Last night, from the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District:
Jason Smith @JasonSmithMO
The Biden administration wants to knock down your door KGB-style to force people to get vaccinated. We must oppose forced vaccination! 7:43 PM · Jul 17, 2021
Some of the responses:
Your aide told me on the phone on January 5th that you following the will of the people was “just my opinion”.
Most of the responses are about what a horrible dishonest thing to say to perpetuate a mentality literally killing my fellow Missourians right now.
But on a different note, the KGB never did door to door vaccinations back in the old USSR, not sure where Jason picked that up.
He picked it up right out of his butt
This is a dishonest tweet and is contributing to deaths
They got me walking out my front door on my way to work with one of those net launchers, held me down and gave me the shot. The whole thing was actually very humane.
This kind of rhetoric is not helpful as we seek to counter the rise in Delta COVID-19 cases in Missouri. Vaccinations save lives and must remain nonpartisan; please don’t politicize public health.
Can Republicans make a point without lying? Could you even try?
No. No. This has been another edition of short answers to simple questions.
This is so horrible and not true. I hate that you feel you need to propagate this type of message. Power, prestige whatever it is you are seeking is not worth this. I pray you find your way back to truth and common sense.
He can’t go back to a place he’s never been.
He’s a dumbass.
No, they want to send local community members door to door to speak with their neighbors about the vaccines that are available for free, why getting vaccinated is important, and dispel the misinformation you—a sitting congressman—is spewing into the wind. You should be ashamed.
You know, you could actually be a force for good in American lives if you talked about real things instead of made-up ones.
Is it worth it? Really?
How misleading…. From the guy who represents the district with THE MOST Covid cases at this time, one would think you’d have the decency to recommend vaccinations. But no…. You’d rather let the virus take a toll on your constituents.
And he’s vaccinated himself.
You’ve never answered what you did at the insurrection. We have a picture of you there.
OK. Even assuming that was true (which it absolutely is not) now tell me how many ICU beds are currently available in your district? And how many new cases of COVID in the last week? And of those how many are the Delta variant? What are you doing to oppose THAT?
We must oppose something that isn’t happening so I can win my primary even if it kills all my constituents!!!
If you have to lie to gain political points then you have no point
No they don’t. And you’re already vaccinated
Sir, honest question, is this kind of stuff worth a $174k a year job?
You know this isn’t true. So why say it?
You lie and are a disgrace. Period.
This is a lie. Missouri is a hotbed of illness that’s preventable with a simple vaccine. You are getting people killed you seditious weasel.
It must be wonderful to live in a state where I don’t have to wear a mask, get a vaccine, or really do any critical thinking. I also have the right to watch my neighbors and loved ones gasp their final breaths.
You are a liar, and you are putting your constituents’ lives at risk
This is patently untrue. Our health care workers need support – not blatant lies.
This is, of course, bullshit.
Covid levels hitting winter highs and more in your state, and you tweet this?
It’s kind of cute that you think the KGB does door-to-door vaccinations
“Make America Great Again” – in Russian.
After that we will force you to look at our fabric swatches and paint cards to choose new window treatments and tasteful color palettes for your walls and funiture.
And they’re really going to go high pressure on the extended warranty for your car.
Wait, is this a parody account?
Honestly that kinda sounds badass
That’s not remotely true, but you know that.
The Biden administration wants to take away your birthday cake and ponies! We must oppose pony theft!
And they’ll take your Bibles, too!
I heard the Biden administration is secretly working on an executive order to go door-to-door giving all registered Republicans forced government enemas, can you comment on this?
Last night, from Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r):
Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
I have directed our health department to let the federal government know that sending government employees or agents door-to-door to compel vaccination would NOT be an effective OR a welcome strategy in Missouri! 7:47 PM · Jul 7, 2021
Also, what an asshole.
Some of the responses:
Wait. I thought they were coming door to door to take our guns. You said!
Congrats, Governor. You have successfully shut down the Feds from forcing people to be vaccinated. Excuse me—when did the feds say they were going to do that?? Grow a pair & encourage people to get the vaccine. ERs are filling up again.
What exactly is your strategy?
REALLY? I guess being put on a ventilator is a welcomed strategy in MO?
Governor – this is such an irresponsible statement. You are stoking the fire of fear when our state is a hot spot. The same fear that is stopping our friends & families from getting the vaccine. Here I’ll fix it. “If you can’t travel you will be able to get vaccinated!”
If people just cared about each other we wouldn’t even be here in the first place. I demand @GovParsonMO televise his support for the vaccine to turn this tide and get us back to normal. This is embarrassing.
