Feminist Author Dr. Naomi Wolf Weighs In on Events Leading Up to Her Permanent Twitter Ban

Feminist Author Dr. Naomi Wolf Weighs In on Events Leading Up to Her Permanent Twitter Ban

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed liberal, feminist, author, and freedom lover Dr. Naomi Wolf to the newsmakers line to discuss her permanent ban from Twitter after questioning COVID vaccines, citing current state legislation and Moderna website published content.

Leahy: And we are welcoming to our newsmaker line. Our good friend Dr. Naomi Wolf, the author of the 1991 feminist classic, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women.

She was an advisor to Al Gore in 2000. And now the left doesn’t like her because she’s talking about some health freedom issues. Good morning, Naomi.

Wolf: Good morning to you. How are you?

Leahy: I’m glad to have you on. So Twitter has suspended you? Oh, my goodness. What did you do? (Laughs)

Wolf: (Chuckles) Well, that is a good question. I certainly didn’t violate any of the Twitter rules, and Twitter is set up so that there’s no way to know why you’re suspended. There’s no one to call and there’s no editor to challenge this decision about.

I know it’s widely reported that I was de-platformed for reporting on adverse reactions to the COVID vaccine. And it is true that I’ve broken some stories about that which were picked up in many other news outlets, and I’m proud of the reporting I did.

People deserve all the information about any medical process. But I don’t believe that’s the real reason I was actually de-platformed in the act of posting a two-minute video in which I literally read verbatim a press release from a state senator in Oregon named Kim Thatcher, who had introduced a bill to ban vaccine passports and mask mandates in the state of Oregon.

There were a couple of other things that I had posted that day that I also think were over the target, honestly. So that is my best guess about why I was de-platformed.

Leahy: The mainstream media has reported and they apparently know why you were de-platformed, right?

Wolf: Yeah. Which is such terrible reporting. A, nobody in the news media has called me for comment to find out from me why I think I was de-platformed or what I actually said. And a lot of tweets have been taken out of context.

But if Twitter won’t talk to me about why I was de-platformed then who’s talking to mainstream media? Right. It’s almost as if they’re just making it up or else Twitter is leaking to news outlets without giving me the courtesy of contacting me and saying, look we are de-platforming you for this reason.

It’s dangerous and scary, not just because of what happened to me and my 140,000 followers who now can’t talk to me. It’s really much more dangerous and scary for everybody else out there and for democracy because if indeed, the reason was that I was reporting a transparent civic process, a state bill, then that means Twitter and these big tech platforms have the power to silence one side of the aisle or one side of the political discussion even though I’m not a Republican.

Which is the irony. And only let people hear about bills on the Dem side. And we’ve seen the de-platforming of conservative voices across a range of voices and commentators. So that’s really, really scary.

That quickly becomes a one-party state in the Chinese Communist Party model. So that’s super terrifying. And it’s also super terrifying because this is the world that we’re living in now. It’s not going to stop just me.

If somebody says something about the administration that is not okay or reveals some flaw in a product then that industry has a lot of power, it’s really a way to suppress dissent and debate. And that’s just not American.

Leahy: Naomi, in studio with us this morning is our all-star panelist, Clint Brewer. Clint is a recovering journalist, and Clint has a question for you. (Wolf chuckles)

Brewer: I haven’t fully recovered, so I’m going to ask a question live on the air. Ms. Wolf, some of the language around medical freedom concerning the pandemic is not dissimilar to language around pro-choice arguments.

Wolf: Right.

Brewer: You’ve got a nuanced history on the issue of abortion. For the listeners reconcile your positions on medical freedom as it relates to COVID and on abortion. And do you think there’s a growing number of people who share that sentiment that I think you’ll explain?

Wolf: I’m not sure I fully understand your question. I think what you’re saying and I’ve made this point on Twitter is that liberal feminists like myself who are pro-choice, have always had a gospel of my body, my choice and that it is really dangerous and unethical when the state can say, you have to have this baby or you can’t have an abortion or any other kind of forced decision making by the state that gets between a woman and her doctor, a woman, and her body. Is that the analogy you’re looking for?

Brewer: Exactly. And it sounds like a similar argument to medical freedom around COVID. I mean, people should be able to make a choice about masks. They should be able to have a choice about vaccines and control their body in between them and their health care professionals.

