As COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant and vaccine denialism, lesbian Fox News host Tammy Bruce used her platform to say that, if she could, she would give back the life-saving vaccine she received, citing distrust in the vaccines and the Centers for Disease Control.
“We’ve got an order that is frankly going to compel some people to not get the vaccine because of this kind of distrust that continues,” Bruce told her Fox News Primetime audience. “In certain ways, it’s like, ‘If I could give it back!’ at this point, you know?”
Bruce was joined by Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth for the segment, where the two discussed the new CDC guidance released yesterday that advises people, including those who are vaccinated, to begin wearing masks indoors again if they live in a part of the country with “substantial or high transmission” of COVID-19.
This measure was put in place to help relieve pressure on hospitals and health care workers in areas most impacted by the latest surge. It is also a temporary measure, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky explained, until more people can get vaccinated.
The issue is that the rate of people receiving the vaccine is slowing, due in part to political views and misinformation about the safety of the vaccine, both of which Bruce failed to point out that her network is party to. As a result, Fox viewers are less likely to get the vaccine than those who do not get their news from the network.
Hegseth agreed with Bruce’s take, saying “You can’t keep up with the so-called science.” He also voiced his frustration, not with the surging cases, but with the need to wear masks again. “My wife and I were sitting on the porch just 30 minutes ago talking about the reality that our kids could be walking back to school next year wearing masks! Our decision is that we’re not going to tolerate that,” he said.
Bruce’s comments regarding the distrust of the CDC are particularly frustrating, as it's news segments like this that continue to foment that suspicion, something the vaccinated Bruce —who is protected against hospitalization and death —failed to mention in her report.
Watch the video below.