Trump Claims Credit For Vaccines, But Won’t Endorse Them
Former President Donald Trump wants to be given all the credit for COVID-19 vaccines, but doesn’t want to actually endorse them or suggest that all Americans should receive them.
A new PSA features living former presidents endorsing the vaccination program. George W. Bush says, “In order to get rid of this pandemic, it’s important for our fellow citizens to get vaccinated.” Bill Clinton’s statement is, “We’ve lost enough people and we’ve suffered enough damage.” Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama also weigh in, encouraging the public to take the vaccine as soon as it’s available.
Former presidents and first ladies urge Americans to get vaccinated in new PSA released by The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative.
Former President Trump did not appear. pic.twitter.com/qBezikP3oK
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Noticeably absent is Donald Trump, the most recent former president. Despite not participating in this PSA endorsing the vaccination program, Trump released a statement earlier this week taking the credit.
The Boston Herald reports that Trump said, “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all.”
Trump’s mixed messaging on vaccines isn’t new. In December, CNN reported that Trump would delay getting the vaccine himself, after getting antibody treatment during his illness.
However, it was later revealed that he secretly received the shot in January, before leaving the White House. He did not make this information public, though it might have encouraged some of his supporters to trust the medical science and receive the vaccine too.
While the Trump administration was caught lying about vaccine distribution and the Biden administration has secured more doses and promises that every adult who wants to be vaccinated will have access within the next few months, the former president has continued to try to take credit for the availability of the vaccine.