Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says Tillis, Berger and Moore should be “voted out of office” (video)

Lt. Gov. Robinson speaking at an event earlier this year.

The highest-ranking Republican in North Carolina state government is irresponsibly endangering human lives and needs to stop. That’s the only conclusion one can draw from a speech (see the video below) that Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson recently delivered in which he said that any politician who encourages people to get a COVID-19 vaccine should “be voted out of office.”

Robinson, a political novice who has made outrageous and offensive comments his stock-in-trade since arising from obscurity in a fluky GOP primary last spring and riding Donald Trump’s coattails to victory in November, appears to have made the comment, which has been shared widely on social media, in a recent speech to a conservative group (presumably the Wake County Taxpayers Association) at NC State’s McKimmon Center.

In a remarkably uninformed rant, Robinson said it’s not the job of elected leaders to try and convince people to become vaccinated – only to make the vaccine available. He then offered a rambling diatribe in which he falsely challenged the efficacy of the vaccines and told of unnamed health professionals he knows who are declining to become vaccinated.

Of course, one of the great ironies here is the fact that most responsible Republican leaders in the state – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and state House Speaker Tim Moore to name three – have responsibly promoted vaccination as the lifesaving tool it is. As Tillis noted in a recent public statement, vaccination is “safe and effective, and our best tool at beating this virus.”

One can only hope that the Lt. Governor’s preposterous statement that they should be voted out of office for promoting vaccination will, finally and once and for all, convince all three men to loudly and publicly repudiate Robinson’s false claims and outrageous behavior.

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Thinking of getting vaccinated this month? North Carolina just sweetened the deal with $100.

Photo: Clayton Henkel

Starting today, anyone 18 and older in North Carolina who is getting their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating location will receive  $100.

In addition to the prepaid Mastercard for those rolling-up their sleeve, those who drive someone to their first dose appointment can earn a $25 card.

Last week President Joe Biden encouraged states and local governments to offer the cash incentives.

“The Delta variant is highly contagious, and the vast majority of severe cases are among those who are not vaccinated. We are using every tool in the toolbox to get more people to get their shots— don’t wait until it’s too late,” said Governor Roy Cooper in a press release issued Tuesday.

Health officials are hoping the latest incentive will boost vaccination rates that have slowed noticeably since June.

More than 61% of North Carolina adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In recent weeks however the Delta variant has caused COVID hospitalizations to surge, predominantly among the unvaccinated.

On Tuesday, North Carolina recorded 2,188 new cases of COVID-19 with 1,465 people hospitalized statewide with the virus.

“Vaccination is how we end this pandemic and put our masks away,” said Gov. Cooper.

Find a participating location for the Summer Cash Card here.

COVID vaccinations in North Carolina have been declining since mid-April. (Source: NCDHHS)

Tillis repudiates naysayers, urges all North Carolinians to get vaccinated

Thom Tillis

North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis has made his share of unhelpful comments over the past 18 or so months when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, but yesterday to his credit, the senator — who himself contracted the virus last year and has announced recently that he was dealing with prostate cancer — issued a fine and important statement that one hopes conservative vaccine skeptics around the state will heed.

We’re happy to republish it here in its entirety.

Friends,

As you know, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more contagious than earlier strains, and it’s important to make sure we all take care of ourselves and others.

While the new CDC mask guidance has caused some unnecessary confusion about the effectiveness of the vaccine, the reality is that vaccines have proven to be highly successful in protecting Americans from COVID-19, including the Delta variant. The scientific data has shown that 94% of North Carolina cases and 97% of all U.S. hospitalizations are occurring among the unvaccinated population.

The more than 164 million fully vaccinated Americans are at very low risk of a breakthrough infection and are at incredibly low risk of serious complications. For fully vaccinated Americans, less than 0.004% have been hospitalized and less than 0.001% have died from a breakthrough case.

If you have any questions or concerns, please talk with your doctor about the vaccine, if you have not already. It is safe and effective, and our best tool at beating this virus.

To find your nearest vaccine provider, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ vaccine location portal.

Thank you for reading, and as always, please reach out to my office if you have any questions or need help with a federal agency. God bless.

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