Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) turned her ire toward unvaccinated people on Friday and blamed them for the rise in Covid cases.
Kay Ivey dehumanized unvaccinated people and put a target on their backs.
Ivey referred to vaccinated people as “regular folks” – so unvaccinated people are now “others” – this rhetoric is dangerous and must be denounced.
“Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” Ivey told reporters in Birmingham.
“The new cases of Covid are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with unvaccinated folks,” she said. “These folks are choosing a lifestyle of self-inflicted pain.”
“It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks.”
Pressed on low vaccination rates in her state, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey made a forceful rebuke of people who choose not to get vaccinated: “These folks are choosing a… lifestyle of self-inflicted pain.” https://t.co/cmJLKs8A5R pic.twitter.com/TMa8qgO5Cy
— ABC News (@ABC) July 23, 2021
According to reports, about 40% of residents in Alabama are fully vaccinated, making it the least vaccinated state.