Arne Duncan, former President Obama’s Secretary of Education, compared the “mindsets” and “actions” of Afghan suicide bombers to anti-vaccine and anti-mask Americans.
Duncan asked Twitter users if they’ve ever “noticed how strikingly similar both the mindsets and actions are between the suicide bombers at Kabul’s airport, and the anti-mask and anti-vax people here.” He continued, “They both blow themselves up, inflict harm on those around them, and are convinced they are fighting for freedom.” (RELATED: DeSantis: Politicians Want You To Cover Your Face As A Way For Them To Cover Their Own A**es)
Have you noticed how strikingly similar both the mindsets and actions are between the suicide bombers at Kabul’s airport, and the anti-mask and anti-vax people here?
They both blow themselves up, inflict harm on those around them, and are convinced they are fighting for freedom.
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) August 29, 2021
Many were quick to lambast Duncan over his statement, referring to him as “shameless” and “soulless.”
Marine Corps veteran Mathew Betley, requested that Duncan “delete” his account and called him a “shameless, soulless ghoul.”
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.
— Matthew Betley 🇺🇸 (@MatthewBetley) August 29, 2021
Blaze social media director Jessica O’Donnell sarcastically remarked that Duncan’s statement “will make people think that mental illness is a side effect of the vaccine.”
this tweet will just make people think mental illness is a side effect of the vaccine
— Jessica O’Boy-Football-is-Back-Donnell (@heckyessica) August 29, 2021
And, Daily Wire and Washington Examiner contributor Harry Khachatrian suggested that Duncan take “a break from the internet.”
consider taking a break from the internet for a while
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) August 29, 2021
Duncan’s comments come as public officials and corporations alike are taking steps to de-platform and delegitimize critics of mask-wearing. (RELATED: Protests Against Mask And Vaccine Mandates Erupts In LA)
YouTube recently suspended Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a licensed physician, after he questioned the efficacy of masks, specifically store-bought masks, in preventing the spread of COVID-19, as previously reported by the Daily Caller.
The former Republican governor of California and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger also recently went on a tirade against anti-maskers, saying that if you don’t wear a mask, then “you kill someone.” He also dismissed any arguments relating to infringements on an individual’s liberty or freedom, telling those concerned about being forced to wear a mask, “screw your freedom,” the Daily Caller reported.