In a rare case of dealing with the truth, Donald Trump Champion of COVID-19 vaccine in one interview published on Wednesday, pushing back the Daily Wire’s attempt Candace Owens to devalue the footage, which he calls “very good.” Of course, the former president’s defense of vaccinations is as self-serving as anything he’s ever been, and by no means does he become a heroic defender of public health. But it was a gesture of welcome – albeit belatedly – that was hoped to help convince his protest supporters who were ultimately vaxxed.
The exchange with Owens began, like most Trump conversations, with a brag of self. “I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines,” he said, evoking the image of the former president wearing a lab coat and goggles in the Oval Office. “All very, very good. Came with three of them in less than nine months. It is supposed to take 5 to 12 years”.
“However, more people have died from COVID this year,” replied Owens, noting that the death toll is more “according to Joe Biden than below you. ” She added, “and more people got the vaccine this year. So people are questioning how – ”
“Oh no, vaccines work,” Trump interrupted, telling Owens that “the people who were very sick and had to go to the hospital were the ones who didn’t get the vaccine.”
“The results from the vaccine are very good, and if you get it [COVID], it’s a very small form,” Trump added. “People don’t die when they get the vaccine.”
Trump insists that “it’s still their choice” whether people want to take the stabs or not. But in making it clear that “if you get the vaccine, you’re protected” – even if it serves as an uncomfortable self-congratulation – Trump ultimately advocates for the most effective tool we have. there to fight the pandemic the way he was supposed to. Indeed, while Trump has repeatedly sought credit for vaccines that were developed while he was in office, he has send mixed signal about the pictures and decline to vigorously campaign for them, even though he himself, has been vaccinated and strengthened. The results don’t appear to be a coincidence: Counties have backed Trump, who has spent his final year in office downplaying the pandemic and politicizing public health measures. fall behind counties have chosen Biden when it comes to vaccination rates. That resistance has put not only his supporters at greater risk for the worst effects of COVID – it has affected the nation’s pandemic response as a whole.
With the more infectious omicron variant on the rise across the country, Biden has doubled down on his efforts to rally Americans around vaccines and boosters – even giving credit to the first. responsibility for their development in time address this week. But such pleas from the Democratic president seem unstoppable to those awash in misinformation, including those who have been manipulated by Trump to consider Biden illegitimate and by right-wing media consider vaccines and public health measures a tyranny of government.
Hesitancy about vaccines can be a complex issue involving many factors, not just politics. But for those inclined to listen to Trump, one question remains whether he can convince such supporters at this point.
Certainly, his words mean more to his true followers than anything that Biden or health officials like. Dr. Anthony Faucice can say – that’s why adviser, ally, and is different called on him to do more to promote vaccines. But the distrust he sows in public health and the politics he instills in the pandemic response has become so entrenched that there is nothing he can do about it, even if he really does. would like. When Trump disclosure in appearance with Bill O’Reilly on Sunday that he had received his COVID booster shot and suggested attendees do the same, his supporters booed. He said the mockers came from a “very small group” and that, by remaining unvaccinated, conservatives were “playing right into [Democrats’] hand. But the reaction suggested that some of his base might be out of reach.
It’s great that he’s directly combating misinformation – even if it’s because, as he admitted to O’Reilly on Sunday, he wants “credit” for the life-saving vaccine. However, it would have been nicer, if it hadn’t been for him to do so now.
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