Nearly half of Democrats would favor rounding up those who have declined to get the Covid shot into camps, according to a recent poll.
The survey by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute investigated Democrat and Republican voters’ views on Covid-related issues and asked whether they would approve of various punishments for unvaccinated Americans. The poll found that 45 percent of Democrats approve of placing the unvaccinated in “designated facilities.”
Additionally, a majority (59 percent) of Democrats supported putting the unvaccinated under effective house arrest, while nearly half (47 percent) wanted to see “a government tracking program” for the vaccine-hesitant.
Forty-eight percent of Democrats surveyed approved of government fines or imprisonment for those who “publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines” online, and almost three in 10 Democrat respondents (29 percent) said they would support separating unvaccinated parents from their children.
These astounding results fit right in with Democrats’ historical track record of threatening to limit the freedom of their political adversaries, including taking legal action against them.
Democrats’ determination to treat the unvaccinated as a lesser class of citizens who post a threat to America — up to signaling support for placing unvaccinated Americans in “designated facilities” — recalls Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to place thousands of Japanese Americans into internment camps between 1942 and 1945. Eighty years later, the Democrat party still wishes to ostracize those whom they consider a threat, to the point of being open to confining and silencing political adversaries.
The poll’s revelation that nearly half of Democrats approve of fining or imprisoning Americans who publicly raise doubt about Covid vaccines also continues a long Democrat tradition of seeing to silence opposition. Even before the Biden White House colluded with Big Tech platforms to silence dissidents, the Democratic National Committee platform called for targeting citizens’ First Amendment rights in seeking to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
The court’s Citizens United ruling came after the conservative group was blocked from publishing a film about Hillary Clinton which cast the Democrat presidential candidate in a negative light. The court ruled in favor of Citizens United, deeming that the Federal Election Commission’s blocking of the film infringed on Citizens United’s First Amendment rights. Since then, Democrats have decried the decision and sought its reversal.
Additionally, Democrats have campaigned on other drastic authoritarian measures like taking away firearms from law-abiding citizens and defunding local police. Americans’ clearly enumerated freedoms mean nothing to Democrats who believe their agenda trumps everything else.
Alasdaire Fleitas is an intern at The Federalist and a student at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she studies psychology and religious studies.