Entitlement is never pretty.
When it comes, however, from the celebrity TV host daughter of a late major figure in the Republican firmament, entitlement can get you razzed mercilessly on social media.
Meaghan McCain learned that the hard way today after an ill-considered outburst on The View where she insisted that President Biden should fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, his chief medical advisor and the top infectious disease specialist in America, essentially complaining that she still hasn’t been able to get a vaccine shot yet.
Apparently jealous of the essential medical personnel and residents over the age of 65 who have already begun receiving their shots, McCain also complained that Dr. Fauci was being too conservative in his recommendations for what behaviors might be wise to conduct in the aftermath of being vaccinated.
Dr. Fauci has cautioned that the rise of new genetic mutations of the COVID-19 virus may mean that people will still have to wear masks and maintain social distancing even after receiving a full course of the COVID vaccine, no matter which manufacturer it originated from.
Meaghan McCain lamented that in Israel, they tell their citizens: “get a shot, do a shot,” indicating that people can immediately return to going out drinking and socializing after getting their vaccine.
“Is the science there different than the science here?” McCain wondered aloud. “Israel has over half the country vaccinated and they’re doing pretty well. The idea that I can get vaccinated and nothing in life changes and we have to wear masks forever, I don’t understand the downplaying of vaccines because right now we should be wanting as many Americans as responsibly possible to get a vaccine. The fact I, Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, don’t know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine because the rollout for my age range and my health is so nebulous, I have no idea when and how I get it.”
One has to assume that Ms. McCain never learned the adage that patience is a virtue from her parents since she continued her harangue about the federal vaccine distribution effort, a program that didn’t even exist under a Trump administration that foolishly decided to allow each state to develop their own distribution plans without any coordination.
“If you call me at 3:00 in the morning, I will go any place at any time to get it.” McCain continued. “I want to be responsible and obviously, wait my turn, but this rollout has been a disaster, and I understand President Trump can take much of the blame. now we’re in the Biden administration, and I would look for something to look forward to, and to hope for because if getting the vaccine means that just nothing changes and we have to wait another few years until everyone gets it, there’s already a lot of people not getting it. We’re already having a messaging problem getting people to take this vaccine.”
The View co-host seems to be little impressed by Dr. Fauci, declaring herself “over” the infectious disease specialist.
“We need to have more people giving more opinions and honestly quite frankly, I think the Biden administration should remove him and put someone in place that does understand science or can talk like these other countries that have these things in place that are doing this successfully.”
While it’s uncertain who might take Meaghan McCain’s opinion on what constitutes understanding science over Dr. Fauci’s, a quick comparison of their individual credentials might lead most people to side with the 80-year-old doctor with multiple advanced medical degrees.
Sure everyone is wondering when they’ll be able to get the vaccine, at least those who aren’t irrationally opposed to any type of vaccination.
Overcoming the COVID pandemic isn’t just about one self-centered individual, however, but about making sure that everyone gets one as soon as possible.
Sniping from the sidelines won’t help Meaghan McCain or anyone else get vaccinated any more quickly and naked attempts at jumping the queue aren’t looked favorably upon by most people.
You can watch The View‘s discussion of vaccination and Dr. Fauci in the excerpt below.
Original reporting by Sarah K. Burris at RawStory.
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