A well-known emergency doctor who has been promoted by the Biden White House said Thursday that folks who did not wear masks to a market in Florida should be denied vaccinations against COVID-19, adding, “Let ’em die.”
In a now-deleted post, Dr. Cleavon Gilman captioned a video of the maskless Florida market-goers: “Naples, Florida. Let ’em die. I’m so tired of these people. No vaccine for y’all.”
“I’m working in the COVID ICU tonight! I’m so tired of giving 200% while others in the U.S. can’t even help by simply wearing a mask!” Gilman wrote in a follow-up post, adding, “My spirits are high. We’ll get through this pandemic together. I’ll keep doing my part until we’re all vaccinated.”
After taking heat for his initial and now-deleted post, the doctor claimed that “Republicans” were taking him out of context.
“Republicans trying to take my words out of context as if I deny medical care to people that don’t wear masks & ‘let ’em die,'” he said. “My point is that we can’t waste our energy on these COVID deniers. [They] are not gonna protect themselves so let ’em die. They’ll find out the hard way.”
“I treat every patient that comes through the door the same,” Gilman closed the Twitter thread. “Many gasping for breath and devastated when they find out covid is not a hoax.”
There is a very good reason why we are concerned about patient safety and leftwing activist medical professionals. pic.twitter.com/8R8bbPFU2D
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) February 4, 2021
The Blaze noted Thursday that the doctor, who claims to be “fighting for social justice and humanity,” has been praised by the official Biden White House Twitter account.
“We are thankful to Dr. Gilman and all the inspiring frontline workers who risk their lives to protect us during this pandemic,” the post said. “We promise you this: You have a partner in the Biden-Harris administration.”
We are thankful to Dr. Gilman and all the inspiring frontline workers who risk their lives to protect us during this pandemic.
We promise you this: You have a partner in the Biden-Harris administration. pic.twitter.com/vcDDL0rOLh
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 6, 2020
As reported by The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow, the video Gilman was reacting to was promoted by CNBC host Shepard Smith.
“We all fantasize about a time when we won’t have to wear the masks anymore,” Smith said on-air. “It’s not now, but some at a supermarket in Florida appear to have decided that the time is now.”
“Footage taken by NBC’s Sam Brock then played, showing customers at the checkout lanes at a grocery store not wearing masks,” Schow outlined. “The employees largely weren’t wearing masks either. The footage was shown with the same tone and level of shock that is usually reserved for video of the aftermath from natural disasters.”
“Look at this,” Smith told viewers, “this was the scene at Oakes Farms Seed to Table Market in Naples today. NBC’s Sam Brock took this video, which went viral. It looks like it was taken pre-pandemic, right? Most customers and employees not wearing masks at all (emphasis original).”
WATCH: This shocking video from @SamBrockNBC shows a market in Naples, FL where many customers and employees are not wearing face masks.
— The News with Shepard Smith (@thenewsoncnbc) February 4, 2021
“Florida does not mandate people wear face masks, yet the state with one of the largest senior populations in the country is doing much better, statistically, than many states with mask mandates and government restrictions on businesses,” Schow highlighted. “New York, for example, has had 43,687 deaths from COVID-19 despite having a smaller population than Florida, which has had 27,018 deaths from the virus.”
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