After getting raked over the coals by Republicans and anyone else with a working brain, the Biden administration announced Saturday that they are backing away from a plan that would have launched terrorists at Guantanamo Bay to the front of the COVID vaccine line.
With millions of Americans still not even eligible for the inoculation, many lawmakers were outraged when they heard that the Pentagon was going to give Gitmo detainees – including 9/11 orchestrator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – the vaccine in the coming days.
“It is inexcusable and un-American that President Biden is choosing to prioritize vaccinations for convicted terrorists in Gitmo over vulnerable American seniors or veterans,” tweeted Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
Equally outraged was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who wrote, “President Biden told us he would have a plan to defeat the virus on day 1. He just never told us that it would be to give the vaccine to terrorists before most Americans.”
“Nothing says #unity like letting the 9/11 mastermind & Gitmo detainees skip in front of millions of Americans for the COVID #vaccine,” tweeted Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC).
“Joe Biden: making sure terrorists get vaccinated since 2021,” noted Steve Guest, a member of Sen. Ted Cruz’s communications team.
News of the vaccine plan was also not particularly well received among those who remember 9/11 all too well.
“You can’t make this up,” said former NY fire commissioner Tom Von Essen. “The ridiculousness of what we get from our government. They will run the vaccine down to those lowlifes at Guantanamo Bay before every resident of the United States of America gets it is the theater of the absurd.”
John Feal, who supervised demolition at Ground Zero in the weeks after the attacks, told the New York Post that he was stunned by the news.
“The fact that the 9/11 community can’t get the vaccine and the terrorists can show how backward our government is,” he told the paper. “It’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard. It’s an insult to the people who ran into the towers and were killed and those who worked on the pile for months and are ill.”
On Saturday, the Pentagon thought better of their ill-conceived strategy.
“No Guantanamo detainees have been vaccinated,” spokesman John Kirby tweeted. “We’re pausing the plan to move forward, as we review force protection protocols. We remain committed to our obligations to keep our troops safe.”
You wouldn’t think you’d need a public pressure campaign to see the idiocy of vaccinating terrorists before American citizens, but this is apparently the kind of thing we’re going to get from the Doofus-in-Chief.
How in the world did this guy beat Trump?