Former US President Donald Trump told his supporters that they would “play into their hands” if they expressed doubts about the COVID-19 vaccination or if they did not get vaccinated.
Trump spoke out during a live event with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
“We’ve done something historic, we’ve saved tens of millions of lives around the world,” Trump said before crediting the vaccine for preventing a recurrence of the Spanish flu, which infected nearly a third of the world’s population and killed up to 100 million people .
The comparison is a bit alarming when you consider that the Spanish flu had a global death rate of 2.5%, which is significantly higher than the 0.05% death rate from COVID (before the vaccine was available).
“This disease would devastate the country far more than it is now … what we’ve done is historic,” Trump said.
“Don’t let it be taken away from you … you play right into their hands (if you doubt the vaccine),” he added.
Although Trump glorified the vaccine, he indicated that it shouldn’t be mandatory.
“If you don’t want to be vaccinated, you shouldn’t be forced to, there are no compulsions,” said Trump.
Donald also revealed that he had received his booster vaccination.
When he asked the crowd if they agreed with his statements, the majority cheered, but Trump pointed to a “small group” in the audience who obviously didn’t share his enthusiasm for the vaccination.
‘You’re playing right into their hands’ when you doubt the vaccine, President Trump says. pic.twitter.com/xJc7JTL0cR
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