Wolf: Yes. I mean, I do agree with you, and I would go further. I think with abortion, good people can reasonably make arguments in both directions. But when it comes to whether or not to wear masks, whether or not to accept an experimental medical procedure, which is still the COVID-19 vaccine that hasn’t completed its clinical trials.

I would go further and say, really, there are so many laws, including the Constitution, that make it unlawful to coerce people to have that vaccine. It’s unlawful. It violates HIPAA, for instance, to have a vaccine passport system.

It violates the Fourth Amendment and the Right to Privacy to ask whether someone’s vaccinated or not vaccinated before they can enter a business, which is what was happening to me when I was in New York City, where the signs like this all over the city.

It violates the Equality Act to say, and I’m hearing from people across the country, you can’t have a job unless you get vaccinated. Your child can’t go back to college unless he or she accepts this experimental vaccination.

I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but I absolutely believe in the rule of law and the Constitution and our human rights law that you need a convention. You can’t force a medical treatment on people.

It’s illegal to experiment on people. That’s the Nuremberg Code. We have a nexus laws in the free world that prevents us from being forced to accept medical treatment or from being experimented on.  My condition is not anti-vaccine, and I wouldn’t even call it medical freedom. It’s just Western democracy with its rule of law.

Leahy: Naomi, Yahoo News about 22 hours ago posted this story about you. I’ll read it and get your reaction. ‘Twitter has suspended author Naomi Wolf after she posted outlandish vaccine misinformation on the platform, including a claim that the shots were a ‘software platform that can receive uploads.’ Did Yahoo contact you before they wrote that story? And what’s your reaction to that?

Wolf: Well, they certainly did not. And this is such a gross example of big news outlets that really rely now, and I’m in the news business and I know your guest is there as well. They really rely on a kind of unholy partnership with Big Tech. The language in that Tweet is from the Moderna website.

And they were boasting on the website that their lipid nano-particle technology is like software that you can kind of upload or change in the future. And they were boasting about that as a revenue model, as opposed to a traditional vaccine where you just get it once.

After I reported on that, we did hear that there were going to be booster shots. There are going to be booster shots and it’s not just going to be one injection. I literally used the language off the Moderna website and their analogy.

And the trouble with Twitter, of course, is you can take these out of context. And certainly, Yahoo News has no excuse for taking that out of context.

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Host of ‘No Interruption’ Tomi Lahren Talks Masks, Recalls, and California’s Culture of Homelessness

Host of ‘No Interruption’ Tomi Lahren Talks Masks, Recalls, and California’s Culture of Homelessness

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  guest host Christina Botteri welcomed Fox Nation contributor and host of “No Interruption,” Tomi Lahren to the newsmakers line live from Santa Monica, California to discuss mask freedom, Gavin Newsom recall efforts, and the growing homelessness in the Golden State.

Botteri: And on the line with us right now is the one and only Tomi Lahren. Tomi, thank you so much for joining us this morning. How are you?

Lahren: I’m happy to be here. And I got to tell you guys, I’m not Nashville, Tennessee, this morning. I am in Santa Monica, California – and I got to tell you, I’m really missing some Tennessee.

Botteri: (Laughs) Oh, no! So what you’re saying is you are wearing a mask? (Laughter)

Lahren: I refuse to do that. I don’t know if anybody follows me on Twitter or on Instagram, but I think that they are well aware that I am unmasked and at full capacity at one of those things.

And you know what? I’m actually proud to say that a lot of Californians, even though they don’t officially lift their little mask mandate until June 15, a lot of Californians aren’t playing ball anymore.

So I have to say, maybe a little bit of Tennessee is rubbing off on the Golden State. I love to see it.

Botteri: Oh, that is great news. I’m serious, all jokes aside, that is great news, Tomi. Thank you for sharing that. That kind of makes me glad, because it is a beautiful place, Santa Monica and all of California, for that matter, it really is.

And to just be all hold up. Can we just talk about it for one little second, what a weird sensation it is to wear these dumb masks? Because when you’re at the airport, that’s like a whole other thing.

When you’re on an airplane, but your vision is cut off, your breathing is off. Just everything about it is the worst. I mean, I suppose there are worse things in the world, but not many.

