not need to get it they should not be pressured to take action.

CUOMO: However see, that’s the factor. It’s a false alternative. This is not about you will not pressure me.

DONALDS: It isn’t a false alternative.

CUOMO: It’s.

DONALDS: It’s the correct alternative, Chris. It isn’t false.

CUOMO: It’s not an correct alternative. No person is forcing anyone. You are attempting to push it to the place folks need to be pressured and also you’re seeing it as a place of power and benefit.

DONALDS: Oh, no. You’re the one pushing it not me. I am not attempting to push it.

CUOMO: Nicely, there’s no query that you just’re not pushing a vaccine. All people ought to know that about you, Byron Donalds. You aren’t telling folks to get vaccinated. You aren’t pushing it. You aren’t saying it’s the proper alternative. You are saying you are not doing and your loved ones just isn’t and leaving out of the equation which you can make different folks sick as if that does not matter. Okay?

DONALDS: Chris, did you not simply hear my reply 30 seconds in the past? The place I stated if you wish to be shielded from these variants and the unique pressure go get vaccinated. I promote you to do this.

CUOMO: What about different folks?

DONALDS: I simply instructed you reside by yourself present that if you wish to get vaccinated, America, go do it. But when there are Individuals like myself who select to not please don’t berate me for doing that. That could be a private alternative I’ve made for my very own well being care. I’m allowed and entitled to do this.

CUOMO: Right here’s the factor Byron, you might be completely proper you will have a proper to do it. Two totally different assertion. Okay? Do you will have the proper? After all. No person is debating besides you guys as a false alternative.

What I’m saying is, is it proper to do it? Have you ever spoken to a physician? You’re alleged to be a pacesetter. Have you ever talked to the CDC and the folks in Florida on the Division of Well being about whether or not or not they suppose you made a good selection? As a result of in case your reply is simply then “I do not care what they are saying. That is me. I am an American.” That’s being dumb as a proxy for being daring.

And I do not suppose it’s a good message as a result of bear in mind it isn’t simply you defending your self. It’s you defending me and different folks from you. That is why you get vaccinated not only for your self. Necessary distinction. Go forward.

DONALDS: Really the best way vaccines work are to guard your self. A vaccine principally provides you a particular cocoon the place you really restrict the worst dangerous results of the virus itself or might not get all of it collectively relying by yourself private physiology. So, that’s the means vaccines work.

Now, to me personally, I did discuss to some medical doctors I learn about it and I instructed them I already had it and I’m 42. What do you suppose? They stated yeah you are effective. If that’s what you need to do go forward and do it. They did not come and say no, no it’s important to do it due to all people else. As a result of if different folks need to be protected they’ve entry to vaccines.

Go get the vaccine. I might by no means inform anyone to not get vaccinated. I do completely assist it if that’s what somebody chooses to do. I do not know why that is onerous. It’s that straightforward.

CUOMO: Pay attention, I completely agree with you. It is vitally easy. I believe you make it onerous. Trigger you’re seeing some sort of righteousness and a option to do one thing that does not make a whole lot of sense. However once more, that’s your proper.

What I’m saying is one thing else. You’re improper about how vaccines work. You’re solely giving a part of the prophylaxis. Okay? The opposite half to why you’re taking the vaccine is it additionally reduces – not utterly, nothing is ideal and positively, this vaccine just isn’t – nevertheless it additionally reduces your means to speak the virus. And make different folks contaminated. That half issues, too.

Pay attention, brother. I inform you an identical factor each time I discuss to you. I want you properly and I respect you as a pacesetter. I hope you aren’t getting sick once more and I hope your loved ones doesn’t as properly. I might by no means need anything for you. God bless you, your spouse, and your children.

I’m simply saying the numbers are going up down in Florida for a motive. They’re going up down there for a motive and it isn’t simply due to the randomness of the variant in any other case you guys would not be getting hit worse. That’s all.

You’re all the time welcome right here. I do know I interrupt a little bit bit. I am passionate and I’m scared. I am anxious about this. However Congressman, I respect you approaching the present.

DONALDS: After all. Any time. Be secure.

CUOMO: Be properly. And be secure.



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