Yeah because when they open fire due to all the vaccine fear mongering, we can’t cooperate with federal authorities for violent gun crime.
Save me Jesus.
We see what you did there.
A waste of money is paying politicians with zero medical knowledge to handle a public health crisis like Covid. Last year more people died than were born in Missouri. If this keeps up, we will make that 2 yrs on a row. Think.
What strategies are you suggesting that the federal govt try since our state govt has failed to use any effective strategies to eliminate this virus? Seems like getting the vaccine is the best and easiest way to get out of this mess. Much easier to prevent Covid than treat it.
Please yell it loud enough for the poor communities/minorities in the back that don’t have easy access to vaccines and that have also been disproportionately affected by covid during the pandemic. Please tell them louder that you don’t care about them and their health.
Translation: “I have decided to lie like a lying liar about the intent of the federal government sending Health Care workers door-to-door to offer vaccinations & make getting a vaccination easier/safer in Missouri since we’re in an escalating death spiral of Covid infections”
Wow, hospitals in Springfield are begging for ventilators. We haven’t even seen the 4th of July surge yet. Missouri is a disaster and you’re the one that didn’t want mask mandates and thought it was a hoax.
You know, it would be really great if the governor of this state helped counter the crazy anti-vaccine mania that we see all over rural Missouri. That’d be great. Since you went without masks all the time you were saying to wear them, people are skeptical.
Sorry Gov, I guess not everyone is on board with your “let the poors die already” plan.
I don’t see how turning down federal assistance benefits Missourians especially when they’re trying to help people breathe.
they are NOT compelling anyone to do anything… they are offering another option and assisting those needing it. Words matter. please stop
It’s a good thing to inform people of the benefits of getting the vaccine. No one is forcing anyone to get it, if you could please just do your job and help people that would be great!
Let me score a cheap political point first, then as a side note say something about getting the vaccine and in an even more understated way, encourage people to get vaccinated in the sub-sub tweet so as not to offend my voting base who have been misinformed and brainwashed.
You misspoke Gov, you meant to say Offer… not Compel. For those who want the vaccine but can’t get to a location, this is a blessing.
But our fight against this virus is not over. Right now, as I speak to you, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. And because of that, their communities are at risk. Their friends are at risk. The people they care about are at risk. This is an even bigger concern because of the Delta variant.
In today’s briefing, we discussed how the Delta variant is already responsible for half of all cases in many parts of this country. It’s more easily transmissible, potentially more dangerous. And it should be — because of reconsideration and —
Look, let me put it another way: It seems to me that it should cause everybody to think twice. And it should cause reconsideration, especially in young people who may have thought that they didn’t have to be vaccinated, didn’t have to worry about it, didn’t have to do anything about it up to now.
But the good news is that our vaccinations are highly effective. Fully vaccinated Americans have a high degree of protection, including against this Delta variant.
Study after study after study has shown that, since early May, virtually every COVID-19 hospitalization and death in the United States has been among the unvaccinated.
So, if you’re vaccinated, you’re protected. But if you’re unvaccinated, you’re not, and you’re putting yourself and more importantly maybe, from your perspective, your family and your friends at risk.
So, please get vaccinated now. It works. It’s free. And it’s never been easier, and it’s never been more important. Do it now — for yourself and the people you care about; for your neighborhood; for your country. It sounds corny, but it’s a patriotic thing to do.
In today’s briefing, we discussed how our administration is going to devote the remainder of the summer to a special focus on five ways to make gains in getting those of you who are unvaccinated, vaccinated.
Because here’s the deal: We are continuing to wind down the mass vaccination sites that did so much in the spring to rapidly vaccinate those eager to get their first shot — and their second shot, for that matter, if they needed a second.
Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus.
Look, equity, equality — it remains at the heart of our responsibility of ensuring that communities that are the hardest hit by the virus have the information and the access to get vaccinated.
Nothing about “agents” or “compel” in there.
More of the Twitter responses to Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r):
The risk of getting the vax? Becoming a rational adult who grasps scientific facts!
“I am determined to keep our vaccination rate low!! I want my citizens to die!” [….]
Big surge in Springfield! Big big surge in the non-vaccinated population of Springfield Missouri! Will you let the federal government come in and help with that?
Imagine Branson is 45 minutes South and COVID can be spread to all of your incoming guests and they can receive a free case of Delta Variant Covid courtesy of the Show Me State. to take home with them when they depart. The gift that keeps on giving.
Can we get some of those cool mobile units though? It’s as American as an ice cream truck, but for saving lives! Pretty please.
They have to do something since the state government has failed to convey to people how important it is to be vaccinated! Too many people don’t seem to understand the science or the need for everyone to do the right thing & get vaccinated if you want this to end!
