GOP Rep. Byron Donalds vs. CNN's Cuomo: Not Being Vaccinated "Doesn't Make You A Free Person" | Video | RealClearPolitics

GOP Rep. Byron Donalds vs. CNN's Cuomo: Not Being Vaccinated "Doesn't Make You A Free Person"


Rep. Byron Donalds clashed with CNN host Chris Cuomo on Monday night over the Florida Congressman's refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Do you feel responsible for spreading the message where ‘I’m not going to take it because I don't care what Biden wants! Byron Donalds is not going to take it because he doesn't care what Biden wants!' Do you think that's a good message for people to hear?" Cuomo asked.

"Well, the first thing is my message was never about Joe Biden," Donalds responded. "My message was about me and my own personal health."

"Funny. I never brought up [President Biden] when I was deciding whether or not to get vaccinated. Why did you?" Cuomo asked.

"A reporter asked me on a news show and I said it has nothing to do with what he wants," Donalds replied. "I chose not to get vaccinated because I chose not to get vaccinated. I already had COVID-19 once, I'm 42 years old, I'm in very good health… that's a personal decision for myself, members of my family- my wife, my three kids, they've all had COVID. They're not getting vaccinated. They are all healthy. That is a decision they've all chosen to make."

"If people in the United States are concerned about contracting and being hospitalized and dying- of course, from COVID-19, please go get vaccinated. I will never tell you not to get vaccinated. What I am saying is I made a decision not to get vaccinated. It doesn't matter if it's you or Joe Biden or anybody else that's gonna stress or want me to get it. I'm not doing it because I made that decision as a free person."

"That doesn’t just make you a free person," Cuomo told Donalds. "It's about doing the right thing, the best thing."
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