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WATCH: Mary Trump Analyzes Donald Trump’s Loss Of Control Of His Extremist Base

WATCH: Mary Trump Analyzes Donald Trump’s Loss Of Control Of His Extremist Base

Donald Trump still has a significant influence on the Republican Party, but how much influence does he have on his supporters? More than once we’ve seen him forced to shift to hold onto them, rather than having any effect on their views.

CULLMAN, ALABAMA – AUGUST 21: Former U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage for a “Save America” rally at York Family Farms on August 21, 2021 in Cullman, Alabama. With the number of coronavirus cases rising rapidly and no more ICU beds available in Alabama, the host city of Cullman declared a COVID-19-related state of emergency two days before the Trump rally. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, 67.5% of the state’s population has not been fully vaccinated. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Certainly Trump has admitted to downplaying COVID-19 when it first hit the country, declaring that it would just go away in a matter of weeks or months, and his fans ate it up.

Conspiracy theorists jumped on the opportunity to call the virus a government plot for control (and to sell unproven and unsafe treatments and preventions) and a significant portion of Republicans decided to oppose every measure that actually might help prevent the spread of the disease — masks, social distancing, shutdowns, remote work and classes, and finally, vaccines.

Here’s Mary Trump explaining how her uncle lost control of his own extremist base.

“They pander to the most extreme elements among them, thinking that they control them, and then they see that they lose control, because not only will they not get the vaccine even if Donald tells them to, they’re actively booing him for it.”

What she’s describing happened this weekend at Trump’s rally in Alabama, where he told crowds that they could keep their freedom and still get vaccinated, and assured them that he got the shot and that it is effective. In clips from the rally, the crowd can be heard cutting off mid-cheer and turning angry when they realize that he’s advocating for vaccination.

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