Sarah Palin: ‘I believe in the science and I have not taken the shot’

Sarah Palin Speaks at CPAC

Let’s check in on Sarah Palin, shall we? Palin wasn’t super-active during the 2020 election cycle, but I don’t think she’s really been in hiding either. It’s more like… Palin is no longer an energizing political figure for the left or the right. She outgrew her usefulness for both sides, so now she’s left to take whatever political scraps she can from the Trump bandwagon. She makes a handful of television appearances every year, and late last week, she appeared on one of those dreadful Fox News shows. The conversation turned to vaccines and Palin said that she’s proudly unvaccinated because – wait for it – she believes in science.

Sarah Palin said she has not taken the vaccine, citing that she believes in science. On a Thursday episode of Fox News’s “Gutfeld!” the former Alaska governor explained why she hasn’t gotten the jab.

“I believe in the science and I have not taken the shot,” Palin said.

Palin, once a contender for becoming the first female vice president on John McCain’s 2008 presidential ticket, used a snippet from Anthony Fauci’s argument about being previously infected with COVID-19 and building immunity.

“The Fauci-ism of the day, back then, was if you’ve had COVID — I’ve had COVID — well then mother nature was creating an immunity,” Palin said. “And even today they say you’re 27 percent more immune—”

“Twenty-seven times,” fellow guest Drew Pinsky, best known for treating celebrities on reality tv, chimed in, referencing a recent study from Israel which backed up Palin’s claims that previously infected people were significantly less likely than vaccinated people to contract the delta variant. “So I want to ask the questions,” Palin said.

[From The Hill]

I don’t really know what to say here… okay, let me try. Ignorant people need to stop cherry-picking which “science” they believe in. I’m sure there are studies that show that if you’ve survived Covid, you’re less likely to be reinfected immediately. There are also studies that show that people can get Covid multiple times, especially since Covid can significantly weaken your immune system. Oh, and every scientific study shows the efficacy of vaccines. Full stop.

It really is mind-blowing how many right-ring figures are pushing anti-vaccine disinformation to their own people. The Republican Party is not just a death cult, they’re actively trying to kill their own people.

Sarah Palin Speaks at CPAC

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  1. PeacefulParsley says:

    This is on brand for her. She never seems to know what’s coming out of her own mouth.

    • josephine says:

      What’s on brand for her is to say anything that gets attention. I think it’s too generous to refer to her as a politician. She barely served and quit when it became work. She’s an opportunist, and in my estimation, incredibly lazy. But imo that’s the conservative way — just say any crap whatsoever without regard to truth or decency and then collect money from poor people under the guise of political fundraising and appearances to stir the masses.

    • SpankFD says:

      Is Sarah hypocritical enough to tout the T**** party line while getting vaccinated on the DL?

      What I don’t understand is the fearlessness in the face of long haul Covid. Even a so-called “light” case can re-emerge with desperate symptoms affecting heart, lungs, nerves, brain, etc.

      Every time you get re-infected you are spinning a roulette wheel. Will I be lucky this time? Will I get away again without consequences?

      Tell them to get the d*mn shot, Sarah.

    • Cara says:

      That is an amazing narrative for this women.
      I love it!!

  2. Veronica S. says:

    I wonder, sometimes, if John McCain ever regretted later unleashing this woman on all of us. Nothing that we’re seeing now isn’t anything that had its roots in trends growing over decades in our history, but she did help usher in a certain kind of validity to incredibly ignorant, utterly vapid commentary to the mainstream political spectrum with her arrival that’s just increasingly gone downhill since.

    • lanne says:

      John McCain wanted Joe Lieberman as his running mate. Had he chosen Joe, he likely would have won. Sarah Palin was a slop to ultra conservatives, which John McCain never was. Joe Manchin is more conservative as a Democrat than John McCain was. I heard an interview with Cindy McCain and she said openly that they regretted the choice of Sarah palin. She was an absolute lightweight who actually quit her job as governor in order to “be famous.”

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        And Steve Schmidt can NEVER earn redemption for pushing her on McCain, no matter how hard he tries/ how loudly he crows. I like watching Nicolle Wallace’s show, but always turn it off when she includes him.

    • Sarah says:

      Yes John McCain admitted to regretting his choice of Palin over Joe Lieberman. It’s on the record.

  3. cindyloowho says:

    “The Republican Party is not just a death cult, they’re actively trying to kill their own people.”

    Let them!

