The five host Greg Gutfeld on Tuesday advised not to downplay vaccines while praising Operation Warp Speed — something that could be a tall order for some TBEN News viewers.
What turned out to be a fleeting moment of clarity on the matter came during a roundtable of TBEN News hosts responding to President Joe Biden’s statement that the COVID pandemic is “over”.
Before Gutfeld stepped in, Dana Perino and Jesse Watters gave some possible reasons why some in the Biden administration were hesitant to embrace Biden’s announcement.
Those officials say, “He didn’t mean that because we need money for the colleges we care about, they’re worried about Medicaid money, they’re probably worried about student debt forgiveness because that’s what it was all about,” said perino.
Perino added that it reflected badly in the White House to have a pre-taped 60 minutes interview airs without bringing Biden’s comments to the attention of those in the administration dealing with COVID. Indeed, it has been reported that many senior health officials were made aware of the president’s comments on Twitter and via news reports.
Watters also claimed that “there is too much money to be made.”
“They have emergency powers that they must retain,” he said. Because a pandemic of such magnitude is essentially a once-in-a-century event, he continued, “Do you think the Democrats will wait another 100 years for this to happen? They have to face this wave!”
Gutfeld, who has suggested in the past that people shouldn’t get booster shots during a COVID surge and who has criticized his employer’s remote working policy, prefaced his response to the fallout from Biden’s comment with honest advice.
“We can’t go both ways. We can’t cheer for Operation Warp Speed and then laugh at the vaccines,” he said, referring to the administration’s vaccine initiative that began under the Trump administration and that the former president has often bragged about. “Vaccines cannot prevent COVID, but they certainly reduce its severity. That’s what it’s for.”
From there, however, the TBEN host claimed with no evidence that the disease was “more than likely” caused by humans.
“It drives me crazy to think we did that. And by ‘we’ we mean humanity, and by humanity I mean American and Chinese scientists,” he said. “To think we’re constantly being read by experts about climate change, about nutrition, about all these things that are harmful, and they went wild and created something that killed at least 7 million people worldwide.”
Gutfeld, similar to Watters, then predicted that those in power, many of whom have acquired their “first taste of authority,” will use it for other purposes.
“This is a model for climate activists and elites who saw how the world would obey restrictions on freedom and how that could be shifted to the climate plan,” he said. “They saw they could do this. They could do it again, but it won’t be about the pandemic. It will be, like, you will have to limit – you will have to stop for a while because it reduces carbon. “
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