(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) New York’s Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul made some strange claims Wednesday about why New Yorkers were hesitant to get vaccinated.
“I heard so many people say they’re afraid to go get vaccines because they’d have to get on the subway and they’re afraid of being assaulted,” Hochul said.
It is unclear whether the governor believes people will be assaulted because they get the vaccine or because of the risk of crime generally.
Either way, the comment was received with bewilderment and a healthy dose of skepticism:
Im sorry…. what???
— Phantom Raven (@noirturtledove) October 6, 2021
how does anyone on the subway know you’ve been vaxed or not?
— Joe Farrell (@comanchepilot) October 6, 2021
@KathyHochul please produce 10 people that have said and are willing to submit to a lie detector test so you don’t plod them with Applebee’s gift cards to get them to lie. If not I’m calling BS on you
— Santos L Halper (@ubme4aday) October 6, 2021
Literally nobody is saying this
— Tim (@T_nels) October 6, 2021
That really sounds like a problem SHE should be working on.
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) October 7, 2021
Hochul has made a few eyebrow raising comments since taking over in August for disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Like Cuomo—whose COVID policies killed thousands of vulnerable nursing-home residents—Hochul’s attitude toward the pandemic has been particularly concerning.
She has referred to the vaccine as a “gift from God,” dubbed those who are vaccinated as “the smart ones” and appealed to God Himself to encourage vaccination:
“You know there’s people out there who aren’t listening to God and what God wants,” she said at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. “You know who they are.”
She also requested that the audience become her “apostles,” which spurred legal action against her statewide vaccination mandate for healthcare workers.