On Thursday, a doctor who has been promoted by the Biden administration, Cleavon Gilman, said that Florida residents who don’t wear masks should be refused coronavirus vaccinations.
The doctor added, “Let ’em die.”
Gilman’s comments were in response to a viral video of a grocery store in Florida where employees and customers were not wearing masks.
As #Flordia fights community spread of COVID on a massive scale, this is a 15-second snapshot of a supermarket in Naples. Many employees and customers- even older ones- with no masks on inside. Store sign outside cites “medical exemptions,” we can’t ask questions. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/rNUSOPLjeB
— Sam Brock (@SamBrockNBC) February 3, 2021
Biden-Promoted Doctor: ‘Let ’Em Die.’
Dr. Cleavon Gilman captioned a video of the maskless Florida market-goers in a now-deleted post, “Naples, Florida. Let ’em die. I’m so tired of these people. No vaccine for y’all.”
Gilman wrote in a follow-up post, “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!”
“My spirits are high,” he added. “We’ll get through this pandemic together. I’ll keep doing my part until we’re all vaccinated.”
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
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After receiving criticism, Gilman defended himself, saying ‘Republicans’ were taking his deleted tweet 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.”
Gilman added, 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 finished on Twitter. “Many gasping for breath and devastated when they find out covid is not a hoax.”
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
CNBC’s Shep Smith Promotes Florida Video
President Joe Biden’s White House Twitter account has praised Gilman.
“We are thankful to Dr. Gilman and all the inspiring frontline workers who risk their lives to protect us during this pandemic,” the Twitter post read. “We promise you this: You have a partner in the Biden-Harris administration.”
The video Gilman was reacting to was reported on by CNBC host Shepard Smith.
“We all fantasize about a time when we won’t have to wear the masks anymore,” Smith said. “It’s not now, but some at a supermarket in Florida appear to have decided that the time is now.”
“Look at this,” Smith continued, “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?” Smith said. “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
The state of Florida does not have a mask mandate.