    • TQ says:

      Exactly! At this point, after everything that’s happened, if they are determined to kill themselves, nothing can be done. If there are fewer covidiots voting against our collective best interests in upcoming elections, I can’t say I’m mad at that.

      • kat says:

        This is what I can’t understand. From the Republican “establishment” or whatever pushing anti vaxx…what’s the end goal? Just to be contrary? To be anti establishment? Because it really is just killing their base. I don’t understand the motivation.

      • josephine says:

        @ kat – i think the motivation is money. saying these things somehow gets people to donate to them, and once elected, they can use the govt and lobbyists as their own personal piggy banks. they don’t care about the longterm health of the party – they just want their easy money.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Did you see the (unintentionally) HILARIOUS article on Breitbart the other day?

      This fool was saying that liberals were using reverse psychology on conservatives, making vaccines so political that they’d avoid the vax just to own the libs. Telling people to take the vaccine is actually a diabolical plot to get them to NOT take the vaccine. I don’t usually like spreading filth, but in this case it is too comical to do harm. John Nolte at Breitbart wrote:

      “If I wanted to use reverse psychology to convince people not to get a life-saving vaccination, I would do exactly what Stern and the left are doing… I would bully and taunt and mock and ridicule you for not getting vaccinated, knowing the human response would be, Hey, f**k you, I’m never getting vaccinated!”

      “Could it be…? Could it possibly be that the left has manipulated huge swathes of Trump voters into believing they are owning the left by not taking the life-saving Trump Vaccine?”

      • Kate says:

        oh my god. ok dudes whatever mental gymnastics you need to do to convince yourselves it’s a good idea to get the vaccine. jesus

      • Tiffany :) says:

        It’s mind blowing, isn’t it?

        To pretend that telling someone to do the right thing HAS to be because you really want them to do the wrong thing is so twisted! They are all so paranoid they can’t make life saving decisions without considering politics. They are so jaded they can’t imagine people wanting everyone, no matter political leanings, to survive this global health crisis. They see the darkness inside themselves in everyone else.

  4. lucy2 says:

    She’s like Punxsutawney Phil, crawling out of some hole every 12 months or so. But not as smart as the groundhog.

    • Soapboxpudding says:

      I see you’re a fellow Pennsylvanian! Living in Ontario now and Wiarton Willie just isn’t the same. Punxy Phil 4Eva.

    • The Recluse says:

      She has that bad habit, doesn’t she? Crawling out from under some rock somewhere to remind us of her mediocrity. I doubt she’s idle. She’s got some kind of crony grift going on somewhere. There was/is a blogger who was keeping track of her antics up in Alaska: The Immoral Minority.

  5. Murphy says:

    Just another GOP robot that’s terrified of Trump’s base of rabid monsters.

  6. Eve says:

    Sarah Palin is still around?

    And here I thought she had gone back for her home planet…in another galaxy…

    *sigh*

  7. Rai says:

    Palin is smarter than she pretends on fox news…which is why she wasn’t active in 2020. She also understands her death cult friends, which is why she’s lying about not being vaxxed.

    No way she’s not vaxxed. She’s vaxxed as is her brood of offspring. But gotta keep the grift moving…

  8. LaraK says:

    They really do cherry-pick science, just like they cherry-pick the Bible.

    • deezee says:

      This is exactly what I was going to write. It is so true.

    • Erin says:

      Thank you! My inlaws in a nutshell. They had covid so now they think they are forever immune and because it wasn’t that bad for them all the data is a lie. They never took precautions in the first place and still won’t and they wonder why we don’t want to see them.

  9. Traveler says:

    Gawd, I wish I never had to see this woman’s mug again.

  10. Rapunzel says:

    So according to her, science says getting the illness gives immunity to the illness, so we should question why we need vaccines?

    Is that her argument? Cause that’s pretzel thinking.

    I want to scream at these folks: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, didn’t your mother teach you that!?

    There is no justification anymore. It’s either risk the unknown of the disease or risk the unknown of the vaccine. Considering the fact that risking the vaccine might actually stop variant mutations, prevent hospitalization, and actually make this virus something manageable to live with, the choice is clear. Why anyone would risk this disease that they will likely get again because they’re afraid of the effects of a vaccine is dumb. We know more about the possible ill effects of the vaccine, which are slim and generally limited to occurring soon after the shot, than we do the long term effects of covid, which is extremely unpredictable.