Lahren: (Chuckles) I’ve been calling it a face diaper for about a year-and-a-half-now. But here’s the thing. And this is what I tell people, and I understand it. And this has long been my approach to it.

If a private business or an employer wants to require masks, as we know, I’m all about that. They have the right to do that, and we have the right, not to patronize those establishments. So I fully understand that their right to do it.

But when the government and as we had, as you guys know, in Nashville, when we have the government putting a mask mandate in place, that’s where I draw the line. And I for a long time said this, even when we were in Nashville under that mask mandate and when I would travel outside of the airport, I would say, listen, I’m not going to wear a mask.

If someone wants to approach me and tell me to wear a mask will have a little discussion. But it’s funny when you go unmasked, it’s like people look at you and now they finally feel like they cannot wear a mask because they were just waiting for that one person to be the first one to say, I choose freedom.

And they’ll look at you in relief. And they’ll say, oh, thank goodness. I’m taking my mask off, too. And that’s, my friends, is how we start changing things.

Botteri: I love it, Tomi. You’re totally right.

Carmichael: Tomi, this is Crom. Do you have any thoughts since you’re out there in the middle of California, what’s your sense being on the ground out there, the recall of Gavin Newsom?

Lahren: I have been somebody who’s gone after Gavin Newsom for several years. I used to live here in LA. I lived here for three years, and I became very invested in California politics. And I’ll tell you, the recall is going to happen.

I believe that it will be successful. And Gavin Newsom, for those that aren’t familiar with California and California politics, all the bad policies that have been adopted by the Biden administration, those policies were tested and failed here in California.

And that’s what becoming nationalized, even in Nashville with our Mayor, who I call John ‘Chicken’ Cooper. A lot of the failed policies that he would implement and the taxations that he would use to get out of his own problems.

Those are all ideas that started here. And Californians on the left and the right, because this recall is not just a Republican recall. There are not enough Republicans in California to accomplish what they accomplished with those recall signatures.

These are Californians standing up and saying, you know what? We’re tired of the tyranny, we’re tired of the infringements, you shut us down needlessly. Other states stayed open. Tennessee being one of them, that kind of was able to stay somewhat open.

Florida, obviously my home state of South Dakota. So Californians are looking at their leaders, saying, no more, buddy. And I believe it’s going to be successful. They will get rid of Gavin Newsom.

Carmichael: If they get rid of Gavin Newsom, that’ll be an earthquake in the political world. And I hope you’re right for the sake of Californians. I was looking at an article for the amount of shoplifting in California since California changed the law that you have to shoplift $950 or more each time in order for it to be a felony.

The businesses like Walgreens are shutting locations left and right because their store shells are just being destroyed by vagrants. And actually, now organized crime that goes in and you’ll have a flash mob, and they’ll each steal $500, $800 bucks apiece and walk out.

Lahren: Oh, that’s 100 percent true. And for those in Tennessee that are listening, I know that this seems like a California problem. But be warned, when you start having what they call realignment laws and reclassification where they take what used to be felonies, and they re-classify them as misdemeanors.

This is exactly what happens. And I’ll tell you, this. I’m staying in Santa Monica. And we’re going out to Venice later. I was in Venice yesterday. It’s absolute filth. It’s tents lining the streets, and these people here have become so emboldened that they believe they can do whatever it is that they want.

And it’s those felon-friendly laws that give them that courage to be able to do that. That is happening in California. It’s been happening in California for years. And you’ve already got police department’s here that have been defunded.

And now they’re struggling to refund because they realize what a bad idea it was. But it all comes from those policies. And Tennessee beware because a lot of Californians are fleeing to Tennessee, but they’re bringing their voting records and their voting tendencies with them.

So we got to keep our ears perked up and pay attention to those things as they come in because we do not want to California our Tennessee.

Carmichael: Tomi, what we’ll have to do here in Tennessee is set up re-education camps. (Laughter) Now I have a question for you because you’re on the ground out there and you’ve lived there for three years.

Why do the people of Venice, for example, because I’ve seen the videos and it is absolutely just the only word I can think of that even comes close to it is just absolutely just disgusting. What has gone on there?

Why do the local people vote, the mayor and the city council back into office? Why do they do that?

Lahren: You know, it’s a culture in Venice when they look at homelessness. But just being out there and we’re going to go out there later today and talk about it and talk to some individuals. But people are upset with it.