Mike Parson works for the virus.
No one is being “compelled.” This inflammatory rhetoric reinforces the paranoia about getting vaccinated. And that same federal govt. that you disparage is sending workers to help deal with the overwhelming # of Covid cases in Springfield. This is just tragic.
Some science and common sense would be a welcome strategy in Missouri. [….]
Yes, fear mongering and utter apathy towards the issue is working splendidly.
Wow! You are actively making it harder for folks to get vaccinated. What is your problem @GovParsonMO
Has anyone told you we are leading the nation in new cases of the Delta variant? And that 99% of recent deaths could have been prevented with the vaccine? Can you step aside and let someone smarter take over?
It will be a strategy something that is lacking here at MO.
What is your strategy? Waiting? What actions have you done since June to get ppl vaccinated (Twitter doesn’t count). [….]
Mr. Biden never said door to door workers would COMPEL the vaccine. There may be homebound people who need someone to come to them.
What news source are you listening to and why do you choose to continue to be manipulated by it?
You would think a self-proclaimed “Constitutional lawyer” would know.
Neal Katyal @neal_katyal
You know the first amendment like you know election law.
[….] 6:07 PM · Jan 7, 2021
Also, from Josh Hawley (r): “…We’ll see you in court.”
Chris Kelly @repckelly
Replying to @HawleyMO and @simonschuster
You say “See you in Court.” That will be a brand new experience for you. 6:21 PM · Jan 7, 2021
More responses to Josh Hawley:
Cry more, traitor.
This statement proves two things:
1. Josh Hawley doesn’t understand the First Amendment*.
2 Josh Hawley doesn’t understand capitalism**.
*It only applies to the govt, not corporations.
**Books by treasonous insurrectionists don’t make back their advance.
Josh Hawley, the guy who uses words like irregardless is mad about being dumped by a publisher
I’m personally committed to doing whatever I can to burn his career to the ground.
And a seditionist, and apparently a fascist.
They left out dumbass and asshole.
Of all the possible responses in your first Tweet after the deplorable actions of the seditious actions of the mob that breached our Capitol for the first time since 1814, this is your choice?
Out on the Internets:
“…Hey now he can self publish his book and save a bit on the cover art….”
Let this be known forever as a Sieg Hawley
The First Amendment protects against punishment by the state for speech, but you know that, ya fucking hack. Looks like your bullshit, destructive 2024 pandering is gonna haunt you in more ways than one, huh?
Gee, when I went to Yale Law School, the faculty taught us that the First Amendment protected private speech from GOVERNMENT restraint, not the editorial decisions of private parties. Were you asleep in Con Law or has YLS decided not to teach it anymore?
#Sedition has its price. I know you’re doing this to make a name for yourself, but I hope it’s worth selling your soul.
History will not be kind.
Hi Josh! Missouri constituent here. You were not representing me yesterday, but rather you were supporting a coup and perpetuating lies about election fraud
It’s not Orwellian for a private company to choose or not choose who they do business with.
By “cancel culture”, does he mean “being held accountable?” “Taking responsibility for the effects of his actions?” “Accepting the implications of the choices he made?”
This is terrible, Senator. Perhaps you can rename your book “My Struggle”.
That’s so very Fascist.
Constitutional lawyer doesn’t understand 1st Amendment. No wonder they canceled his book.
“I thought he was special. And I did my best to encourage people to support him both for attorney general and later the U.S. Senate — and it was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life.” – Former Missouri Sen. Danforth (your mentor)
For someone touting to be an expert on Constitutional law, you’ve failed to grasp that the 1st Amendment applies solely to the actions of government. S&S made a business decision – as a publishing house they get to decide who to publish. And you’ll lose in court.
Has zero to do with the first amendment. 1A is specific towards the government not restricting free speech. Companies can freely choose who to do business with.
Josh, just release it in excerpts on Stormfront. They are your people now.
Hey @BadLegalTakes you saw this?
Can @Yale remove someone’s law degree for a combination of sedition and completely phony First Amendment claims?
S&S is not compelled to publish writing, nor are they compelled to keep writers on their roster.
They’re not cancelling him. They’re acting on the terms of the contract they have with Hawley – including that they can refuse to publish and not keep him in the stable.
Are you sure it’s Orwellian?
Maybe it’s Kafkaesque.
Irregardless, you being an alleged senator and all, maybe you should learn with the First Amendment is and what it isn’t.
They cancelled your contract because the book wouldn’t sell out as fast as you sold out the country.
Raise your hand if you understand that a private publisher is not a government actor.