You know the world is topsy turvy when CNN’s Don Lemon makes sense twice in a four-week period. Only 21 days ago, the media activist actually had an uncharacteristically rational conversation on the tragic shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant. Last night, he had another sensible take, this time on the issue of vaccinations and how American society should start returning to normal life. (See: People Are Legit Shook After Powerfully Responsible Lemon/Cuomo Segment on Columbus Police Shooting)
On Monday night, during the handoff segment with fellow media activist Chris Cuomo, Lemon urged left-leaning individuals who have been vaccinated to stop being afraid to interact with people without wearing masks. He called on them to put as much faith in “the science and the scientists now, on this side of the pandemic,” as they did when the outbreak first began. He stated he does not believe he should have to wear a mask around people who have been fully vaccinated.
“I’m kind of jealous you’ve got to spend [Mother’s Day] with your mom,” Lemon told Cuomo, “Because I would love to spend it with my mom. But my mom won’t leave [her home].”
He added: “She is fully vaccinated, Chris.”
The anchor continued, addressing his audience:
We are saying to you, if you are fully vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside. If you want to travel, you can. Wear a mask, follow the protocols. But it is 99.99 [or] whatever percent chance that you won’t get the COVID — you won’t get COVID. You should trust in that science, as well. … If you are going to say, I believe in the science and the scientists, then now on this side of the pandemic, then you must believe in the science and scientists, as well.
Lemon concluded: “I want to live my life. I want to see my loved ones. So, can we get back to some semblance of normalcy?”
Many left-leaning Americans have remained afraid of moving back to “some semblance of normalcy” even after being vaccinated. The activist media plays a significant role in making these individuals afraid to leave their homes or visit family. The Daily Wire noted:
In March, Medium published an article titled, “The Side of Me That Doesn’t Want the Pandemic to End.” Later in the month, Yahoo News republished an op-ed stating, “There Are Some Aspects Of The Pandemic I Don’t Want To End.” BuzzFeed proclaimed that a return to normal life “for many people” isn’t “a good thing.”
CNBC reported that many living in places like New York are hesitant to return to normal because of “anxiety that comes with the idea of reacclimating into society” and because some have benefited from the lockdowns. This is especially true of people who were able to work from home.
“This is real,” Lemon said. “People are having trouble re-emerging into society after COVID-19 lockdowns.”
Cuomo criticized the messaging coming from the Biden administration, taking Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to task. He said:
This messaging about the vaccine has not been good enough. They still make you feel like it’s not like every other vaccine that you’ve ever had in your life where, you may still get it, [but] you should still wear a mask; you can still have enough to be contagious; you can still spread it. You know, I get why people like your mom and my mom did not feel the confidence that we were supposed to have in getting this vaccine.
The segment ended with Lemon once again addressing members of his audience: “You’ve got to believe in the science. You’ve got to believe in facts. And you’ve got to believe in reality.”
Unfortunately, it seems that Lemon’s words might largely fall on deaf ears. Cuomo is right, the Biden administration is still peddling fear, and since people on the left are more likely to trust the government, they will remain dependent on Fauci’s inconsistent advice. But at least some of us can start getting back to normal even if it means that those on the left will be dragged along kicking and screaming.