Donald Trump, who is still dangling a possible 2024 Presidential run over voters and donors, is walking a fine line on the matter of vaccination against COVID-19. He’s been booed by his fans for the line he’s currently taking, but in an interview with right-wing provocateur Candace Owens, he held that line firmly, pushing back when she tried to suggest there was reason to doubt the efficacy of the vaccines.
Owens has made it very clear she’s not a fan of vaccine mandates, and has expressed distattes and distrust for the vaccines themselves. She’s even explicitly tweeted that the government and health officials are lying about the vaccines, which she says doesn’t work at all.
Donald Trump: 'The Vaccine is one of the greatest achievements of mankind' 'All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) are very good' 'The vaccines work – If you take the vaccine you are protected' 'People aren't dying when they take the vaccine' pic.twitter.com/fU8q1sdMda
— Popper (@Kukicat7) December 22, 2021
However, statistics continue to show that the unvaccinated are at the most risk of death from the virus, and Republican voters, by a significant margin, make up the majority of the unvaccinated. Trump’s COVID-19 denial strategies didn’t play well for him in 2020, and as he throws his support behind Republican candidates in the 2022 midterms and holds open the possibility of his own candidacy in 2024, he’s been saying positive things lately about vaccines.
In the clip above, he agrees with Owens about vaccine mandates being the wrong idea, but also cuts her off to affirm that the vaccines work and that most people getting severely ill are the unvaccinated (then of course takes the credit for the rapid development of those vaccines.)
Owens herself continues to push the narrative that new variants of the virus are actually just a cover-up of the failure of vaccines, rather than the way that viruses naturally evolve and change as they’re passed through the population.
I love how we’ve committed to referring to the many cases of Covid in vaccinated individuals as “breakthrough infections”, as opposed to questioning the efficacy of vaccines.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) December 20, 2021
What's Your Reaction?
Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com