It appears Congressman Cline has decided to make opposition to vaccine mandates a key issue of his reelection campaign.
In November he made the ridiculous claim that mandates were responsible for the labor shortage.
Now he has posted this campaign ad on Facebook:
What stands out here is the shameful scaremongering.
There is no COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children in Virginia or anywhere else. But there are vaccine mandates to protect children from other diseases. Until recently these were almost entirely uncontroversial. I presume Cline’s own children had to get them. There’s no doubt these vaccines have saved many thousands of children from serious illness or death.
The image this ad presents– of a child cowering in terror while some heartless medical professional prepares to painfully inject God-knows-what into him– is insidious.
Like most children, I hated getting shots. Although it was a long time ago, I seem to remember screaming at the prospect and crying for some time afterwards. But you know what? I’m damn glad I got them.
In January Cline posted this on his Congressional Facebook page:
At the time I replied:
So Congressman, are you saying that public schools should not be allowed to require ANY of the vaccinations that have been mandated for decades with no serious opposition?
Yes or no?
I did not get a response then. But I’d still like to know the answer. I’m sure many others in the Sixth District would too.
I hope they and the local media will ask him.