The Biden administration released an advertisement on social media this week aimed at convincing young Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. I imagine the planning meeting went something like this:

Biden official: “We need to get more Americans vaccinated. How should we convince them? Who has ideas?”

White House intern: [Raises Hand] “I follow a gay comedian on Instagram who’s super popular with my age group. Why don’t we partner with him?”

Biden official: “Do we need young people to get the vaccine? Are young Americans at risk of dying from COVID, and are young Americans among the hesitant populations?”

White House intern: “No idea. But check out this video! It’s hilarious.”

Biden official: “You’re right. That is funny. Approved!”

You think I’m kidding, but I have no idea how else this idea got past Biden’s communications team.

I don’t actually recommend that you watch it, so I’ll summarize. The bit features a social media comedian known as “Benny Drama,” who pretends to be a White House intern. He acts flamboyantly gay (what Abigail Shrier called a “horrifically homophobic portrayal”) as he prances around the White House and interacts with Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“We need to get shots in the arms of every single American,” Benny says as Psaki nods.

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For a comedian, Benny Drama isn’t very funny, but that’s not the point. The video, which is only one of 100 videos targeting young people, demonstrates the abject cluelessness of this administration.

First, it proves that they don’t understand the COVID-19 virus or who it affects. According to the CDC, less than 3,000 Americans under the age of 30 have died from anything “involving COVID-19.” Those could include a host of underlying factors, but let’s say for the sake of argument that all those deaths were solely attributable to the virus.

People under 30 years of age represent 0.4% of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States. If you only include Americans 0-17 years of age, that number drops down to 0.06% of all COVID deaths.

Each of those deaths is a tragedy that will mark those families for life. But statistically speaking, young people are not at risk of dying from COVID-19. Spending time and money working with social media “influencers” to target young people demonstrates that Biden and his team still don’t understand how this virus works.

But let’s assume that even people over age 30 would be influenced by Benny Drama’s antics. Is a homosexual man wearing makeup likely to appeal to the demographics most hesitant to take the COVID vaccine?

As many others have pointed out, the answer is a resounding NO. Donald Trump, Jr., summed it up nicely:

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The adults are not back in charge at the White House. If I had to guess, I’d say that their communications efforts are being directed by children who are entertained by the likes of Benny Drama. Their ad campaign won’t convince more at-risk Americans to get vaccinated, but it will convince Americans of something else: that Biden and his team can’t be trusted to administer our country’s vaccination campaign.

We’ve already seen public opinion starting to turn. According to a recent poll from Convention of States Action and the Trafalgar Group, a majority of Americans don’t trust the federal government to tell them the truth about COVID-19 vaccines.

That includes 53% of Independent and 72% of Republicans, the political group most hesitant to get the jab.

Despite their obvious incompetence, the Biden administration has the nerve to dictate healthcare decisions to everyday Americans. Officials have expressed support for a vaccine mandate, and it’s only a matter of time before the president starts leaning on state governments to impose the mandate.

I don’t know how this will end, but I can tell you one thing: the American people aren’t going to sit by while the Benny Drama administration tries to run their lives.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.