Trump, Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Green convene pro-vaccine Republicans
As many elected Republican officials and conservative media personalities encourage people to get vaccinated, they are still faced with the fact that some of their prominent voices are still muddling the waters.
During a news conference Thursday, members of the Republican Doctors’ Caucus were quick to note the role they played in encouraging people to get vaccinated.
“We urge all Americans to talk to their doctors about the risks of Covid, talk to their doctors about the benefits of vaccination, and then make the right decision for them about the vaccine,” said Representative Andy Harris of Maryland. At that same conference, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said he was recently vaccinated after having previously tested positive for the antibodies, even though the vaccine has been available to lawmakers since the beginning of the year.
“But with the Delta version, I felt like I wanted that extra level of protection,” he told reporters on Thursday.
Likewise, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, the state with a recent outbreak of Covid-19 cases, said the best thing to do is encourage people to get vaccinated and give them the right information.
“It’s a medical decision, people will make their own medical decisions. You can’t force them to,” said Mr. Hawley, the youngest Republican senator. independent on Monday. “You can’t force them to, I don’t believe in beating people up about it. I usually share that I’ve been vaccinated, and I encourage people to get vaccinated.”
It is often speculated that Hawley is a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, just as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, make up the five of new cases of HIV infection in the country.
“If you are fully vaccinated and vaccinated, the chance of you getting seriously ill or dying from COVID is virtually zero,” Mr. DeSantis said. He said in St. Petersburg Wednesday. “If you look at the people who are admitted to hospitals, more than 95 percent of them are either not fully vaccinated or have not been vaccinated at all. So these vaccines save lives. They reduce the death rate.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had polio as a child, also pushed for vaccinations.
“It never occurred to me that after developing three highly effective vaccines in less than a year, we would have a hard time getting Americans to take the shots,” he told reporters earlier this week.
Conservative media personalities such as Sean Hannity and Co-hosted by Fox & Friends Steeve Doocy Both boosted the effectiveness of vaccines this week, despite the fact that other hosts on the network have raised questions about the vaccine. Even the sudden shift prompted President Joe Biden To promote the network’s “altar call” on vaccination.
The problem, however, is that some of the most prominent faces in the conservative media have either bounced back or lied about vaccines outright. Mr. Doocy and fellow Mr. Hannity Tucker Carlson undermine them When he mentioned how someone in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive for Covid-19 after visiting with Texas Representatives in Washington.
“It is strange how many people who have been vaccinated are spreading the virus at this point,” Carlson said.
Likewise, while former President Donald Trump has taken credit for Operation Warp Speed, his administration’s program to accelerate development of a Covid-19 vaccine, he has chosen instead to link vaccine hesitation and the Biden administration’s efforts to his grip on the election, which he continues to claim unfairly. It was stolen from him.
“He’s behind schedule, and people refuse to take the vaccine because they don’t trust his administration, they don’t trust election results and they certainly don’t trust fake news, which refuses to tell the truth,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Biden.
Mr Trump, who contracted Covid-19 last year, was vaccinated in January and Did not mention At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, “So everybody, go get their photo shoot.” But it was phrased again in his discussions of elections and the message is muddled.
Similarly, Representative Marjorie Taylor Green, the conspiracy congresswoman from Georgia, was briefly suspended from Twitter after i tweeted The virus is “not dangerous” for people under the age of 65 who are not obese. But when asked about the young and thin children who died from Covid-19, she said laughing question.
As long as the most prominent voices in the conservative movement continue to muddy the waters or promote outright distrust, any efforts by a larger number of elite Republicans are unlikely to bear fruit. Distrust of Covid, like the virus itself, has spread widely through the conservative movement.