ANALYSIS: Anti-Vax Extremism Is GOP’s ‘Defund the Police’ Moment


In an interview with Damien Fisher of the New Hampshire Journal, a leader of the New Hampshire anti-vaccine movement insists that she and her fellow protesters speak for the people.

“We are not a fringe group,” said Kelley Potenza. “We are the majority. “

Spend enough time on Twitter and Facebook and you’ll probably feel like it. The use of social media amplifies prejudice by connecting users again and again with like-minded people. But do the opponents of COVID-19 – or those with the more nuanced “I support the vaccine but I oppose the mandate” position – really represent a silent majority in New Hampshire, or in America?

No. Not even close. And the numbers prove it.

Not the poll numbers, although they’re not great either. Polls have consistently shown that while libertarian-leaning Republicans might hate it, Americans have urged the government to take more aggressive action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mask warrants, the blockages and now the vaccine requirements have all worked well.

A solid 60% of U.S. residents support government-mandated COVID-19 workplace vaccinations in a new poll. In New Hampshire, the UNH survey found that Granite Staters were fairly evenly distributed, 48-45%, on corporate-imposed vaccination mandates.

Critics of the vaccine, the warrants or both will say poll numbers are unreliable and attitudes can change quickly. It may be true.

But there is one number that vaccine resistant cannot avoid: 77.

As in “77 percent of adults in Granite State have been vaccinated”.

There are few 77% problems in US politics, but being pro-vaccine is one of them. Not because the polls say so, but because the behavior of voters says so.

Want to know what Americans really think about the vaccine? Don’t ask them to tell you. Ask them if they got the shot. In New Hampshire, about 8 out of 10 people in the voting population will answer “yes”.

Yes, some of that 77% definitely oppose vaccination mandates and other government actions. But it is also true that thousands of unvaccinated are mandated. They just haven’t managed to get shot at yet. So the numbers are probably sharp.

But either way, New Hampshire’s overwhelming “got the vax” numbers show where the state’s voters really are. They don’t care about the microscopic squid in the vaccine solution or how the “Big Pharma poison” interacts with the 5G mind control system. They get vaccinated and try to get back to work.

And these numbers will only increase. No one will be “unvaccinated”.

Perhaps the folks at ReBuildNH think their numbers will improve as more people die from the vaccine – a myth the organization’s leadership has pushed hard. Claims that the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) shows that tens of thousands of Americans have been killed by the vaccine are no factual nonsense, propagated by the ReBuild group and its allies.

That’s why their claims that “we’re not anti-vax, just anti-mandate” ring so hollow. Falsely telling people not to get vaccinated because there is a significant risk of death (there is none) is not an attack on the warrants. It’s an attack on the vaccine itself.

Comments like “I’m going to get a lead shot before I get this shot of vaccine,” from ReBuildNH chief Andrew Manuse add to the post: The vaccine is the problem.

Unfortunately for these activists, New Hampshire voters disagree. About 80% of them are with Chris Sununu on this. They think you are the problem.

The question now is how Granite State voters view the GOP. Sununu fights powerfully to separate anti-vaccination extremism from the Republican brand. Republicans like State Representative Ken Weyler, Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler and State Representative Melissa Blasek are working even harder to wrap the issue around the GOP’s neck. And if you truly believe that “we are the majority”, why not?

Again, if you spend your time on Twitter or Facebook, you might be tempted to think math is on your side. It’s similar to where progressives found themselves in the weeks following the murder of George Floyd. Widespread outrage over this gruesome murder has led millions of Americans to say they support the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Some activists took this as a sign that voters agreed with specific progressive policies like funding for police services.

They were wrong.

The “Defund the Police” moment seemed very real – the New Hampshire ACLU announced its support – but it wasn’t. Americans have made it clear that they are concerned about how black people are treated by the police, but they don’t want any fewer cops. They want more.

And Americans are divided on the question of warrants. People still have a entrenched opposition to government that forces people to do things against their will. But even if they don’t like warrants, they love the vaccine.

Sununu had a rough day on Wednesday. Losing a vote is a loss, period. But the impact of that vote will soon wear off, as his willingness to embrace anti-vaccination madness will persist.

He has 77% of New Hampshire on his side.

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