- North Carolina Congressman said door-to-door vaccinations could lead to confiscation of people’s weapons and Bibles.
- The GOP legislator spoke at a CPAC event in Dallas on Friday.
- Joe Biden said Tuesday that door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden’s call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people’s weapons and Bibles.
Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, spoke Friday during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, which took place over the weekend. He spoke with the Right Side Broadcasting Network, a conservative media outlet.
“And now they kind of talk about going door-to-door to be able to take vaccines to the people. The matter of the mechanisms they had to build to be able to actually perform the massive thing,” Cawthorn said, referring to Bidens latest community-based vaccine push.
“Think about what these mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door to door to take your weapons. They could go door to door to take your Bibles,” Cawthorn said.
—Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) July 9, 2021
Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of coronavirus spreads rapidly across several U.S. states. The United States also missed the White House goal of inoculating 70% of adults by July 4th. As of Friday, nearly 59% of adults were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Biden’s remarks on Tuesday attracted immediate withdrawal from some conservatives, including the rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators “needle Nazis.” GOP rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also referred to Nazi references and called the vaccinators “medical brown shirts,” a reference to Adolf Hitler’s militia and paramilitary force.
The White House slammed the criticism, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying on Friday: “The lack of accurate public health information, including the effectiveness of vaccines and their availability to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so perhaps they’re considering it. “