One of the most common questions I get from readers is: why does President Trump support the vaccine?
Or a different variant: if the vaccine is so bad, why does President Trump support it?
They are great questions.
After all, prior to taking office in 2016, President Trump was very outspoken against vaccines, commonly citing their dangers.
The Tweets are now gone since Twitter deleted him, but here’s what he said in 2012:
And in 2014:
And even during one of his debates against Dr. Ben Carson.
Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ben Carson dived into the question of whether vaccines cause autism in the Republican debate Republican debate Wednesday night.
Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, pointed out (correctly) that researchers have throughly discredited the notion.
Trump, meanwhile, persisted with his own version of the science. “You take this little beautiful baby,” he said, “and you pump — I mean, it looks just like it is meant for a horse, not for a child, and we had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old, beautiful child went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.”
The claim that vaccine cause autism rose to popularity in 1998, when an esteemed medical journal published a paper with the now infamous conclusion: that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine — administered to millions of children across the globe each year — could cause autism.
So I understand why people are now asking questions and skeptical about President Trump now pushing the COVID vaccine.
I have the very same questions!
And I am most definitely in the anti-vax crowd and proud of it!
I’m with you all!
So I was very surprised to see this from his most recent interview with Maria Bartiromo:
#Trump is asked by #FoxNews #MariaBartiromo if he would recommend everyone get the #vaccine:
"I would recommend it and I would #recommend it to people who don't want to get it..But we have our #freedoms and we have to live by that..It's a great vaccine." 💉pic.twitter.com/FbqGEjNfRD
— Jeremy Song (@tezuma75) March 16, 2021
And a backup here if that gets deleted:
Former President Trump is asked by @MariaBartiromo if he would recommend everyone get the vaccine:
"I would recommend it and I would recommend it to people who don't want to get it… But we have our freedoms and we have to live by that… It's a great vaccine." pic.twitter.com/56ETeqCUrq
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 16, 2021
The statistics show Republicans are VERY skeptical of vaccines, and perhaps very rightly so:
Our @CNN poll shows how divided Democrats and Republicans are when it comes to getting a Covid-19 vaccine. This is disturbing and explains why so many people would welcome Trump’s joining the other former Presidents and do a Public Service Announcement to promote vaccinations. pic.twitter.com/pSvZiu4kbo
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) March 16, 2021
I have to credit Maria Bartiromo for an excellent question.
She is doing the type of real journalism that most in the MSM don’t even know how to do anymore.
From Fox News, here’s more:
Former President Donald J. Trump appeared exclusively Tuesday on “Fox News Primetime” with Maria Bartiromo.
During the interview, Bartiromo asked the former president if he would recommend his supporters voluntarily receive the coronavirus vaccine, noting that a sizeable swath of Republicans remain uneasy or opposed to getting the shot at this point.
“I would,” Trump responded. “I would recommend it and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly.”
“But again, we have our freedoms and we have to live by them and I agree with that also. But it is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works.”
Trump said pharmaceutical companies and the FDA have been working “around the clock” to develop the various vaccinations.
Trump recently spoke out against the mounting crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, where illegal immigrants and asylum seekers have overwhelmed federal authorities, while the Biden administration put a halt to the construction of the ex-president’s wall.
“Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden. Our great Border Patrol and ICE agents have been disrespected, demeaned, and mocked by the Biden Administration,” Trump said in a statement released earlier this month.
“A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute. Many have criminal records, and many others have and are spreading covid. Interior enforcement has been shut down—criminals that were once promptly removed by our Administration are now being released back onto the street to commit heinous and violent crimes.
“ICE officers are desperate to remove these convicted criminals, but Biden won’t let them,” he continued.
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Trump also blasted the crisis as a Biden-caused “spiraling tsunami”, pointing to border communities being “overwhelmed” by illegal immigrants that remain untested for coronavirus despite stiff federal restrictions on American citizens engaging in travel and commerce.
“The Biden Administration must act immediately to end the border nightmare that they have unleashed onto our Nation. Keep illegal immigration, crime, and the China Virus out of our country!” Trump fumed in closing his remarks on March 5.
So I want to know what YOU think….
Let’s run our own poll, shall we?
Tell me in simple terms, will you be getting the COVID vaccine?