They don’t like it. I’m looking at these businesses that are finally being able to reopen in Venice and these restaurants. And I was saying yesterday, I can’t imagine going to eat at one of those restaurants because there’s homeless everywhere.

I’m not kidding you. When you step out of the car in Santa Monica or Venice, the smell of pee is so overwhelming that it’s disgusting. I couldn’t even eat outside. And walking outside, it’s disgusting. And it’s a culture that they’ve fostered here.

But not only that, it’s gotten so bad and the lawlessness has gotten so bad that they are homeless people who are actually dealing drugs out of their tents and lighting other homeless people’s tents on fire because they’re having turf wars within their encampments on the boardwalk.

And that’s what average, everyday law-abiding California they’re supposed to walk and run through? I’m telling you, it’s like a third-world country here.

Botteri: I’ve been there and it was there many, many years ago now and walked the boardwalk that you alluded to. And for everybody who’s not been there, you basically have the street and then a row of beach houses and other types of residences and businesses and stuff.

So buildings, basically. And then a broad sidewalk. A big cement sort of sidewalk path that follows the beach line. And then on the other side is the sand. You’ll some workout areas and other sorts of pop-up types of vendors and stuff.

And then you get to the beach proper and then the ocean. And that’s kind of how it goes. And so this is a relatively small area when I was there, Tomi and this was, like 20 something years ago. This was a long time ago because I’m an old lady. (Chuckles)

There were all kinds of panhandling, all kinds of vendors. And they were all mixed up together. And it was back then just kind of an aggressive and very obviously a cultural choice of that area to allow this to tolerate this behavior.

And so I can only imagine what you’re describing now and what these tents are they like on the other side. Basically, you’ve got the buildings and then the sidewalk, and then they’re on the other side of the sidewalk. So people are kind of pinned in into this gore point?

Lahren: Oh no,  they line everything. They’re in the middle of the beach. They are next to the sidewalk there next to all different sidewalks. They are next to the boardwalk there on the boardwalk, there is no area where you will not find tents and trash, and makeshift living areas.

I was walking through there yesterday, and I tell you, I was walking through at 8:30 in the morning. Had it been later in the evening, there’s no way I would have gone down there. But looking in these tents there are people in there.

And, of course, they’re passed out. But the number of things that they have accumulated in these tents, these are tent cities. And for people to understand this is not just Venice. This is not just Santa Monica. This is California!

This is everywhere here. It’s in San Diego. It’s for sure. In San Francisco, it is everywhere in this state. It is a culture of homelessness. And I know that other states have dealt with this as well. I know in Austin, Texas, they shot down people’s ability to really reside in their tents like it was a dwelling.

And they did the same thing in Colorado, in Denver. But if that ever comes to Tennessee, I’m telling you, we’ve got a homeless population that’s certainly growing. And it’s not a culture we want to foster.

Of course, we want to make sure that these people are taking care of. But I’ll tell you this that people don’t understand going back to your point on crime, I’ve done a lot of research on this.

A lot of these individuals that are here at homeless, of course, some are down on their luck. Some have mental illness addiction and some are veterans. And of course, we put those people in a different classification.

There’s also a lot of individuals that come to California from other states because they’re either just transients, vagrants or they are sex offenders and felons from other states that come to California because they do not have to re-register sex offenders here, and they want to live their life on beachfront property in the lawlessness.

Botteri: Wow.

Lahren: That has Californians terrified.

Botteri: It’s a terrible situation, and it’s got to be better. There is a great commentary at The Tennessee Star. It’s a deep dive into the homelessness industrial complex. I highly recommend that you read that. It’s fascinating.

Tomi Lahren, thank you so much for joining us. I hope you come back soon. Stay safe; stay well, there, while you’re in California. We’ll talk to you again soon.

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Clint Brewer: Masks Are the Left Wing’s New MAGA Hat as People Forget the Science Behind Mandates

Clint Brewer: Masks Are the Left Wing’s New MAGA Hat as People Forget the Science Behind Mandates

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer to the studio to discuss the mask mandate confusion and why people are still wearing masks even after vaccination and changing guidelines.

Leahy: We are in for a treat this morning. In studio with us, all-star panelist, recovering journalist, and public relations expert Clint Brewer is in studio. Good morning, Clint.

