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Somebody is killing Republicans and Trump voters

(RNS) — To say that somebody is killing Republicans and Trump supporters on this nation appears like a conspiracy concept gone loopy. It’s the type of conspiracy concept that needs to be banned by Fb and Twitter.

However the proof is overwhelming.

Individuals in counties that voted for Donald Trump in 2020 are dying at a lot greater charges from COVID-19 than individuals who stay in counties that voted for Joe Biden, in response to a study by National Public Radio.

“Since Might 2021, individuals residing in counties that voted closely for Donald Trump over the past presidential election have been practically thrice as prone to die from COVID-19 as those that stay in areas that went for now-President Biden,” NPR wrote in its report.

“Individuals residing in counties that went 60% or greater for Trump in November 2020 had 2.7 instances the loss of life charges of people who went for Biden. Counties with a good greater share of the vote for Trump noticed greater COVID-19 mortality charges.”

May this be as a result of Trump voters have been older? No, the pattern was sturdy even after controlling for age.

RELATED: Is Trump killing his supporters?

What makes the distinction? Vaccination charges. The proportion of individuals vaccinated in Trump counties is far decrease than the % vaccinated in counties that voted for Biden.

Republicans have one of many lowest vaccination charges within the nation. In keeping with an October poll by KFF, of the 27% of U.S. adults who should not vaccinated, 60% determine as Republican. Of those unvaccinated Republicans, 88% assume that the seriousness of the coronavirus is exaggerated.

Who’s liable for these deaths?

Mockingly, it’s conservative political, media and spiritual elites who’re inflicting these deaths by undermining public well being directives aimed toward defending individuals from COVID-19. Science tells us that the easiest way to fight COVID is thru vaccination, masks carrying and social distancing. These practices have been attacked by many conservative leaders, and it’s killing Republican voters.  

Sadly, I predicted this in my April 2020 column, “Is Trump killing his supporters?

Democrats are unsuccessfully attempting to avoid wasting these Republicans by encouraging vaccinations, masks carrying and social distancing. Talking in purely political phrases with morality put aside, this can be a mistake. Machiavellian pragmatism would dictate that the Democrats let the Republicans suppress their voter turnout by killing themselves. However that might be flawed.

Maybe not surprisingly, progressive makes an attempt to influence Trump voters to get vaccinated have failed. Liberal city elites might be smug and rural People aren’t liable to listening to those that look down on them as uneducated bumpkins. Maybe if Democrats began arguing that Trump voters needs to be denied the vaccine, they’d line up for the shot.

However in fact it’s the absence of conservative voices supporting vaccinations, masks carrying and social distancing that’s killing Republicans. Republican political leaders are cynically exploiting the disaster or are afraid to alienate their base by telling the reality. In the meantime, conservative media shops stoke the fires of conspiracy theories to extend their scores and their income. 

However it’s spiritual leaders who’re most disappointing of their opposition or silence.

Though the Pew Research Center discovered solely 5% of these attending spiritual companies at the very least month-to-month say their clergy discouraged vaccination, one other 54% heard nothing about vaccines from the pulpit. Theses preachers are both detached to COVID-19 or afraid to alienate anti-vaxxers of their congregations. 

Regardless of Pope Francis’ encouragement to get the vaccine and a few Catholic establishments’ mandates for his or her staff and college students, 3% of Catholics mentioned they have been discouraged from being vaccinated. One other 52% had heard nothing from their monks.  

Naysayers amongst Catholic leaders embody Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was hospitalized and wanted a ventilator in August after contracting COVID-19, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who made headlines by refusing to be vaccinated. 

RELATED: Marcus Lamb, anti-COVID vaccine Christian broadcaster, dies at 64

Evangelical leaders have achieved worse than Catholics. Not solely have quite a few anti-vax preachers died of COVID-19; 73% of evangelical congregants saying they’ve heard nothing from their clergy about vaccines.  

The anti-vaxxers have gained by scaring religion leaders into silence.  

It’s too late for a whole lot of 1000’s of COVID-19 victims who might have been saved if they’d been vaccinated, however there may be nonetheless time to avoid wasting a whole lot of 1000’s extra if conservative leaders come to comprehend that they’re killing their base.

Progressives can not save Trump voters as a result of they don’t have any credibility with conservatives. It’s as much as conservative leaders to avoid wasting their very own. 

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