President Joe Biden mocked people who want medical freedom by implying that they are killers during the CNN presidential town hall on Thursday.
Biden’s remarks came after town hall host Anderson Cooper asked him about first responders who are being fired for refusing to get vaccinated against their will.
Cooper asked Biden if he thought the workers should be encouraged to stay home or fired.
Biden just said first responders should be FIRED for refusing the vaccine. Wow.
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Biden answered affirmatively to both.
“So the idea is that – look, two things that concern me, one are those who just try to make this a political issue. Freedom. I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID. No, come on. Freedom,” Biden said, imitating someone who opposes vaccine mandates.
Biden also addressed the death of Colin Powell, who was fully vaccinated, but died from COVID related complications earlier this week.
“Number one. Number two, the second one is that, you know, the gross misinformation that’s out there,” Biden continued. “Like what they’re saying about my buddy Colin Powell, he was my friend, passed away. Colin Powell was vaccinated and he still died. Well, he knew he had serious underlying conditions and it would be difficult – he clearly would have been gone earlier had he not gotten the vaccine, had he not gotten the shots. But my generic point is there’s so much misinformation.”
Biden was fact-checked by the Associated Press over claims he made about his record with the COVID vaccine during the town hall.
“When I first was elected, there were only 2 million people who had COVID shots in the United States of America — and the vaccine. Now we got 190 million, because I went out and bought everything I could do and buy in sight and it worked,” the president claimed.
The Associated Press reported that this was incorrect as “nearly 16 million doses had been administered by Jan. 20, the day Biden took office. And Biden didn’t buy up all the doses — the Trump administration had purchased 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna in December, weeks before Biden was inaugurated.”