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The left seems to be in a near panic over the possibility that a COVID-19 vaccine may be available to the public prior to the November election.
The liberal ladies on ABC’s “The View” did their part this week in pushing back on President Trump’s assertion that a vaccine could be forthcoming — after all, we can’t have voters feeling hopeful.
Adding her own special brand of nastiness to the effort to undermine confidence in any possible vaccine, co-host Joy-less Behar questioned the safety and effectiveness by saying she’ll take a coronavirus vaccine when first daughter Ivanka Trump does.
But first she spoke about how long it takes to develop vaccines — perhaps, she’s not aware that effort to produce the COVID-19 vaccine is called “Operation Warp Speed.”
“As far as the vaccine is concerned, I’d like to inform America — in case we don’t know this, because I looked all this up for you — the mumps vaccine took four years,” Behar said. “The polio vaccine took twenty years, the smallpox vaccine took a few centuries. It is not a simple thing to do.”
Behar then turned her attention to Trump, betraying her inner fears that he will be reelected.
“He will say anything to get reelected,” she said. “Don’t fall for it. And by the way, I will take the vaccine after Ivanka takes it.”
Our doctors and scientists are putting safety first and foremost—every step of the way. pic.twitter.com/n0tEFqSlbT
— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) September 7, 2020
Speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday in North Carolina, Trump spoke of a vaccine while labeling the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris anti-vaxxers.
“Under Operation Warp Speed, we’re producing a vaccine in record time,” he said. “This is a vaccine that we’re going to have very soon. Very, very soon, by the end of the year, but much sooner than that perhaps.”
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, rated the most liberal, are undermining science and risking countless lives with their reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric,” Trump added.
In a CNN interview over the weekend, Harris said that she would not trust a vaccine approved by the Trump administration, unless a “credible” source agreed it was safe.
The president countered at a Monday press conference to say that Biden and Harris should apologize — this is when he first rolled out the clever anti-vaxxer argument.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 7, 2020
“Biden and his liberal running mate … should immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric that they are talking right now, talk about endangering lives,” Trump told reporters. “It undermines science, and what happens is all of the sudden you’ll have this incredible vaccine and because of that fake rhetoric, it’s a political rhetoric … that’s all that is.”
For what it’s worth, Trump was receptive to being the first to take a new vaccine in a July interview with Fox News medical contributor Marc Siegel.
Though he recognized that could be a double-edge sword.
“If I’m the first one, they’ll say, ‘He’s so selfish, he wanted to get the vaccine first,'” he said. “Then other people would say, ‘Hey, that’s a very brave thing to do.'”
Trump added that he would defer to the coronavirus task force suggest, telling Siegel that “if they wanted me to and thought it was right, I’d take it first or I’d take it last.”
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