Left-wing comedian Bill Maher voiced America’s frustration over anti-science mask mandates, and it sent Whoopi Goldberg and her “The View” co-hosts spinning.
The “Real Time with Bill Maher” host echoed the exhaustion many Americans have felt about elites’ insistence on perpetuating a neverending pandemic.
“This, it’s just gone on too long. Nobody cares anymore,” Maher said on Friday. “I don’t want to live in a paranoid world anymore, your mask-paranoid world … It’s silly now. You know, you mask, you have to have a card, you have to have a booster, they scan your head like you’re a cashier and I’m a bunch of bananas. I’m not bananas, you are!”
While Maher spoke the mind of many Americans who are desperate for an end to the paranoia and precautions surrounding Covid, Whoopi Goldberg and her co-hosts slammed his comments on “The View” on Monday. Goldberg called Maher’s segment insensitive and bizarrely accused him of insinuating that vaccinated Americans are “sexually gratified” by taking precautions against Covid.
“Nobody on the planet really wants to go through this,” Goldberg said. “This is not something we’re doing because you know, it’s sexually gratifying.”
She went on to accuse Maher of overlooking the risks Covid poses to children who aren’t approved for vaccination yet, ignoring the fact that children are at extremely low risk of dying from Covid. “How dare you be so flippant, man?” she continued.
“I don’t think we’re to the post-mask part,” chimed in co-host Sara Haines. “Kind of like 9/11 with flying, [Covid restrictions are] always gonna be here now, there’s a new normal. … I may never go indoors to big crowds and ever feel comfortable without a mask.”
Goldberg’s far-fetched accusations are hardly merited by Maher’s comments, which speak for most Americans who are exhausted by paranoia surrounding the virus and the mandates that have emerged from it. Americans are desperate for an end to prolonged mask mandates, while government officials are claiming there is no end in sight.
Last month, during an interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that mask-wearing on airplanes will likely continue despite the fact that more than half of Americans are fully vaccinated.
Fauci signaled to Karl that, while he would support vaccine mandates for domestic flights, vaccine mandates don’t mean mask-wearing shouldn’t still continue.
“A vaccine requirement for a person getting on the plane is just another level of getting people to have a mechanism that would spur them to get vaccinated,” Fauci said. “So I mean, anything that could get people more vaccinated would be welcome.”
However, he continued, “We want to make sure people keep their masks on. I think the idea of taking masks off, in my mind, is really not something we should even be considering.”
Maher’s comments raise the question that is on so many Americans’ minds: When will this end? While coronavirus may dissipate, it is clear that there is no end in sight for the mandates it enabled. What’s more, the obscene reactions from Goldberg and others to occasional rationality from their fellow leftists prove there is deep-seated division in this country that, like mask mandates, isn’t going away anytime soon.