We’ve had stories on different groups being hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, from the black community to the trans community. As we reported, Vice President Kamala Harris not only got the shot publically; she also visited a pharmacy and appeared on Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC to encourage communities of color to get vaccinated, even giving a shout-out to the black immunologist who helped develop the Moderna vaccine.
One group that’s been overlooked so far is white evangelical Christians, and as The Daily Wire reports, the Biden administration has Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to convince white Christians to ride trains and get the coronavirus vaccine. If you remember during the Democratic primary, there were a lot of pieces by progressive media outlets complaining that Buttigieg wasn’t the right kind of gay; sure, he was gay, but he and his husband also attended church services instead of doing gayer things with their time. So … ask him.
‘Maybe A Vaccine Is Part Of God’s Plan’: Pete Buttigieg Addresses Vaccine Hesitancy Among ‘White Evangelical Christians’ https://t.co/wv9j95BEZC pic.twitter.com/KwHOlPZHMe
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 12, 2021
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, and responded to this poll by arguing that the COVID-19 vaccine may be “part of God’s plan.”
“You know, sometimes I’ve heard people I care about saying, you know, ‘If I’m faithful, God’s going to take care of me,’” Buttigieg responded. “And I guess what I would hope that they might consider is that maybe a vaccine is part of God’s plan for how you’re going to take care of yourself.”
Buttigieg correctly turned the responsibility over to pastors, saying that “it’s unlikely that an official like me is going to be persuasive to somebody who maybe doesn’t feel like Washington has been speaking to them for a long time.” You’ve got that right, brother.
I love that the media just keep going to Pastor Pete Buttigieg to try to talk to Evangelicals, as though Evangelicals are just desperate to hear his Biblical exegesis https://t.co/Y7CJ3iaoPg
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 12, 2021
They've tried the same thing with Biden. He's founding a new sect of Catholicism! Surely this will push Catholics to flip on abortion and same-sex marriage!
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 12, 2021
To be fair, CNN’s Jake Tapper is the one who brought it up, confessing that normally he wouldn’t have: “You’ve been outspoken on issues of your personal faith, otherwise I wouldn’t normally bring this up,” he prefaced his question. So Tapper is the one who believes Buttigieg speaks for white evangelicals.
Thanks for the laugh! Taking his advice on God’s plan… that’s a good one!!
— Nunya (@talandted) April 12, 2021
The headline is accurate. Since these people worship government as a god, then the vaccine being part of their god's plan is painfully true. If anything can be infrastructure, anything can be god.
— HD “On The Road To DeMaskUs”Lanzoni (@EGadsden1776) April 12, 2021
This doesn’t feel manipulative at all.
— D McK (@da_mck1) April 12, 2021
Maybe because he ALSO rides his bike to church, Ben.
— Michael Gallas (@MichaelRGallas) April 12, 2021
Their whole pitch on trotting him out for these types of appeals has always been "Hey you ignorant, bigoted rubes, this guy "believes" what you do! If you don't agree with him, it shows that you're ignorant, bigoted rubes!"
I dunno, feels like it's not in good faith…
— Labs FTW (@labsftw) April 12, 2021
It's not really surprising that people who believe whatever is popular can't understand that some people have actual beliefs that aren't swayed by pop culture.
— Ben Williams (@JadePhoenix13) April 12, 2021
This guy isn't the one I'm going to listen to when it comes to Christianity…
— Kevin Barnard (@KevyB1990) April 12, 2021
Yep. When I think of white evangelical christians- I automatically default to Mayor Pete Buttigieg. pic.twitter.com/5Fnw2AWA5G
— FulArmr (@jb77511024) April 12, 2021
maybe mayor pete resigning never to be heard from again is part of God’s plan
— Switching to Glide (@cohencockwomble) April 12, 2021
I will take zero advice on Christianity from Pete but is he saying the Hand of God worked through Donald Trump to get the vaccine out?!?!
— Barnabus T McGill (@Barnabus_McGill) April 12, 2021
No, Pete. Try herd immunity and taking care of yourself.
— Carla Brooks (@CarlaBrooks09) April 12, 2021
I don't have religion in reality and I don't want to get vaccinated, it's not about religion at all. Why? Because it's my body and my body is my choice.
— Elsa Natasia (@NatasiaElsa) April 12, 2021
Well for you it’s not about religion but for Pete Buttigieg he is religious every time it’s beneficial to his political desires.
— walterjacksonjunior (@walterjacksonj5) April 12, 2021
I love how they just randomly use God when it helps their point, and spit in His face the rest of the time
— Jim Dandy (@JimDandyMD) April 12, 2021
When referring to Christians or Evangelicals who are 'bad' or exhibit some behavior contrary to the MSM narrative, they're always labeled 'white evangelicals.'
They did this with Warnock in senate election when talking about Evangelical opposition to him.
— Ivan A Ramos ??⚓ (@IvanRamos35) April 12, 2021
I thought Pete was the transportation guy…or are vaccines infrastructure now, too?
— Erica Nichols (@EricNic850) April 12, 2021
Evangelical Christians are infrastructure.
— Whiskey Told Me To (@MDKing34313331) April 12, 2021
How do idiots and complete failures in their previous positions always find their way to D.C.?
— S. Ellis (Parler: SmEllis) (@SteveMEllis) April 12, 2021
The hypocrisy surrounding the vaccine is why most are hesitant. Companies bare no liability for any negative effects. Also, we are told we can't go out, need to wear masks, and are still at risk of getting covid even after receiving the vaccine. So whats the point?
— Tanner Rindels (@trindels23) April 12, 2021
We just think it’s pretty funny that the mainstream media in the form of Jake Tapper looks to Buttigieg as the voice of Christianity.
Huh? Pete Buttigieg doesn’t want women and doctors ‘overruled by the heavy hand of government’ https://t.co/FuNIjfNeze
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 21, 2019
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