Bari Weiss' Smackdown on COVID Restrictions Sets Twitter Ablaze

Bari Weiss on Bill Maher's show, screenshot. Credit: Real Time with Bill Maher/HBO

There’s no doubt that Bill Maher is a liberal. But he’s an unusual liberal, for these times, who will recognize certain truths and allow them to be aired on his show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

As we noted Saturday, Maher took on Justice Sonia Sotomayor for the misinformation she spread about COVID during Supreme Court oral arguments about Biden’s vaccine mandate on private businesses.

But Maher certainly let the genie out of the bottle when he let journalist/podcaster Bari Weiss speak on his show. Weiss used to work for the NY Times before she tossed them over for greater reality.

Weiss didn’t hold back when it came to blasting COVID restrictions, calling what had been done to children in the closing of schools a “catastrophic moral crime.”

“We were told you get the vaccine, you get the vaccine and you get back to normal. And we haven’t gotten back to normal. And it’s ridiculous at this point,” Weiss said. “I know that so many of my liberal and progressive friends are with me on this, and they do not want to say it out loud because they are scared to be called anti-vax or to be called science deniers or to be smeared as a Trumper. I’m sorry, but if you believe the science, you will look at the data that we did not have two years ago, and you will find out that cloth masks do not do anything. You will realize that you can show your vaccine passport at a restaurant and still be asymptomatic in carrying Omicron. And you realize, most importantly, that this will be remembered by the younger generation as a catastrophic moral crime.”

Weiss continued about schools in Flint, Michigan, that she described as “80 percent minority” which had just gone to “indefinite virtual schooling.” She cited growing incidents of self-harm among girls and said, “People are killing themselves, they’re anxious, they’re depressed, they’re lonely. That is why we need to end it, more than any inconvenience it’s been to the rest of us… It’s a pandemic of bureaucracy.”

The biggest thing to note, as Clay Travis did, is the wild applause by the liberal audience.

Something like that video probably would have gotten banned by Twitter a year ago. The video now has 3.7 million views. While what she is saying is not new to us, it shows the tide is turning. It went viral, getting a lot of attention, with some attacks from those on the left, but also, a tremendous amount of agreement.

Some pointed out how the information was not exactly new including Rand Paul’s wife, Kelley, saying that her husband had spoken out about masks before.

It even got an interesting reaction from Brian Stelter, posted without negative comment. Is even Stelter moving?

Yes, you can say they should have woken up before this. The damage is immeasurable and likely no one will be held accountable for that damage when they should be. But it’s also important to get out of this moment of insanity, and the way you do that is by having the people who recognize reality become a flood. This is more movement away from that insanity.