Bari Weiss Tells Bill Maher Pandemic Policy Will Be Remembered as a ‘Catastrophic Moral Crime’


Writer and podcast host Bari Weiss said on HBO’s Real Time that continuing extreme pandemic measures like school closures or mask mandates will someday be remembered as a “catastrophic moral crime.”

Weiss and Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) talked with host Bill Maher at length about covid, covering everything from mandates and vaccines to Florida vs. New York on Friday night.

In part of that discussion, Weiss argued that the continuing of some pandemic control policies flies in the face of the science that liberals profess to adhere to and that many of her friends from that side of the aisle are afraid to say so.

“We were told, you get the vaccine. You get the vaccine and you get back to normal. And, we haven’t gotten back to normal, and it’s ridiculous at this point,” said Weiss. “I know that so many of my liberal and progressive friends are with me on this and they do not want to say it out loud because they are scared to be called anti-vax or to be called science denial, or to be, you know, smeared as a Trumper.”

“I’m sorry if you believe the science, you will look at the data that we did not have two years ago, and you will find out that cloth masks do not do anything,” Weiss continued. “You will realize that you can show your vaccine passport at a restaurant and still be asymptomatic and carrying Omicron.”

“And you will realize, most importantly, that this is going to be remembered by the younger generation as a catastrophic moral crime,” she said.

Weiss discussed some of the terrible fallout from strict covid measures, including harm to kids who are being kept from school, an increase in self-harm among young women, and rising suicides.

“People are killing themselves. They are anxious, they are depressed, they are lonely. That is why we need to end it more than any inconvenience that it’s been to the rest of us,” said Weiss. “I think it’s like, at this point, it’s a pandemic, a bureaucracy, it’s a pandemic of bureaucracy. It’s not it’s not real anymore.”

As the discussion continued, Rep. Torres responded to the many ills and harms by saying that hundreds of thousands have died from covid and that in the “early weeks and early months” of the pandemic, it was a “catastrophe” for New York, although neither Weiss nor Maher suggested otherwise in the first place.

As covid continues to spread among the vaccinated, the unvaccinated continue to fill up emergency rooms and ICUs, and ill consequences to jobs, middle and lower class incomes and wages, and children continue to pile up and escalate, the question of keeping in place or reinstating harsh covid measures has been an increasingly prominent debate.

Meanwhile, social media companies have cracked down hard on what they deem to be misinformation on vaccines, masks, and covid in general. When that topic came up on Saturday’s Fox & Friends, Dan Bongino brought up this Real Time segment, praising Weiss in making his own case that history will judge these times harshly.

Watch the clip above, via HBO’S Real Time with Bill Maher.

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