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Even Trump Is Now Saying To Get Vaccinated — And His Fans Hate It

Even Trump Is Now Saying To Get Vaccinated — And His Fans Hate It

For a while, some Republicans, seeing the hospitals in their states packing full of COVID-19 victims, have shifted to encouraging their constituents to get vaccinated and take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s a reversal from the covid-denial and ant-vax sentiments we saw throughout the past months.

CULLMAN, USA – AUGUST 21: Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at a major rally hosted by the Alabama Republican Party and in conjunction with the Alabama Republican Party’s Summer Meeting to support the MAGA agenda in Cullman, Alabama in Cullman, AL, United States on August 21, 2021. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

However, Donald Trump, who got the vaccine in secret before leaving the White House in January, has tried to simultaneously take credit for the vaccines and not endorse their use at all. In fact, he’s been so reticent to speak in support of vaccination that nearly half of his supporters in a poll didn’t believe he’d actually received the vaccine!

At a rally in Alabama, the former president corrected the record — and his fans stopped cheering to boo and shout angrily.

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“Take the vaccines! I did it! It’s good, take the vaccines…You’ve got your freedoms, but I happened to take the vaccine. If it doesn’t work, you’ll be the first to know.”

Of course, departure from a previous message (and subsequent return to it) isn’t anything new for Trump. In fact, as Washington Post reported last week, he’d already spoken in support of vaccines on Fox News — only to do a u-turn and bash booster shots as a money-grab when host Maria Bartiromo pushed him in that direction.

It’s not clear whether Trump’s new support of vaccines will influence any of his supporters at all, especially since they’ve gotten upset at him before for taking credit for them, and the response at his rally wasn’t exactly hopeful.

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