  11. Emma says:

    It’s not immunity but there is some protection for three months after having had Covid no? — I didn’t think it was at all equivalent to or better than the vaccine itself though? Is she just completely wrong or what is going on? Ugh.

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      What if we find out it’s like chicken pox and years later everyone who got it ends up with something like shingles? I want all of the vaccines. I’m celebrating my 50th birthday by going to CVS to get the shingles vaccine. The less diseases I get the better.

      • Emma says:

        Shingles is a nightmare. I’ve heard from several older friends who had severe cases and still feel the effects years later.

      • Quincytoo says:

        I’ve had shingles twice now on my left hip from front to back, first time was so horrible second case mild
        Two years later it can still hurt to wear button up slacks or skirts
        Get the vaccine

      • Jaded says:

        Good about the shot fluffy — I had shingles on my right butt going down the back of my leg. The pain was so bad I couldn’t sit for 2 weeks (have you ever tried peeing while hovering over the toilet…not pretty).

      • Shoshone says:

        Shingles can be fatal if it goes to your brain. It can also cause permanent (and severe) damage to your brain.

      • april says:

        I had a bad case of shingles about 5 years ago when I broke my wrist badly. If you have a lot of stress in your life, it can activate the shingles virus because your immune system wanes with stress. I had postherpetic shingles pain for 8 months after shingles. You can get complications from shingles wherein the postherpetic neuralgia pain can last for decades. Shingles can also appear on your face and get into your eyes and cause blindness. Get the shingles vaccination!

      • BeanieBean says:

        Late to the discussion but I had shingles at age 33, on my FACE. Oh my god it hurt! And it was one nerve path away from my right eye, so I was lucky. It ain’t just for seniors only!

  12. teehee says:

    Things are never consistent, never thorough, never logical when coming from somone who is being selfish and trying to harm others, either directly or indirectly.
    In the case of political parties, we have Rights trying intentionally to harm Lefts, so in comes the by-the-book dysfunction: lying, stealing, cheating, cherry-picking, gerrymandering, obstructing, meandering, and never, and I mean NEVER being consistent; the “rules” are based n feelings of the day and mostly just feelings that are roused with the intent to oppose and obstruct the opposite party- so expect no coherence, consistency, factual basis or thoroughness to arise uder any circumstances.
    Its all just a “winners take all” state of mind, and nothing else.
    Nothing else at all.

    No concern for millions of people, no concern for right or wrong or coherence to what is said a day or a year ago.

    Just winners versus losers, to them.

  13. Lionel says:

    And I believe in karma, Sarah.

  14. Lizzie says:

    Until the there are serious studies on how long natural immunity lasts or it’s efficacy then she is spouting non-science. I also believe she has the vaccine and is just so so so glad to be back on Fox.

  15. Livvers says:

    What does she think about the science showing people with Down’s Syndrome have poorer outcomes and higher risk from Covid-19, especially those predisposed to heart defects? What a BOZO.

    • Erika says:

      THIS RIGHT HERE.

      Her son is SUBSTAINTIALLY more likely to have complications and die from COVID. My godson hasn’t been able to do a goddamn thing because his parents already have a dead child and are terrified of another one. How utterly disgusting, pro-life my ass.

  16. Susan says:

    She can see Russia from her house!

  17. Annabel says:

    “I believe in the science but also I don’t understand the science and also all of my information comes from Facebook and I don’t care about the rest of society, also I’m desperate to get back into the news cycle with a controversial statement, so I have not taken the shot”

  18. Ann says:

    Her upper lip doesn’t move.

  19. Lizzie Bathory says:

    God, she’s such an asshole.

  20. Lionel says:

    On a different note, remember when Dr Drew was the voice of reason? WTF happened to him?

    • Swack says:

      I want to know how you go from Palin’s 27% more immune to Pinsky’s 27 times, i.e 27% of 100 is only 27 whereas 27 times is 270. Pinsky just showed what an idiot he is!

  21. Lynne says:

    Digging pretty low trying to find a voice when you have to use Sarah Palin for your scientific point.
    Get the vax, you will not only help yourself and your family, you will help others.
    Let’s get on this and beat this pandemic back.

  22. jferber says:

    My God, is that stigmata on her hands? Or red sharpie? Bitch is and has always been a hot mess. Sit downnnn.

    • Rapunzel says:

      It says ❤ vet

      Is that pandering to veterans, or veterinarians? Or is it a note to herself to make sure she doesn’t forget to pander?

