Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted Republican Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts about his stance on COVID vaccine mandates in schools and it did not go particularly well for Ricketts. Wallace pointed out on his Fox News Sunday show that kids in Nebraska need to be vaccinated for a number of diseases in order to attend public school, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and chicken pox. He followed up by asking, “why is it that they’re not so objectionable and such a violation of personal freedom but Biden’s vaccine mandates are?” The Nebraska governor followed up by making a feelings-based argument because he didn’t have a fact-based one. Ricketts said that “there’s still a lot of people out there who don’t know what to trust.” It’s precisely people like Ricketts and his right-wing allies who play into the fearmongering about COVID vaccines, even though hundreds of millions of people have gotten them and we know them to be highly safe and efficacious. These conservatives then whip their followers up into a frenzy and come out against mandates and basic restrictions to placate them. Watching Ricketts ramble his way through an explanation for why he’s against mandating the COVID vaccine is a clear case in point.
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