'Fox and Friends' Host Likens Unvaccinated New Yorkers to Americans Trapped in Afghanistan in Unhinged Rant
This month, the city of New York began mandating vaccinations for customers and employees of bars, restaurants, gyms, and other high-risk establishments in the wake of the pandemic that's killed over 600 thousand Americans.
The development happened as the Biden administration executed a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan—a withdrawal marred by chaos and tragedy as the fundamentalist Taliban regime swiftly retook the region, endangering Americans there and their Afghan allies.
The conservative Fox News network's on-air personalities have railed against both New York City's vaccination policies and the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, but it was Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade who claimed the two were comparable.
Brian Kilmeade compares unvaccinated New Yorkers who can't go to a bar to Americans forced to hide in place in Afgh… https://t.co/BF8OLi43W9— Lis Power (@Lis Power) 1629290357.0
"Guess what they're doing in this terribly run city," Kilmeade said. "They are deciding you can't go to plays, you can't go to movies, you can't go to bars, you can't go to restaurants, you can't go to gyms, you can't go to anything unless you have your vaccination card. ... What if you have the antibodies, and what if you can't get the vaccination? You have to shelter in place now, like an American in Afghanistan?"
Kilmeade's screed was just the latest hysterical strawmen regarding vaccine passports and outreach, which right-wing media personalities and elected officials have compared to Jim Crow and Nazi secret police.
The host's false equivalence didn't go unchecked.
https://t.co/315DtMwaPj https://t.co/OGnvSTRNxg— nikki mccann ramírez (@nikki mccann ramírez) 1629302552.0
Unvaccinated New Yorkers can always drink at home alone in a basement corner where they’re less deadly. . . https://t.co/gDNzMAXMuf— Paul Schmitt🌊 (@Paul Schmitt🌊) 1629295081.0
fox news is intellectual terrorism https://t.co/xFOqXOGibI— Gary Olsen (LosHuertos) (@Gary Olsen (LosHuertos)) 1629294962.0
Lord have mercy. https://t.co/QvnoePqOyE— Megan is Probably Watching a Superhero Movie (@Megan is Probably Watching a Superhero Movie) 1629294080.0
Some said Fox was actively pushing its viewers to endanger themselves and others.
Expose yourself to a deadly virus and commit federal crimes to own the libs, the Fox News message https://t.co/OIykozGMhp— Emily C. Singer (@Emily C. Singer) 1629293713.0
It’s good to see conservative media coalesce around the @GOP and their pro-COVID stance. https://t.co/Mlkz8T3BGK— The Keeper (@The Keeper) 1629301514.0
It’s clear that @kilmeade has no respect for the law, science, or his fellow humans. https://t.co/sZYRYmnHQr— Jan X (@Jan X) 1629304378.0
Meanwhile, Fox News has implemented its own form of vaccine passports for employees.