Progressive leaders have continued to enforce strict measures and vaccine mandates in the pandemic, most recently in response to the spread of the omicron variant. Weiss called it a “catastrophic moral crime” and a “pandemic of bureaucracy.”
“We were told you get the vaccine, you get the vaccine and you get back to normal,” she said. “And we haven’t gotten back to normal. And it’s ridiculous at this point,” Weiss said during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“I know that so many of my liberal and progressive friends are with me on this and they do not want to say it out loud because they are scared to be called anti-vaxxed or to be called science denial or to be smeared as a Trumper,” she continued.
Her remarks received a raucous round of applause by Maher’s audience, which Travis said proved the “tides are turning” in the pandemic.
“The most impressive thing about Bari Weiss on last night’s Bill Maher is the wild applause after she finishes here,” Travis tweeted. “After two years the tides are turning, even for the left leaning people in this country when it comes to covid.”
Several conservative figures and lawmakers agreed with Weiss.
“This is EXACTLY right,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted.
Some conservatives and social media users weren’t as impressed by Weiss’ announcement, saying she and other liberals are too late to the party after so many progressives promoted lockdowns and other stringent measures that largely kept Americans at home.
Maher has expressed similar sentiments in recent months, telling the liberal media in September they were “scaring the s— out of people” with their doomsday COVID messaging. The liberal host cited a New York Times survey during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that found 41% of Democrats thought they had a 50% chance of being hospitalized if they contracted COVID, while 28% thought it was 20-49% of COVID patients who would wind up in the hospital.
“Seventy percent of Democrats thought it was way, way, way higher than it really was,” Maher said. “Liberal media has to take a little responsibility for that, for scaring the s— out of people.”
Fox News’s Brian Flood contributed to this report.