On CNN’s New Day this morning, David Frum defended his tweeted proposal to [emphasis added]:
“Let hospitals quietly triage emergency care to serve the unvaccinated last.”
Frum wasn’t merely proposing that the unvaccinated be given emergency care last only for Covid, but for ALL emergencies. Gunshots, car accidents, etc. — unvaccinated to the back of the line.
There was pure malice and vindictiveness in Frum’s suggestion that hospitals do this “quietly.” If Frum actually wanted there to be a public benefit, he would have proposed that hospitals prominently announce their intention. That might encourage some to get vaccinated. His proposal reveals a malicious desire to covertly punish the unvaccinated with an inordinate death rate.
Brianna Keilar repeatedly expressed understanding, if not necessarily agreement, for his proposal. But when she expressed sympathy for his desire to to “shake someone into the realization of what they can do for themselves and for others,” she conveniently ignored Frum’s proposal that hospitals deprioritize the unvaccinated “quietly.” So no one would be shaken. They would simply die in disproportionately greater numbers.
To her credit, Keilar did ask Frum to defend the morality of his proposal: “How is it moral to propose that?” Frum defended: “I wasn’t writing a management treatise on hospital emergency rooms. This was a tweet where I was trying to give voice to the [inaudible] frustration that people who have been doing the right thing feel toward people who are doing the wrong thing…”
Frum also accused politicians and media figures who express doubts over vaccine of sending their followers out on “suicide missions.” And he claimed that they also are intentionally trying to keep the pandemic going as long as possible to hurt Biden, and Democrats at large, politically.
Frum twice tried to weasel away from his proposal. He said, “I wasn’t writing a management treatise on hospital emergency rooms.” But when it came to triaging emergency patients, he actually made a very specific proposal. He later said he had merely “muttered” his proposal on Twitter. No, he screamed it from the top of the Twitter treetops to his 989,500 followers, and to the countless more who saw it elsewhere online and during his CNN appearance today.
Frum isn’t some harmless mutterer. He is actively wishing potential death upon millions of people.
Here’s the transcript.
7:44 am ET
BRIANNA KEILAR: We have new data analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation that finds that since June, there were 163,000 Covid deaths among unvaccinated adults, including more than 29,000 last month alone.
Our next guest had a provocative take on Twitter writing, “Let hospitals quietly triage emergency care to serve the unvaccinated last. I’m impressed by the immense self-pity of the anti-vaxxers who see themselves as bottomless victims, even as their own bad choices deny hospital care to so many others in desperate need.”
Joining me now to discuss his take is staff writer for the Atlantic and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, David Frum. All right, so admittedly, this is a controversial take. I’m sure a lot of people agree with you. But just make your case for why this should go this way. .
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DAVID FRUM: So, we have this terrible problem, and it is being incited and preserved by politicians and media personalities who, for agendas of their own, they want to slow the recovery from the pandemic, they want to hurt the president, they want to hurt the president’s party. And so they are encouraging—while being vaccinated themselves most of the time—by allowing no one who’s not vaccinated to come into contact with them, or traveling in private planes, so they are safe. But like generals huddled safe and warm back in the bunker, they are sending their troops out on suicide missions.
KEILAR: How is it moral to propose that?
FRUM: I wasn’t writing a management treatise on hospital emergency rooms. This was a tweet where I was trying to give voice to the [inaudible] frustration that people who have been doing the right thing feel toward people who are doing the wrong thing…But for the unvaccinated, we are told that the right approach is hand-holding, do you want a cookie. What can the rest of us do to make life easier for you? And maybe that’s the right approach psychologically. But every once in a while, if you’re in my business where you can say what’s true and sometimes on Twitter where it’s a little more informally, you can say, you know what, you guys are imposing a lot of costs on everybody else. You’re not in the right here. Quit feeling so damned sorry for yourself all the time.
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The pervasive attitude that one minority group in society who have the option, who could do the right thing, and who are refusing to, as you say, they’re being lied to. But they also have agency. They could make better choices. Those costs, no one can even mutter against them, I muttered a little.
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KEILAR: Look, I hear you, I hear that desire to kind of want to just shake someone into the realization of what they can do for themselves and for others. It’s extremely infuriating at times. And I think a lot of people are interested by your comments.
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