It’s the pandemic equal of GOP pols feeling obliged to humor Trump’s “rigged election” claims to some better or lesser extent. Not one in 100 Republican officers really believes the election was stolen, I’d conservatively estimate. However the share of the bottom that believes it’s even bigger than the share that’s resisting vaccination. It’s a populist litmus check, one which an formidable politician dare not fail lest he name into query his “one in all us” cred. So simply as all (nicely, most) GOP governors and members of Congress must pay lip service to “irregularities” final November to reassure MAGA followers that their election suspicions warrant respect, Tucker and DeSantis have to indicate various levels of respect for the selection made by the unvaccinated to hazard themselves and people round them. They’re not anti-vax, however they’ll defend your honor in opposition to pro-vaxxers of assorted stripes.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/15/ron-desantis-gops-acquired-immunity-correcting-vaccine-misinformation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wp_politics | Ron DeSantis and GOP refuse to appropriate vaccine misinformation