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Dr. Anthony Fauci has praised former President Donald Trump for the first time since Trump left office and stopped being the left-wing bureaucrat’s boss.
Speaking with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on Sunday, Fauci expressed satisfaction with Trump over his recent pro-vaccine rhetoric, though he also said he was “stunned” over how the former president is being received by some supporters.
He was primarily referencing the moment when some in the crowd erupted into boos after, during the former president’s tour with Bill O’Reilly, he announced that he’d sought out and received a booster shot.
“I was a bit dismayed when former President Trump came out and made that statement, and his followers booed him, which I was stunned by that. I mean, given the fact of how popular he is with that group, that they would boo him, which tells me how recalcitrant they are about being told what they should do,” Fauci said.
“And I think that his continuing to say that people should get vaccinated and articulating that to them, in my mind is a good thing. I hope he keeps it up.”
The former president also triggered some anger when, during an interview last week with conservative commentator Candace Owens, he gently defended the coronavirus vaccine from the criticism of skeptics.
“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 remark 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 …”
But she was cut off by the former president, 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.”
During the same interview, he also spoke out against vaccine mandates, saying bluntly that “people have to have their freedom.”
It’s not clear how Fauci feels about this particular statement.
As for Trump, he’s been in a good mood lately because of the praise he’s now suddenly receiving not only from the likes of Fauci but even the current president.
“Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America is one of the first countries to get the vaccine,” President Joe Biden said from the White House last week.
Trump later told Fox News that, because of the praise, he was having difficulty being “overly critical” of his Democrat successor.
“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 said.
“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.”
Trump admits he finds it a ‘little tough’ to rip Biden after controversial vaccine comments https://t.co/RjooLid5WW
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 24, 2021
Dovetailing back to Fauci’s praise, it’s now being used by left-wing zealots to attack the former president’s supporters.
Case in point:
Also they are all going to have to Google recalcitrant now.
— The Momdalorian (@michhastings) December 26, 2021
Buncha MAGA supporters asking siri: what is recalcitrant?
— Sally (@murdochisevil) December 26, 2021
Trump didn’t expect his hate spewing to grow legs and snarl back.
— Winnie White (@WinnieW63504777) December 26, 2021
His supporters are like that in everything. That’s why he tells them what they think and like and they love hearing him reflect at them their own thoughts, prejudices, and bigotry. That’s the secret of trumps so called power.
— FangedFury (@FangedFury) December 26, 2021
Unfortunately Dr. Fauci over rates the collective intelligence of the groups that Trump speaks to. That is what happens when the members of your crowd have I.Q.s that struggle to exceed their shoe size.
— Cimarron Kid (@cimarron_kid) December 26, 2021
He’s “stunned?” That’s a bit scary… who did he think the anti-vaxxers are? Trump’s base who attend his nonesense talks… Fauci needs to get with it – was he just as stunned that Birx supported Trump’s COVID lies? He was there as well?
— Joesy (@Joesy75) December 26, 2021
Notice how the latter user thinks every unvaccinated American is part of the former president’s base. Yet recent polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only 72 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Independents are “very confident” that the coronavirus vaccine is “safe” …
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