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Biden COVID Czar: Americans Should Be Ready to 'Sacrifice a Little Bit' More in Next Pandemic

Western Journal



President Joe Biden’s former coronavirus czar scolded Americans for not sacrificing enough during the past year to stem the pandemic.

Andy Slavitt, who resigned as a senior adviser to the White House pandemic response team last week, suggested that Americans were selfish and have only themselves to blame for the tragedies of the past year.

He made the snide comments Monday on “CBS This Morning” while shilling his new book “Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response.”

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The gist of the book is that blame for the severity of the pandemic falls on former President Donald Trump and the American people — not communist China, not grandma-killing Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, not the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and not flip-flopping Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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While Slavitt conceded that the pandemic would have ravaged the United States no matter what, he claimed Trump failed to respond quickly enough to its spread.

He also said Americans should look in the mirror when assigning blame for how bad the epidemic got.

“We denied the virus for too long under the Trump White House,” Slavitt said on “CBS This Morning.” “There was too much squashing of dissent and playing on divisions.”

In addition, he said, “we all need to look at one another and ask ourselves what do we need to do better next time. And in many respects, being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and to save more lives is going to be essential, and that’s something that I think we could have all done a little bit better on.”

Now that the pandemic is receding, the armchair quarterback opined that “preventing spread of the disease is really about a couple simple things: not breathing near one another in large spaces. That’s really, that’s really it, if you want to be overly simple about it. And that requires a certain amount of sacrifice and change.”

Slavitt then made a push for mass vaccination, claiming that COVID-19 variants will soon return.

“If the variants come back in the fall — as they will — the people who are unvaccinated really are going to need to pay serious attention to that and consider getting vaccinated,” he said.

For the record, Slavitt is not a physician, nor does he have any medical expertise. He’s a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs who served as the acting chief of Medicare and Medicaid during the Obama administration.

Now, he’s shilling a book about the pandemic following a five-month stint in the Biden administration that appears to have been little more than an opportunistic, taxpayer-funded research vehicle for the book.

Check out this interesting timeline of events:

  • In September 2020, Slavitt issued a news release to The Washington Post announcing that he was writing a book about the pandemic.
  • In January, he agreed to temporarily join Biden’s coronavirus response team.
  • On June 9, Slavitt resigned.
  • A week later, he was on national TV peddling a book and berating Americans for being selfish.

The Democratic operative got slammed on Twitter for his tone-deaf remarks.

Many commenters said Americans sacrificed too much during the past year, including submitting to unconstitutional lockdowns, mask mandates, business shutdowns and church and school closures.

Some people — including many children — were so distraught by the isolation of the extended lockdowns that they committed suicide.

“Americans sacrificed livelihoods, their ability to worship, their children’s education,” Republican Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah tweeted on Tuesday.

“Our sick were dying alone as grandparents welcomed newborn grandchildren through exterior windows. How out of touch someone must be to claim they didn’t ‘adequately sacrifice.'”

Another Twitter user said “Slavitt is effectively arguing if NY/CA/etc had only locked down harder, they could’ve done as well as FL, which wasn’t locked down.”

The Federalist’s political editor, John Davidson, blasted Slavitt’s arrogant remarks blaming Americans for not sacrificing enough during the past year.

He tweeted: “This is the message from America’s corporate and managerial class, which flourished during the pandemic and whose members happily worked from home while the working class suffered: ‘maybe you selfish poors should have suffered more.'”

It is typical for today’s left to blame Americans for all the problems in the world, including the spread of a deadly virus that appears to have come from a Chinese lab.

After voluntarily destroying a sizzling economy, wearing face diapers everywhere, submitting themselves to unconstitutional house arrest and shutting down thriving businesses, Americans are now targeted by Democrats who have the gall to chide them for not sacrificing enough.

This insanity perfectly encapsulates today’s anti-American left.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.


Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

Western Journal



Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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Olympic Cyclist Celebrates Victory as She Crosses the Finish Line, Then Learns a Gold Medal Isn't Coming

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Neither the gold medal winner nor the woman who celebrated when she thought she had won could quite believe the results of the women’s Olympic bicycle road race on Sunday. Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten put on a massive gold medal-worthy display of victory as she crossed the finish line. But there was one catch. Anna Keisenhofer of Austria had been so far ahead of the rest of the pack that two minutes before van Vleuten had celebrated her finish, Keisenhofer had already had won the race,  according to Cycling News. Van Vleuten waved her arms in triumph and embraced members of her team, only to learn the truth after someone knowing the facts poured cold water on the celebration. Olympics: Van Vleuten celebrates but mistakes silver for gold #Tokyo2020 — (@Cyclingnewsfeed) July 25, 2021 “I didn’t know. I was wrong. I didn’t know,” she said. “This is an example (of what happens) if you ride an important race like this without communication. All World Tour races have communication, and now it’s the three of us standing here and wondering who has actually won,” van Vleuten said, referring to teammates Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, according to CNN. In most races, cyclists are in radio communication with their teams, but that is not allowed in the Olympics. “I’m gutted about that, of course,” she said. Although the realization that she had not won a gold medal hurt, van Vleuten said winning a silver medal remained an achievement. “I’m really proud of the medal, because I did not have an Olympic medal. It’s also a silver medal with a shine on it, because I felt super good today,” said van Vleuten. “My goal was to be at my best-ever level here, and I think I nailed that. It’s…

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