Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is letting the cat out of the bag.
After Southwest Airlines canceled thousands of flights, Carlson investigated.
“The airline canceled thousands of flights,” said Carlson. “It threw the nation’s famously efficient system of air travel into total chaos. It’s stranded countless travelers in airports. Again, you saw it on the news. The question is, how did this happen?”
Carlson then proposed his answer:
[T]he official explanation came right away. It was bad weather on the eastern seaboard. There were thunderstorms. There were also unspecified issues with air traffic control and all of that together forced Southwest Airlines, alone among airlines, to cancel its flights.
That’s what the company, Southwest Airlines, claimed. They claimed that in a statement to us today, a long statement. It’s what many media outlets have repeated uncritically for the past two days.
And yet we can tell you it is untrue. All of that is a lie. It’s not what happened.
We’ve spoken to several people with direct knowledge of what actually did happen. We can tell you that the shutdown of Southwest Airlines over the weekend was a direct consequence — it was a reaction to — Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates.
It began last week when Gary Kelly who is a CEO of Southwest, sent an internal memo to his employees declaring that, per Joe Biden’s directive, any Southwest employee who was not fully vaccinated by the 8th of December will be fired. Canned. Done — right before Christmas.
Now, this would include not simply pilots of Southwest and flight attendants, of course, but ramp workers, mechanics, dispatchers, schedulers, ticket agents, people from the top to the very bottom. Many thousands of people.
Now, some unknown but apparently large number of these people have still not been vaccinated. Why is that? Well, many of them have already recovered from COVID. They have antibodies that offer them greater protection than any vaccine ever could. That’s the science. So, they don’t want the vaccine.
Others have sincere religious objections. They object to the use of aborted fetal tissue in the development of pharmaceuticals, so they don’t want it. They believe it violates their faith. Still, others have friends or co- workers or relatives who have suffered severe side effects from the vaccine, and therefore they are afraid to take it. That makes sense. Don’t make fun of them. That’s real.
And yet others are taking a stand purely on principle. They believe that in a free country, politicians should never be allowed to force citizens to submit to medical treatment they don’t want. These are Americans who grew up in a country where that fact was taken for granted, everybody assumed it, and they want to preserve that country for their children. That’s their motive.
But whatever their various reasons, the unvaccinated employees of Southwest Airlines, the many of them, are decent, high-functioning Americans, and they have watched as their own government has dismissed them out of hand as criminals for reasons that don’t even make sense.
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