Brewer: Hey, good morning, Mike. How are you?

Leahy: Confused about the mask mandates. Am I alone in that?

Brewer: No, you’re not. I saw something on social media. I thought it was really interesting. Somebody said that masks have become the left-wing of politics in this country’s equivalent of the MAGA hat. Which is like a declaration of your beliefs. (Leahy laughs) Except that the mask actually has medical significance in the MAGA hat is just a hat.

So it’s become an extension of people’s beliefs. And I got to say that the hype of the pandemic I wore a mask, I follow the rules. But now I’m not really sure what the rules are. I know that we’re not supposed to have to wear masks s if you’re vaccinated. But I sure get a lot of dirty looks for not wearing them.

Leahy: Well, you think it’s because you’re not wearing them, you get the dirty looks, but it might be something else. I don’t know.

Brewer: It could be.

Leahy: I know. In my case, it’s not just the mass sometimes. I don’t know where all this stuff is. My view has been that the science, it doesn’t support the masks. In fact, I think there was one study Tucker Carlson said that they might be more harmful than not. But again, I’m not not a scientist and I don’t play on on TV.

Brewer: I subscribe to the theory of call on God, but roll away from the rocks. (Leahy laughs) So my attitude is, well, I’m not a scientist. I’m not really sure. But if wearing one gives me a little bit better chance of making out of the pandemic unscathed that I’ll just wear one.

Leahy: And clearly, the polling shows that the public has supported the wearing of masks. It’s like 60% to 40 percent.

Brewer: It’s not fun.

Leahy: It’s symbolic. At least you are doing something.

Brewer: The problem is, is it’s become a symbol and that’s the issue. It’s supposed to be a functional medical necessity during a very difficult time in American and world history. But now it’s become a thing where people are continuing to wear them and continuing to use them even when they don’t have to.

And businesses are enforcing the use of them, even when Joe Biden himself is telling you that you don’t have to wear one if you’ve been vaccinated.

Leahy: The Center for Disease Control has said they’re lifting the mask mandate if you’ve been vaccinated.

Brewer: Even indoors and in crowds.

Leahy: Okay. But, they also said that you must wear masks in schools. So again, for the balance of this year and then this academic here. Schools have been inconsistent. And, by the way, the science is kids are not really at risk.

Brewer: No, not really. I mean, they are, but they aren’t. Like they can get it and it be very symptomatic. There are other cases where it hasn’t been.

Leahy: So in Williamson County, they said, well, we’re going to wear masks for the rest of the school year.

Brewer: It’s most of the school systems in this area.

Leahy: Except for the balance of the year, it’s almost over. It’s Friday. But in Metro Nashville, kids will continue to wear masks for this school year and indefinitely thereafter. At least that’s what we’ve been able to, ascertain in a story by Corrine Murdock. They’re interpreting it differently in Metro Nashville.

Brewer: Well, I think you’re probably going to see some pushback from members of the school board. I wouldn’t be surprised if our colleague and friend Fran Bush has something to say about it.

Leahy: The one member of the Metro Nashville Public School board who will come in studio and talk with us.

Brewer: I understand the abundance of caution, but at some point…here’s the thing that I don’t get. If during the height of the pandemic, we were all asked to believe the science, which I will freely admit I did. I bought into it and I’m glad I did.

I can’t say 100 percent who was right and who was wrong. I just know it worked for me. Okay. I wore a mask. I stayed home when I was supposed to and socially distant. I did everything I was supposed to do. And I didn’t get it. My family didn’t get it.

And everybody’s okay. So all I can say is whether it was overkill or not, it worked for me. But we were told to believe the science then so why don’t we believe the science now?

Leahy: Gee.

Brewer: I don’t get it. I don’t get it because I’m sick a wearing a mask, and I’ve been vaccinated. And I’m going to the grocery store on Saturdays, and it’s still full of people wearing masks. And now I’m getting the side-eye from people.

I’m like, look, I’m doing what I’m supposed to. If you want to keep wearing that thing, go ahead. But that period is over. And so Biden said, look, he said that you got two options, wear a mask or get vaccinated. Of course, the third eye options not to do either.

