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Former President Donald Trump is making headlines again for pushing back — but not against the establishment. Instead, he appears to be gently pushing back against vaccine skeptics.
In a Fox News interview that aired Tuesday, he said he was having difficulty being “overly critical” of his successor, current President Joe Biden, because of the president’s newfound praise for him.
“Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America is one of the first countries to get the vaccine,” the president had said from the White House earlier that day.
Biden credits the Trump administration for the development of the vaccine: “Thanks to the prior administration, and our scientific community, America is one of the first countries to get the vaccine.” pic.twitter.com/FDdmtJ9ykg
— Axios (@axios) December 21, 2021
This greatly pleased Trump.
“I’m very appreciative of that. I was surprised to hear it. I think it was a terrific thing, and I think it makes a lot of people happy. … I think he did something very good. You know, it has to be a process of healing in this country, and that will help a lot,” he told Fox News.
“It is a little tough to be overly critical now, because he just thanked us for the vaccine and thanked me for what I did. You know, that’s a first — so it is very tough for me to be overly critical now,” he added.
The former president also again admitted that he’s taken a booster shot and encouraged all Americans to “embrace” the vaccine, though he stood staunchly opposed to vaccine mandates.
“It’s a matter of getting people out to, ideally, get the vaccine. If you have the mandate, the mandate will destroy people’s lives — it destroys people’s lives, just as the vaccine saves people,” he said.
“I think that it’s really a question of tone. It’s a question of trust, and hopefully, the people that have had COVID, hopefully they will be given credit for that,” he added, giving a much-needed shout-out to natural immunity.
Stunningly, this message from the former president triggered even more praise — this time from White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
On Wednesday she said his decision to get the booster was “an acknowledgment that the former president sent an important signal to many Americans about the importance of getting boosted.”
However, she also threw in a diss about so-called “misinformation.”
Now fast-forward to Wednesday evening, when the former president’s long-awaited interview with Candace Owens dropped. In the interview, he pushed back against her and other coronavirus vaccine skeptics. If anything, he expressed great pride in the vaccines.
“I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines. All are very, very good. Came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years,” he said.
This prompted Owens to reply, “Yet more people have died under COVID this year, by the way, under Joe Biden, than under you, and more people took the vaccine this year. So people are questioning how …”
She was cut off by Trump, who said, “Oh no, the vaccines work. But some people are the ones — the ones who get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine. But it’s still their choice. And if you take the vaccine, you’re protected.”
“Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine,” he added.
This comment triggered even more praise from Psaki:
Just going to echo former President Trump here on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Merry Christmas eve eve. go get boosted https://t.co/0PCffM5kHl
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) December 23, 2021
But it’s not clear she watched the entire clip. In addition to expressing support for the vaccines, he also spoke out against children being forced to mask up and against vaccine mandates.
“People have to have their freedom,” he said.
The Biden administration appears to feel differently. It’s been a staunch advocate of children masking and, more notably, of draconian vaccine mandates.
“So let me say this as parents — to the parents: As you have — you have the tools. You have the tools to keep your child safer, and two of those tools, above all, are available to you,” the president himself said in August.
“One, make sure that everyone around your child, who can be vaccinated, is vaccinated: parents, adults, teens. Two, make sure your child is masked when they leave home. That’s how we can best keep our kids safe,” he added.
All this said, while most conservatives aren’t bothered by Trump endorsing vaccines (but opposing mandates), there are some naysayers — the vaccine skeptics.
To them, the former president’s recent words are an example of him behaving like a “cuck” and “playing into” the left’s hands.
So sad to see Trump cuck this hard on vaccines and boosters.
He desperately needs the New York Times to love and accept him, and the end result is going to be disastrous.
— John – Reliably Reliable Sources – Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 23, 2021
Amen John. He just isn’t getting it. Don’t know who is advising him, but he’s losing support. Including mine.
— Living the dream!🇺🇸 (@S58728748) December 23, 2021
It’s unfortunate to see him do this. Yuge mistake.
— Brandi Love ® (@brandi_love) December 20, 2021
I’m starting to not support him anymore
— Kenneth Nero (@Domperii) December 20, 2021
He just lost my vote in 2024.
— Chad Thunderkawk (@ChadThunderkawk) December 20, 2021
he lost me with this shit…..
— DR. STRANGE (@THEELITE1978) December 20, 2021
It’s very saddening to see this..I can’t even watch it in full..
— Truedetective (@EnTruedetective) December 21, 2021
He’s playing right into their hands
— Yvonne Burton Ephesians 6:12 (@_YvonneBurton) December 20, 2021
“Cuck” or no “cuck,” what he said about the vaccines preventing people from getting “very sick” was mostly, though not entirely, accurate.
Some breakthrough cases do lead to hospitalizations. However, the rate of hospitalization among the vaccinated is far lower than the rate among the unvaccinated. That is a fact.
COVID-19 hospitalizations among unvaccinated vs. vaccinated folks.
In vaccinated folks, it’s far more common in older folks. pic.twitter.com/2bJsgfW406
— Kelly Bauer (@BauerJournalism) December 14, 2021
— Carlos del Rio (@CarlosdelRio7) August 11, 2021
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