Republicans now want you to get the vaccine. But they also keep lying about it.
Anti-vaccine protestors Photo: Shutterstock After months of bad-mouthing the COVID-19 vaccine, some conservatives are suddenly all in on vaccinations. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) finally got a shot after months of downplaying the need for a vaccine. Some Fox News talking heads have also been touting the efficacy of the vaccines. After months of suggesting the virus was a hoax, Sean Hannity declared, “It absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated.”
So what happened for the change in tune? As in all things about the GOP these days, it all starts with Donald Trump.
“How about the vaccine? I came up with the vaccine. They said it would take 3 to 5 years. Gonna save the world,” Trump said at a rally in Arizona two weeks ago .
While saying he would “recommend” his followers to get a shot, Trump also fueled the partisanship that is driving vaccine resistance among Republicans.
“Because they don’t trust the president, people aren’t doing it,” he proclaimed, effectively undercutting his own recommendation.
It’s not the first time that Trump came out in favor of vaccination. He did so last March. But he’s devoted scant energy or rhetoric to telling his followers to protect themselves. At […]