And there are plenty of people doing that. But guess what? We’ve now entered a period with the pandemic where we’re back to personal responsibility. It’s on you because let me tell you, in Tennessee, it is easy to get a vaccine.

I’ll say this about our state government and about our hospital system and about our health care system in this state. It’s very easy to get a vaccination.  There is no barrier unless you have a transportation problem. And I think even then…

Leahy: You can call up the Health Department and somebody will probably come and get you.

Brewer: You can get a Lyft or an Uber paid for in many cases by the government.

Leahy: I think you nailed. The whole mask thing is a symbol of what your political ideology is right now.

Brewer: Which is ridiculous and that obscures the whole point of the thing to begin with.

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Congressman Tim Burchett on Pelosi’s Power, Mask Mandates, and John Kerry’s Elusive Role

Congressman Tim Burchett on Pelosi’s Power, Mask Mandates, and John Kerry’s Elusive Role

 

Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) to the newsmakers line to discuss the out of control power trip of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, changing mask mandates, and the elusive role of John Kerry.

Leahy: We are delighted to welcome back to our microphones, the voice of sanity (Burchett chuckles) in Washington, D.C., Representative Tim Burchett from Knox County. Welcome back to The Tennessee Star Report Congressman Burchett.

Burchett: Thanks for having me on, brother. I really appreciate it.

Leahy: I don’t know how you guys do it up there right now with Nancy Pelosi running the House of Representatives like it’s her own little dictatorial club. How do you stand it?

Burchett: You pray a lot, honestly. There is no rhyme or reason and even our own party or parties and shambles. They’re on us about an election for the person who literally just schedules our meetings and at the end of the Republican Party. But dadgum, look at them.

We can’t even have a meeting during the day on a Zoom call because she scheduled three at the exact same time and we don’t have the bandwidth to do it. They are always collapsing. We were on with Secretary Buttigieg a few weeks back and I asked the chair lady, why does he keep freezing?

Why can’t we have this testimony? And she said, well, there are three other meetings going on at the same time. And that is just a small sample of a bigger problem. I think she and the President, their day is come and gone and the country is not being well served by them and all the radical agenda.

Gas lines, who would have thought we had gas lines in 2021? Inflation is rising, of course, at an alarming rate. The border is overflowing. There’s trouble in the Middle East. And all they’re concerned about is making sure that the media over there is taken care of.

And the media should know better and put their headquarters where Hamas headquarters are or where there are missiles being launched. And it’s just beyond belief. I think our priorities are completely out of whack with this bunch. We’re spending a one trillion-dollar infrastructure bill.

Then it went to a one-point three then two. Now it’s a three. And five percent of it, I think, goes to roads and bridges, traditional infrastructure. The rest is Green New Deal and virtue signaling. The midterm elections could not get here soon enough.

Leahy: I’m with you on that. How different is it under the Pelosi speakership now than it was previously when they actually had somewhat normal operations?

Burchett: This year, it’s just kind of gone. I’ve always been under her reign of terror so to speak (Leahy laughs) when I came in. But just in the last year, under COVID, she’s lost any resemblance of leadership. Then there is the mask mandate.

Everybody’s saying, well, take the mask off. And now I read early this morning that the reverse in that they’re saying, well, maybe we went too fast on that. She’s allowed unelected bureaucrats to dictate to us American citizens what we can and cannot do and to me, that’s that is wrong.

And she is wrong as she could be. I know there’s plenty of edited versions of her speaking but just go watch some of the unedited versions. It’s just unbelievable. It’s unbearable really is what it is.

Leahy: Yeah, that’s a good term. Unbearable.

Burchett: The Democrats know it. If you talk to any of them off the record, the vast majority of them, they’re just waiting their turn. It’s all they’re doing right now.

Leahy: Now you talked about the mask mandate. This is so very confusing. The confusion starts with the CDC, but also, I don’t know if you call it confusion more dictatorial anti-science policy in the House of Representatives itself.

I saw last week the CDC said you don’t need to wear masks if you’ve been vaccinated. Then on Saturday, they said, oh, but yes, school kids have to wear masks or they recommend you should. Now Nancy Pelosi there was a little bit of a brouhaha about this. One of your colleagues, I think it was Brian Mast from Florida who appeared on the House floor.

