“Medical Jim Crow has come to America,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson told his viewers Tuesday when addressing the increasing segregation of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons in public spaces.
Carlson reported that unless you can prove you are vaccinated, you are not permitted to enter bars, clubs, and even some dance competitions in the New York. The host also detailed new technologies that verify people’s vaccination status, which Carlson argues constitutes stripping Americans of their Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy protections.
"It used to be illegal to demand people's confidential medical information," Carlson said. "Not anymore. What's illegal now is trying to hide it."
Below is a transcript from this segment of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”:
Tucker Carlson: If you’re a middle aged American -- some of us are -- you can probably still dimly remember back to what things used to be like in this country, say 13 or 14 months ago. Way back then, before the revolution, pretty much everybody agreed that segregation was the worst thing this country ever did. Forcing certain categories of citizens into separate, lesser accommodations, barring them from public places, treating them like lepers or untouchables, that was completely immoral and wrong. We were told that a lot and most of us strongly agreed. It was wrong. So imagine our confusion today looking out across the country. The very same people, literally the very same, who just the other day told us that segregation was immoral, are now enforcing segregation. Should we be surprised? Probably not, but we still are.
Just this morning, The New York Times informed us that unless you can prove you have taken the injection that the Democratic Party demands you take, you are no longer permitted in bars, comedy clubs, even some dance competitions in the state of New York. You're too dirty to appear in public. You're not welcome near normal people. Want to watch the NBA playoffs in person? You had better be vaccinated to do that. Otherwise the New York Knicks will bar you from Madison Square Garden. You can still go see a baseball game if you want to, but be warned, you will be sitting in your own roped-off section, marinating in your shame with the other disobedient, bad people. Medical Jim Crow has come to America. If we still had water fountains, the unvaccinated would have separate ones. But wait, you ask, is this logical, does it make sense? Why would people who've had the vaccine fear being near people who haven't had the vaccine? Aren’t the vaccinated protected? Isn't that the whole point of getting the shot? Sure, well maybe from a health perspective, that is technically true, if you want to be precise about it, but it's clearly not about health or science; it's bigger than that. It's about good and evil. It's about discovering who is a decent person and who, by contrast, deserves to be punished for sin. It's about finding out who has obeyed and thankfully, once again, technology is coming to the rescue. Watch.
Male Speaker: It’s called the Immuaband. The Denver physician says it's the first of its kind on the market. It costs $19.99 and it's simple to use. After buying it, you send a copy of your vaccination card and they'll load it to their encrypted server. If someone wants to verify your vaccine record, all they got to do is take a picture of the QR code on their phone and it’ll take them to that website.
Carlson: It's easy! It's got a QR code! You just send a copy of your vaccination card! Just show your papers and then you can participate in the life of your country. In New York, the state is doing this by itself; it's issuing something called the Excelsior Pass. The Excelsior Pass entitles you to all the rights and freedoms you imagined you were born with but that turned out to be entirely contingent on whether you do exactly what Andrew Cuomo says to do immediately. Officials in New York have assured us the Excelsior Pass is totally safe; it's every bit as safe as a state-licensed nursing home and it's utterly confidential. It's a lockbox. Your personal health information cannot be hacked by anyone, apart, of course, from hackers, people who actually try to hack it. Last month, for example, a man called Albert Fox Cahn broke into the Excelsior Pass in just 11 minutes. But other than that, you're completely fine. So more than a million people have downloaded the Excelsior Pass so far and that's a victory for public health. But it does make you wonder, is this the end or is it the beginning? Why should it end here? The coronavirus is transmissible and it can be dangerous, but it's hardly the only illness that fits that description. There are many. So if politicians can segregate potential COVID carriers from the rest of the American population, why can't they do the same thing to people with HIV or tuberculosis or hepatitis C, too?
Before you laugh off the possibility of that happening, see if you can answer the core question: Why wouldn't that happen? And of course, at this point, there really isn't a reason that it wouldn't happen because the precedent has been set. And by the way, say goodbye to those HIPAA protections you thought you had. It used to be illegal to demand people's confidential medical information. Not anymore. What's illegal now is trying to hide it. The FBI is warning of “severe penalties” for anyone who dares to forge a vaccine card, so don't even think about it.
Elisabeth Nieshalla is an intern reporter for CNSNews. A student at Taylor University, she studies Politics, Philosophy and Economics and was elected to serve as president of the Class of 2024. She also worked as editor of the opinions page for The Echo, Taylor University’s newspaper.