Trump Advisers Urge Him To Encourage Supporters To Get Vaccinated
Donald Trump may be four months out of office and ensconced in his Mar-a-Lago retirement home in Florida, but the twice-impeached, one term former president still holds tremendous sway over his legion of followers. Many of those are resistant to getting the coronavirus vaccine and some of his closest advisers are telling Trump that it would be a wise move on his part to make a public declaration encouraging his followers to roll up their sleeves and get jabbed.
Those advisers are urging Trump to record a public service announcement that clearly and directly tells his faithful to go get vaccinated.
“Vaccines are widely regarded as one of Trump’s great accomplishment,” one adviser told CNN, “and Trump understands that his legacy is at risk because half of his supporters are not taking the vaccine. It’s just not clear yet if he understands that he’s the only one who can fix this.”
Another adviser said, “In Trump country, if you want to call it that, there are still significant numbers of people who aren’t sure [COVID-19] is a real thing, despite folks getting sick, and there are lots of suspicions about the vaccine. They have literally said to me, ‘I want to hear from the president about this.’ I don’t think they’re going to listen to anyone else.”
In an April 19 appearance on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Trump said that he would make a “commercial” about the vaccine, but did not make a firm commitment. “They want me to do a commercial saying take the vaccine,” Trump said, “and they think that’s very important and I’d certainly do it.” Trump and former first lady Melania Trump secretly were vaccinated before leaving the White House in January. It took more than a month for the two, who both contracted COVID-19 last year, to admit they had taken the vaccine.
A March survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 54 percent of Republicans either are hesitant or outright opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.