A former Obama administration Cabinet official on Sunday compared Americans who oppose face masks and vaccines to suicide bombing terrorists that killed Americans at the Kabul airport.
Arne Duncan tweeted that he saw a comparison between the killers in Afghanistan and those Americans who oppose masks and vaccines. “Have you noticed how strikingly similar both the mindsets and actions between the suicide bombers at Kabul’s airport, and the anti-mask and anti-vax people here?” Mr. Duncan said on Twitter. “They both blow themselves up, inflict harm on those around them, and are convinced they are fighting for freedom.”
Duncan served as President Obama’s education secretary between 2009-2015. Duncan’s comments prompted some negative reactions on social media, with critics noting his words of one day ago where he encouraged people to “treat each other with compassion.”
“What a difference a day makes,” one user wrote, calling out Duncan’s “rapid hypocrisy.” “This tweet will just make people think mental illness is a side effect of the vaccine,” The Blaze’s Jessica O’Donnell tweeted. “You lack a soul and brain. The only thing striking is your ignorance,” radio host Jason Rantz said.
Matthew Betley, a veteran and self-described “pro-mask pro-vaccine conservative” urged Duncan to, “Delete your account, now, you shameless, soulless ghoul.” “I’m a pro-mask, pro-vaccine conservative – by personal choice because of my lung damage from Iraq, not by mandate – and you literally SUCK at this thing called being a human being,” he wrote.