Rep. Ronny Jackson tries to play gotcha with the press on Democrats and vaccines — but it backfires
U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) is demanding the media hold the Democrats' "feet to the fire" and find out "how many" Democrats in the House and Senate "are willing to say whether or not they've been vaccinated?"
When told by a reporter every Democrat in the House and Senate is fully vaccinated, Jackson wanted "evidence."
The press, especially CNN, has kept a running tally for months of every member of the House and Senate and their vaccination status.
"Democratic lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have a 100% vaccination rate against Covid-19," CNN reported May 14, "significantly outpacing Republicans in the House and Senate and illustrating the partisan divide over the pandemic."
In the House, CNN found just "95 of the 212 members — 44.8% — have said they are vaccinated," and "at least 92% of senators are."
"One hundred and twelve Republican offices did not respond to multiple CNN inquires."
Jackson also asked if there is any "evidence" that Democrats have all been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Republicans have waged war on requiring vaccination or proof of vaccination for any reason, even for members of the military or other government workers, or members of Congress.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has repeatedly lied when asked, claiming reporters who ask are violating her HIPAA rights, which is false.
Jackson, who is former White House Physician to the President Dr. Ronny Jackson, also insisted the Texas state lawmakers who flew to D.C. to block voter suppression legislation could not all have been vaccinated, after six tested positive for the coronavirus.
Rep. Ronny Jackson, during a GOP doctors presser: \u201cYou as the press have a responsibility to ask questions of the Democrats as well. How many of the Democrats are willing to say whether or not they\u2019ve been vaccinated?\u201d\n\nAlso says \u201cI highly doubt\u201d all 6 Texas Dems were vaccinated.pic.twitter.com/r8wp6iQtPw— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender) 1626963134