Political commentator David Frum has refused to back down after facing criticism for suggesting the unvaccinated should be last to receive medical treatment.
On December 12, David Frum took to Twitter to rant about America's "malignant minority," those who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Now there are many who have not gotten the jab for legitimate medical reasons, but the group that has drawn the ire of Frum consists of those whose refusal is based on politics or personal beliefs.
Much of the backlash Frum received was due to his suggestion that hospitals should "quietly triage emergency care to serve the unvaccinated last."
He responded to immediate criticism by suggesting that anti-vaxxers are not victims, as they often portray themselves to be, rather they "are a cause of the victimization of vulnerable others."
On Wednesday, following a number of high profile articles decrying his "provocative" comments, Frum appeared on CNN's New Day to discuss his take.
Frum began by suggesting that the anti-vaxx movement "is being incited and preserved by politicians and media personalities who for agendas of their own want to slow the recovery from the pandemic," adding that it's akin to generals sending their troops out on "suicide missions."
CNN's Brianna Keilar pressed Frum on the morality of his tweet's suggestion that the unvaccinated receive treatment last. He responded by saying he wasn't trying to write an official policy for emergency rooms, rather he was "trying to give a voice" to express the frustration of those who "have been doing the right thing."
"You're not in the right here," Frum said of anti-vaxxers. "Quit feeling so sorry for yourself," and "comparing yourself to victims of the Holocaust."
Keilar then brought up the fact that certain groups, namely African-Americans, have historical reasons to feel wary of government mandated vaccines, and cited the fact that rates of vaccination are lowest in those communities.
Frum suggested that despite the very real historical events that make certain people skeptical of vaccines, every person still has agency to "make better choices."
"You can't really do what you're talking about doing?" Keilar asked. In turn, Frum appeared to lament the fact that it was likely not feasible to send unvaccinated people to the back of the line.
Frum remained steadfast that if the unvaccinated would just get the jab, America's pandemic woes would be a thing of the past.