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By Alexandra Ulmer

(Reuters] – Trump’s former Republican presidential candidate comments describing COVID-19 as a safe and major accomplishment of his presidency have agitated extreme anti-vaxers. These include his ardent supporters.

Trump, after months of being relatively quiet about vaccines and not having any photos taken of him inoculating himself with them, told Bill O’Reilly (NASDAQ) on December 19 that he had received the booster. This elicited some laughter from the crowd.

Candace Owens was interviewing Trump, a right-wing pundit. The interview was released two days later. Trump responded when Owens said the shots weren’t safe.

Trump interrupts Owens who says the vaccine is effective. The vaccine is not for those who are very sick or need to be admitted to hospital.

Although Trump stated in both instances that he was against Democratic President Joe Biden’s mandates for vaccines, Trump’s comments have drawn rare criticism from some anti-vaccine supporters and activists.

Trump will need to balance his potential presidential bid in 2024. This is because he must both energize and repel moderate suburbanites, despite their opposition to vaccines becoming a rallying cry.

Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist and radio host said that Trump promoted the vaccine on his talk program. He was also either completely ignorant or one of the worst men to have ever lived. He stated that Trump was “time to get on with his life” and threatened “to dump all dirt” on him.

Wayne Allyn Root (radio host) is a strong Trump supporter. He said that Trump was correct on “all things” but not vaccines and required an “intervention.” Root stated that he will always support Trump and that “intervention” was a way to get Trump to alter his message.

Trump representatives did not respond immediately to requests for comments. Reps from Jones and Owens didn’t immediately reply to comment requests.

Some Trump supporters argue, on right-wing social networking groups that Trump is strategically acting to stop hostile media. However, others are expressing dismay.

Daniel McLean, 42 years old, who is employed in Oregon’s marijuana industry said that “I cannot support him.”

McLean expressed disappointment with Trump’s acceptance of political elites. McLean said that McLean’s pro-vaccine statements were the tipping point. He claimed he wasn’t inoculated, and repeated false theories about thousands dying due to shots.

According to Kaiser Family Foundation research, 60% of adult Americans are unvaccinated and are Republicans or Republican-leaning Independents.

Trump’s remarks are all the more shocking, according to Republican Martin Hyde. Hyde is challenging Florida Congressman Vern Bucanan for the 2022 election. Hyde stated to Reuters, “I don’t think that’s a message that will resonate with base.”


Trump maintains an almost-iron grip over Republican voters.

His endorsements are being sought by candidates for the midterm election of 2022; he has been declared the clear favourite for the presidential race in 2024; and, he is currently launching a social media website that has apparently entered into deals to raise $1 billion.

On a Telegram chat, a Crockett user wrote “I’m all for Trump,” in regards to Trump’s comments on vaccines. “Trump knows more than we do.”

No polling has been done to determine if Trump’s comments about vaccines have affected his base standing.

Nicholas Valentino is a University of Michigan professor who specializes in political psychology. He said that it was unlikely to cause a major rift.

Valentino stated that the more extremist faction of this group has no other options. McLean, an Oregonian, stated that he prefers Trump to Biden.

Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia Congresswoman), a Trump ally, tried to make the matter more manageable Monday by urging her supporters to pay attention to COVID-19 which was originating from China. She stated on Twitter that “we should hold those responsible for the virus accountable, and not fight one another.”

Ron Filipkowski, an ex-federal prosecutor, and Trump critic, who tracks the extreme right said Trump’s “shockwaves” of promoting vaccines have sent his base into shock.

Filipkowski stated that a year ago you wouldn’t hear any dissension among the group. Now you can at least hear the grumbling and the complaining. That’s certainly something new.