And even after the CDC said, you don’t have to wear a mask if you’ve been vaccinated, she set the little dictatorial rule that you’ve got to wear a mask on the floor. So Brian Mast from Florida went into the House and dramatically ripped his mask off.

When last I saw this, she said, you’re going to be fined $500. a day. And then thereafter $1,000. a day. Where does maskgate stand now in the House of Representatives?

Burchett: I’m sure she’ll make us wear it until the end of the year or something. It’s just more of her just showing her power. And it’s ridiculous because if you look on the floor and if the media would ever show it, the Democrats are always huddled over there and a very un-social distancing manner.

And they come over there and tell us to separate. We got to wear our masks. The Sergeant at Arms is threatening to fine us. And it’s just like the metal detectors, which is another ridiculous rule that she’s done. She waves it for herself.

She walks right through it. Don’t forget, she brought somebody there that was COVID positive to vote for her because it was a very close vote on the House floor.

Leahy: I remember that.

Burchett: The national media sort of forgot that. I mean, it was just a bogus deal all the way around. It’s just a power kick for them. And we all know it and it’s ridiculous, but we got to live under it because she is the Speaker.

Leahy: The Speaker does get to set the rules of behavior in the House of Representatives. But if the Speaker said, everybody has to hop on one foot before they speak, would that be a legitimate rule?

Burchett: I would say about half the people in there would start hopping on one foot. (Leahy laughs) The Republican Party would not because there are some others that think that she’s just the greatest thing in the world.

You know, something else I don’t get is how can a Catholic be just wide open on pro-choice? And if a baby is born alive, if a doctor is allowed to kill that baby, how can she get by with that? I question that. That makes me very angry. Her agenda is clearly for her and not for anybody else and not for the wellbeing of the country.

Leahy: Congressman Burchett, why do the Democrats go in lockstep along with this sort of dictatorial approach of Nancy Pelosi? Why is no one there of independent mind or courage or spirit on the Democratic side?

Burchett: I would say the Democrats use the carrot of the stick pretty much. If you act up, they give you the stick. If you don’t, they give you a carrot. Jim Cooper, your representative from right there voted against Pelosi a couple of times, and I guess he ended up in the closet for an office. But they punish pretty well.

They do a pretty good job of that. And we don’t. I don’t know that we should, but they sure do. They sure do punish their people. They get out of line like the girl with the throuple or whatever her name was in California, she was a wild card. And then, surprisingly, if something got leaked to the press.

Leahy: Surprisingly. (Laughs)

Burchett: I doubt that that was any Republicans that leaked it. But they just figured she was too much of a wild card and they took care of her. If I was a Democrat, I would fear other Democrats before I would fear Republicans because they’re a pretty vicious bunch. Everybody down there is trying to get to that Speaker’s office somehow. Everybody thinks that they got a shot at it.

Leahy: They want to be the Speaker. They want the power.

Burchett: I just want to make sure I get home to my wife and daughter.

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Liberal Author and Creator of Dailyclout.io Naomi Wolf Talks Mask Mandates, Individual Liberties, and Citizen Action

Liberal Author and Creator of Dailyclout.io Naomi Wolf Talks Mask Mandates, Individual Liberties, and Citizen Action

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed liberal, feminist, and creator of the new site called Daily Clout Dr. Naomi Wolf to the newsmakers line to talk about how the restrictive COVID measures are not about the virus but about stripping American’s of their individual rights.

Leahy: We are joined by our friend, Dr. Naomi Wolf who is a well-known liberal author but right now is having a hard time getting all of these mainstream media outlets to actually listen to her. Naomi, you had a tweet late yesterday and said if I hadn’t met a group of libertarians who questioned all the totalitarian directives and all the paid for “inaccurate science”, I would not have survived to this day psychologically. So we hope you are surviving this morning Naomi.

Wolf: I’m fine. Thank you. How are you doing?

Leahy: We’re great. So you’ve been tracking COVID-19 and all these restrictions. And I saw that you retweeted one tweet that looked at the difference between a couple of states, I guess, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin, with regards to all the mask use and the lockdowns. And in actual numbers, the mask usage and forced mask usage in lockdowns don’t seem to have that much impact on the cases of COVID and deaths. Do I have that right?

