Charlie Kirk calls vaccination efforts “virtue signaling”

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Citation From the July 21, 2021, edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight

CHARLIE KIRK (GUEST): Is it CNN's stated position now that they are going to try to administer medicine under the threat of punishment? You know, the analogy carrot vs stick is used usually when talking about incentives. What is the best way to compel human beings to get to a desired objective?

And is it CNN's position now that if someone decides to refuse to get the vaccine, like I have, that I'm going to come under some sort of punishment? What does that mean?

What does the stick look like in CNN's world? Are they reporting on the news, or are they trying to actually -- trying to subsidize or incentivize human beings towards a certain outcome? Are they trying to go after stories that are actually going to hold powerful people accountable?


TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): These are not experts, and yet, they are speaking with this moral authority, you must do this because we know -- and, of course, they don't know, and questions that anyone else raises, including on this show, they shout down immediately with slurs. Like, when -- when did this become their role, to do stuff like this?

KIRK: That's exactly right. The other question is why all of a sudden in the last 48 hours has there been this almost coordinated effort of people on the establishment center-right, kind of virtue signaling and telling every single person to get vaccinated, while we're starting to see this kind of disturbing increase of activity on the VAERS database?