Rantz: Gov. Inslee stoops to new low, says COVID unvaccinated are domestic terrorists

Dec 9, 2021, 6:00 PM | Updated: Dec 10, 2021, 10:22 am
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Gov. Inslee speaks during a press conference. (TVW)

Governor Jay Inslee says unvaccinated Washingtonians are domestic terrorists. It’s a ridiculous insult that shows just how simple-minded our governor is when facing anyone who doesn’t bend to his will.

Are you an unvaccinated Christian, Muslim, or Jew, resistant to get the COVID vaccine? Inslee says you’re carrying “a time bomb” in your backpack. Does your doctor warn against this vaccine because of your private medical history that Inslee doesn’t understand? You’re a terrorist. No matter the context, Inslee thinks you’re as dangerous as a criminal and he has no regrets.

It’s the latest divisive comment from the power-hungry governor who hates being disobeyed.

Inslee labels the unvaccinated as terrorists

Gov. Inslee’s comment was made at a press conference last week. He made no caveats, nor did he approach the issue with a sense of nuance. Inslee doesn’t do nuance. He doesn’t understand the term; he can’t even spell it.

“Thirty-four percent of Washingtonians are walking around with a time bomb in their backpack because they’re not vaccinated,” he claimed.

It’s a ridiculous statement on many levels.

For starters, a time bomb suggests the unvaccinated are choosing to get COVID but waiting until a specific moment before exploding their virus-infected spittle on an unsuspecting public. That seems especially nefarious, but I guess Inslee believes the unvaccinated are choosing to contract and then spread COVID.

But more worrisome is that this indescribably asinine insult won’t get people vaccinated.

What’s the point of the insult?

Inslee’s own administration acknowledges there are people who can’t medically receive a vaccine. There are also Washingtonians with deeply held religious convictions.

So if you’re immunocompromised to the point where your doctor says you shouldn’t get the vaccine, Inslee believes you should be scorned?

If you’re a devout Muslim — a religious group that is more hesitant on the vaccine than the general population — and you don’t want to get the vaccine, you’re a bomb-wielding terrorist? Didn’t Congresswoman Lauren Boebert get in trouble for comments like that?

Inslee is a Democrat and he gets a pass. But does he actually think this language will make people less resistant?

Inslee’s comment was unscripted

His office confirms to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH that his comment was unscripted. When asked — twice — if he regrets the uninformed comment, his office didn’t respond.

This kind of childish behavior is nothing new for our governor. He throws fits when he’s challenged. He wants to make decisions for you. You don’t dare disagree — he knows what’s best for you.

But this terrorist comparison wasn’t even the most concerning comment he made during the press conference.

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Herr Inslee ist von Deutschen inspiriert

Apparently, Inslee is inspired by the German response to COVID. He said he heard “someone” make a comment that struck a chord with him.

“You’re either going to have had COVID, you’re going to have a vaccination, or you’re going to be dead,” he said.

I mean, yes, those are three options, though it pretends that vaccines prevent you from getting COVID. The last one is inevitable for all human life, though not a common side effect of COVID.

The vast majority of people who get COVID don’t die, nor even go to a hospital. The death rate for COVID is under 1%. You actually have a higher chance of catching COVID while vaccinated than you do of dying from it. But terrified (or bad faith) politicians — like Inslee — pretend the 1% death rate is the survival rate.

But that comment Inslee said he heard somewhere actually came from Jens Spahn, the federal minister of Germany for Health. My KTTH colleague Bryan Suits pointed it out this week, having seen BBC coverage of the hyperbolic (and misleading) statement.

Inslee is no leader

Should we look to Germany for inspiration on COVID?

That country instituted a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated (aka, those people Inslee calls domestic terrorists). People who are not vaccinated against COVID in Germany are only allowed into essential businesses, like grocery stores.

And German leaders are readying mandatory vaccinations in the coming months.

It’s curious where Inslee turns for inspiration. But it’s not shocking.

Governor Inslee isn’t very articulate or reasonable. He’s neither especially intelligent nor inspirational. The list goes on and on.

On COVID, he’s been a train wreck, leaning into disturbing rhetoric meant to shame, bully, and scare you into submission. That’s not what leaders do. But Jay Inslee is no leader.

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Rantz: Gov. Inslee stoops to new low, says COVID unvaccinated are domestic terrorists