Wolf: There are 33 studies now at the American Institute for Economic Research where I’m a senior fellow, that has compiled from all over the world that showed that lockdowns don’t make any difference at all. These restrictive measures in a population don’t make a difference in COVID outcomes. Florida is doing better than California, and California is a totally closed state. New York is doing worse than South Dakota, and South Dakota is a completely open state.

Sweden did better than Britain, and people have been under house arrest in Britain. Essentially, there’s a study out of Denmark that shows that mask populations don’t do better than unmasked ones. And on and on and on. And yet we’re keeping kids out of school. We’re putting masks on their faces, which is very harmful. And more studies are showing harm, their cognitive development, their verbal development, their social interaction.

We’re crushing businesses. And in my state, New York, eight people in my county, eight people a month die with “COVID” and other comorbidities and with an average age of 85, which is older than the average American lifespan. Every death is bad but that’s a lower death rate than opioid overdoses. So it’s not a pandemic where I live. It’s an endemic. And in many places, it’s not a pandemic anymore. It’s not an emergency anymore. And these measures are being used to lie to us, to break society, and to disrupt and damage human connections and human bonds.

Leahy: Why are you having such a hard time getting these basic scientific facts out there? Why has the mainstream media turned against you now?

Wolf: Well, I don’t know what your evidence is that the mainstream media has turned against me. I know I was attacked by one guy, Matt Gertz, I believe who is at Media Matters and mentioned CNN in his bio, but he didn’t have anything substantive to say. So it’s not that I’m being attacked. It’s that the mainstream media is going with different spokespeople who are telling untruths like Dr. Fauci and the CDC Director.

And they’re highly conflicted. But again, it’s not just me. I’m not a scientist. I’m not a medical doctor. I’m citing many reports that are from people like the Great Barrington Declaration signatories who are very distinguished epidemiologists and virologists from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard. So many scientists are doing this work. Many news outlets are reporting them.

Unfortunately, right now, it looks like the right-wing and libertarian news outlets are reporting them and the kind of news that I follow and my loved ones follow like NPR, CNN, and The New York Times are reproducing science that’s not that good. And reproducing uncritically spokespeople like Dr. Fauci and the CDC that are saying things that are really not true and not backed up by science.

Leahy: Where does this all go in terms of public policy? When will the mask mandates be removed? When will the lockdowns stop? I see in Michigan, they’re doubling down now.

Wolf: It’s insane. It’s madness. I got contacted because in Michigan I understand that they are trying to put masks on two to four-year-olds. I was told the story of a nine-year-old whose mom tried to get a doctor to give her an exemption to remove his mask because he couldn’t breathe in an exercise class. And the doctor said, I can’t do that but I’ll give him (Inaudible talk) so he can breathe and an anti-anxiety medication so that he can deal with his trauma.

I mean, it’s shocking what we’re doing to kids. Public policy changes when we change it. Dr. Fauchi, he’s not God. He’s not the president of the United States. He has no totalitarian powers. He’s a medical advisor. He has no power to make us do anything. And people misunderstand that. Even the CDC director, Dr. Walensky of CDC has no enforcement powers. So these are guidelines.

At the state level, we are looking at horrible laws that have been passed by governors. And so this will go on as long as we let it. I personally am not letting it. I started something on Daily Clout, my democracy-building news and legislation site called the Five Freedoms Campaign. And it’s going incredibly well where citizens across the country are uniting digitally to pass no vaccine bills, passport bills, and no mask mandate bills.

Freedom of assembly, freedom to worship, freedom to run your business, no emergency law bills, and so on. And three states have our model legislation and your listeners can join. You can use it to lobby your own state representatives. But this is up to the citizens of the United States and the citizens of the world to grab their rights back and their freedoms back because it is clear that this is not, I said this in August last year, this is not about a virus. It’s not about a vaccine. It’s about people who are not our friends and not even our allies. And I can get into that if you like, trying to subjugate us. And that is not going away.

Leahy: If people want to learn more about the Five Freedoms Campaign, where do they go, Naomi?

Wolf: Thank you so much. They can go to dailyclout.io and right there, you’ll see the Five Freedoms Campaign. And we’ve got a fantastic model bill which is in process in Maine, New Hampshire, and Michigan thank God. It needs the voices of people in the states to call their state legislators and pass this if you want to get rid of mask mandates, vaccine passports, and all the horrible array of un-American mandates.

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