Trump’s most ardent supporters are turning against him, publicly snatching him ever since he expressed his sincere approval of the Covid vaccines.
During an appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s “History Tour” event in Dallas, the former president said he was able to accelerate the creation of vaccines against Covid through Operation Warp Speed, a program he created that provided billions of dollars in government funding and cut the drug. approval times reduced from the usual six or seven years to one.
“We have done something historical”, Trump bragged before the crowd. “We made a vaccine”. When he later admitted not only having been vaccinated twice but receiving a booster, he was whistled by some of his former supporters.
While Trump has tried to downplay the boos as if they only represent a “very small number,” O’Reilly reported that the former president called him after the event, and he needed consolation.
“I said ‘This is good for you, it’s good for people to see another side of you, not a political side,’” the former Fox News anchor said. “‘You told the truth, believe in the vax, it was your administration and you should take credit for it …'”
Then Trump gave a softball interview to Candace Owens, who used to double his support for vaccines in what appeared to be an attempt to persuade his supporters to get along with him on the matter and credit him with the successful immunization campaign.
“The vaccine is one of humanity’s greatest achievements… I invented a vaccine – with three vaccines – all of them are very, very good. Vaccines work, ”he pleaded. “Those who get very sick and go to hospital are the ones who don’t get the vaccine… If you take the vaccine you are protected. Look, the vaccine results are very good, and if you get it [Covid], is a very minor form. People don’t die when they get the vaccine ”.
Trump concluded by saying, “I am a huge fan of the vaccine. I am not going to give up on this. It is a great result… Millions and millions of lives that I have saved ”.
His repeated defense of the vaccine was far too much for one of his longtime and most ardent supporters, controversial right-wing radio host Alex Jones. Jones, who has repeatedly claimed that vaccines are killing people, got so enraged by Trump’s interviews that … posted a “Christmas Day Emergency Notice” stating that Trump is “completely ignorant” or is “one of the most evil men that ever lived.”
From there, Jones produced another show to say: “This is the end of civilization… You are literally worshiping Fauci, Trump… Hell, we’re fighting against Bill Gates and Fauci and Biden and the New World Order and Psaki and the Davos group… and now we have Trump on their team… ! I’m done with Trump… he just completely destroyed himself with this. Trump could have been the champion, but in my opinion we just have to move forward ”.
Candace Owens was just a little less aggressive, said that Trump was old, ignorant of vaccines and little read:
Jones then interviewed another Trump supporter, friend and invitee to Mar-a-Lago Wayne Allyn Root, who called for “intervention” because Trump suffered from “total delusion”. Root said he would recommend Trump take a quick pivot to focus against the warrants and drop his positive vaccine claims. To this, Jones replied, “Give him a little pivot to say, ‘Hey, we were scared. We didn’t know. We made it through… ‘We even gave him the softest way out, and he didn’t. That’s why I’m starting to see red here… CNN is praising Trump right now. This is not good.”
Root, who claims to be an election campaign specialist, warned that if Trump continues like this, “he would commit political suicide because when you side with the Democrats on key issues that anger your Republican base, you lose the base, but you don’t. you do it”. t get a democratic vote… Run for elections. He does not get a democratic vote… and loses a third of the base, and loses a tight race for re-election ”.
“You’re dead,” replied Jones, who played a significant role in Trump’s election in 2016. “I’ve never heard such a truth.”
Since Trump didn’t go with the suggested pivot, Jones really went wild on him on his next show, stating he “doesn’t know what’s going on” and “when you think he’s playing 4-D chess, and he’ll save you, he he’s not… He doesn’t know what he’s doing, and he’s surrounded by bad counselors ”.
Jones yelled about how “incompetent” Trump was and ultimately threatened to throw away all the filth he knows about the “pathetic” former president if he didn’t change his stance. Whether Jones really knows where some of the bodies are buried remains to be seen.
In another show in a developing campaign against Trump, Jones also brought up Alison Steinberg, formerly a leading MAGA cheerleader, who was at the Capitol on January 6. Steinberg was full of fire, said “F ** k Donald Trump,” adding, “what he’s doing is evil.”
Until now, many Trump supporters have been willing to ignore his role in accelerating vaccine creation. “We’ve been looking for excuses for him for a long time,” says Steinberg. One of his other complaints is that Trump betrayed his base by not supporting the people who went to the Capitol to support him in January.
“I’ve always been such a huge supporter of Trump, and I really wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt … but now he’s sitting there continually supporting Big Pharma, and continually begging for the attention of his supporters and wanting all this credit for something we know to be. evil … More people need to … realize that he is really no longer on our side … And all those political prisoners of January 6? Where is it about this? We came there to support him… and he won’t even help us… There are people rotting in prison, and they have no comment on that.
As a result, he sees MAGA as “divided” against each other and Trump. Another big Trump supporter on Jan.6, Ali Alexander, he shared his anger. “Remember when Trump said you were going to play the Democrats game by making fun of the hasty and ineffective shot?” Alessandro wrote on Telegram. “Yes, Joe Biden praises him and his booster shot. Trump, stop. Just stop. “
One group decided to test Trump’s repeated apparent opposition to President Biden making vaccines mandatory by showing up to eat at New York’s Trump Grill and found “a bit hypocritical” that the restaurant drive them away for not being vaccinated.
Until these accidents, surveys for the Republican primary for 2024 showed Trump with a good lead to be the party’s presidential candidate again. The question is whether his vaccine support will cost him enough votes to allow another promising candidate, such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or former Vice President Mike Pence, to overtake him.