Democrat State Rep Baselessly Accuses Republicans of Denying ‘Data’ After Top COVID Vaccine Official Fired


One Democrat in the Tennessee Legislature is accusing the state of firing its top COVID-19 vaccine expert for partisan political reasons, despite the fact that no official reason has been given for her termination.

“Science denying TNGOP legislators demanded a sacrifice to their anti-mask, anti-vax, anti-fact ideology & a great woman, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, who worked tirelessly for Tennesseans every day during the pandemic was fired by [Gov. Bill Lee] to appease those who deny data & research,” state Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-TN-13) said on Twitter.

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In fact, the state has not given a reason for Fiscus’ firing, and there is certainly no evidence to suggest that Tennessee’s Republican officials had her fired because they “deny data & research,” or because they are “anti-mask,” “anti-vax,” or “anti-fact.”

Like most states, Tennessee imposed strict COVID-19 protection measures until earlier this year, when the vaccine became widely available to the public. Now, it is available to any Tennessee adult who wants to receive it. It is also available to all children ages 12 and older, with parental consent.

The Tennessee Star reached out to Johnson asking if she had any evidence or facts to support her claim. She did not return the comment request.

In a 1200 word statement, Fiscus aired her grievances after her termination. She claimed her firing was politically motivated, but also provided no evidence.

Here is an excerpt from the statement:

The public health professionals at the Tennessee Department of Health have worked themselves to exhaustion to protect Tennesseans from this virus. They are heroes. They have prevented suffering and saved countless lives. They are to be honored and commended, not cursed and vilified. And the “leaders” of this state who have put their heads in the sand and denied the existence of COVID-19 or who thought they knew better than the scientists who have spent their lives working to prevent disease… who have ignored the dead and dying surrounding them — even when their own colleagues have fought for their lives — they are what is “reprehensible.”

I am ashamed of them. I am afraid for my state. I am angry for the amazing people of the Tennessee Department of Health who have been mistreated by an uneducated public and leaders who have only their own interests in mind. And I am deeply saddened for the people of Tennessee, who will continue to become sick and die from this vaccine-preventable disease because they choose to listen to the nonsense spread by ignorant people.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].








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16 Thoughts to “Democrat State Rep Baselessly Accuses Republicans of Denying ‘Data’ After Top COVID Vaccine Official Fired”

  1. A Simms

    Please explain to me why we are seeing a household of vaccinated get covid and those not have not gotten it. I know more vaccinated people with covid than I ever knew of before vaccine was available.

  2. Sim

    “And I am deeply saddened for the people of Tennessee, who will continue to become sick and die from this vaccine-preventable disease because they choose to listen to the nonsense spread by ignorant people”.

    I suppose declaring a Pandemic taking place in a month (March 2020) that 15% fewer people died than any previous March, is some of the truth spread by intelligence people like her???

    There has never been a pandemic, and now the odds of dying from J&J vaccines are higher than the odds of dying from the virus. About 7% for the vaccine and .004% of dying.

    Mandate or no mandate, I’m not playing “Russian Roulette” with their vaccine and neither will I allow them to play it with my “Little Ones”.

    Country Governments/School Boards would be advised not to try mandating these shots for Children.

    When anyone becomes a threat to people’s children, People will very quickly become a Pandemic themselves.

  3. 83ragtop50

    Johnson is a retired teacher. Need I say more?

  4. Mark Knofler

    Hey Porkchop, ZERO data masks work, 13 studies prove it. And ZERO data kids need to be vaccinated, in fact if you are getting your child vaccinated to should face child abuse charges.

  5. jamesb

    another bolshevik posing as an expert in democrat clothing. get real toad face.

  6. Now I know who got to the deep-fried bacon wrapped around bacon and the pudding pops at the salad bar, before I had a chance to get any. White privilege,, indeed! The only thing not affected by supply chain shortages, are idiotic dems pontificating.

  7. Chitown Cap

    Do You know when a Democrat is lying?