  23. Krista says:

    OMG this dingbat again. Honestly, why is she still relevant in any way?

  24. psl says:

    Her again?
    Don’t we have enough moronic women speaking up? We need her input too?

  25. Sarah says:

    I can’t with Drew. I can’t. Nothing makes me more angry. He spread the lie that covid “panic” was worse than covid—what he didn’t say was that he really meant STOCK MARKET PANIC. Still spreading lies. I can’t.

  26. olliesmom says:

    She might not believe in the vaccine, but by the looks of those photos she believes in anything that she can inject into her face!

    Once a dipsh*t, always a dipsh*t.

  27. Sue Denim says:

    I went down a rabbit hole years ago trying to figure out if she was really pregnant with Trig or was hiding her daughter’s pregnancy for her. I def have thoughts… But overall the level of cynicism and duplicity runs deep w this one. She prob was vaxxed as others here have said, but facts just don’t matter in her post-fact world…

  28. Merricat says:

    This bag of nonsense will say whatever it takes to get a microphone in her face.

  29. Kristen says:

    Oh wow. First of all, 27% and 27 times more are not the same thing.

    Secondly, if you’ve had Covid you may have 27% more protection from (re)infection than if you’ve neither had Covid or the vaccine, but that’s only against ONE variant (the one you had). The vaccine provides what looks to be 76% – 94% protection against ALL variants. Which, for anyone (like Palin and Drew) who don’t seem great at math: it is MUCH more.

  30. Tanya says:

    This is such a pet peeve. Science isn’t something that you “believe in”. It’s not like God or Santa. Science is based on facts and evidence. Sometimes there are issues with a scientific process or the interpretation of results, etc., but it’s not about beliefs. If people don’t want to “trust” the science for whatever reason, that’s a different issue that can be discussed. I think it’s very problematic to use the language of belief because it steers us away from the idea that science is fact-based. I just feel like it equates science with religion in some way which makes be cringe hard. Some may say that it’s just Sarah being lazy with her language, but I think it is purposeful.

    • Kate says:

      Good point. I always cringe when I say I “believe in science” but I couldn’t put a finger on why. It definitely seems like just an obvious statement like I believe in hands. Although I thought she said “believe in science” to further muddy the water of what the current scientific research and advice is saying. It lets her appear to be a reasonable vaccine doubter, when in reality she is just ignoring everything that any scientist or doctor is saying about vaccines.

  31. pottymouth pup says:

    I’ve read that Israeli study and even the authors note there are significant confounders & caveats but Sarah Palin is welcome to immerse her unvaccinated self to GQP superspreader events and let us know how that works out for her and her at-risk son

  32. Grant says:

    Still as dumb as a box of hair, I see. Truly scary to imagine that this woman could have been a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    • olliesmom says:

      That is a frightening thought isn’t it?

      Remember the good old days when she was mayor of Moose Balls, Alaska and we had no idea who she was?

      She might not believe in the vaccine, but by the looks of those photos she believes in anything that she can inject into her face!

      Once a dipsh*t, always a dipsh*t.

    • TigerMcQueen says:

      You should be ashamed…for insulting hair. My hair is way smarter than that that dingbat will ever be.

  33. Serena says:

    Then I believe she is an idiot.

  34. death by bacon says:

    Dr. Drew what a jerk. And that is the sound of my heart breaking i use to stan hard.

    I’ve never liked the devils little go go dancer.👿

  35. AmberMarie says:

    This statement in and of itself is an oxymoron. If you believe in it, TAKE IT.

  36. Annaloo. says:

    You know something, I BETCHA she has gotten the shot and is lying to further her career. She’s always been a hypocrite.

  37. Amy T says:

    The Word Salad Queen has Spoken.

  38. JustMe says:

    Honestly at this point I’m waiting for someone to sue their parents for vaccinating them as babies against polio and whooping cough cause they didn’t give consent. I’m so over society. I’m tired period.

  39. JRenee says:

    Would love to see her added to the name less contingency. I’m not sure who forced McCain to select her for the ticket, but she’s been irrelevant for awhile, let’s keep it that way…

  40. Noelle says:

    I hope I’m not alone, but she sounds as loopy as ever. I can see Russia and the end of this pandemic FROM MY HOUSE.

  41. Noelle says:

    I hope I’m not alone, but she sounds as loopy as ever. I can see Russia and the end of this pandemic FROM MY HOUSE.