    When their lips are moving

    1. SadButTrue

      or their fingers are typing

  8. Kevin

    The next time Rep. Johnson thinks about trying to make a profound statement regarding anything, she would do well to just reach for another twinkie!

    Per the US Constitution, “every State in this Union” is guaranteed a Republican form of government. So, when the Chief Executive does what the majority of Tennesseans want him to do, he’s following the Constitution! Overwhelmingly, the majority of Tennesseans object to government telling them what to do do, especially with regards to their children!

    But, I guess the whole house of cards would unravel if the Left admitted that the whole Covid thing was another one of their efforts to aggrandize the ruling class, shrink the middle class and further enslave the poor folk.

  9. LM

    Johnson and Fiscus are idiots!! I am sick to death of these stupid morons bitching about masks and what science they pulled out of their butts. NO – the health department is not made up of heroes- they do a job just like everybody else. If anybody is a danger to the public for spreading lies it’s people like Fiscus and Johnson , and all of those other dumb*sses that think there is ANY benefit whatsoever to wearing a mask to prevent COVID. These stupid idiots were allowed to cause lockdowns and mindless social restrictions that hurt people and economies , which will take YEARS to recover. They over – stated and downright lied about statistics , which also caused trauma to people that will have lasting negative impacts. Another thing- All of my children had all of the vaccines for school. I have always gotten the vaccines recommended for polio, tetanus, measles , all of the usuals. COVID shots are NOT in the same category. I am SO SICK of these people!!!! COVID – 19 is a real virus. It was created with money from power crazy elitists , and LET OUT of a lab in Wuhan. It was designed to get rid of people considered to be a burden – those in poor health. The public was lied to about masks and social distancing and told that they were effective measures for “slowing the spread” . The reality is , those measures do nothing , except provide a FALSE sense of protection , so people continued to expose themselves thinking they were safe , and then being shocked when they still caught COVID. The COVID shot does not work , THAT is documented. What it does do is cause heart infections and blood clots. THAT is documented , and probably grossly understated. What the shot is , is a huge money – maker for the same weasels that funded gain of function research ! So Johnson Fiscus , and all of you people who agree with them need to shut your stupid mouths!!

  10. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    If folks have not figured out that Dr. Fauci is a total fraud and belongs in prison, then you should turn the television off and start reading. In fact, the problem with America today is the television. The television and the La-Z-Boy are the two worst inventions ever made by man. Dr. David Martin out of the University of Virginia has been following the patent applications for the virus and for the test kits. We need a prosecutor to figure this out and prosecute these people for RICO violations.

  11. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    Someone should tell her that the majority of those that struggled with cold and flu season were comorbid and obese. Planet fitness is only $10 a month and a little sweat equity. Come on Shelby get with the program.

  12. Tim Price

    I knew this damn so called doctor had to be a liberal!

    Now her little liberal buddies come out of the woodwork!

    Gloria Johnson needs to get sent home!

  13. SadButTrue

    a democrat lied?

    in other news, the sky is blue.

    they dont even try to pretend to speak the truth any longer.

    they lie blantantly, openly, and often, without consequence.

  14. Horatio Bunce

    “…this vaccine-preventable disease…”

    So Fauci and no-license-Birx et al, the experts of “the science” are liars then? Because they have said all along that the unapproved gene therapy masquerading as “vaccine” will not prevent covid infections or spread of the disease – as the data shows. It is no more than a very expensive cold symptom remedy that also killed over 9000 people, injured hundreds of thousands and still rising, along with skyrocketing “breakthrough” vaccine failures, despite the conspiracy to hide the failures by no longer testing the vaccinated and not counting them as positive cases until they are hospitalized or dead. “Public Health” in this country is currently a giant, Big Pharma drug-dealing fraud.

    And I warned you that there would be severe adverse reactions to forcing these on children.

  15. Randy

    Fiscus and Johnson both need new jobs as they have failed miserably at the ones they had and have. Creating panic over a simple virus in an effort to score political points and control over others is….. reprehensible.