“You’re drawing some conclusions that I haven’t seen in the data,” Psaki replied. The question was whether the Biden administration would give Trump more credit for launching the COVID-19 vaccine for helping increase the vaccination rate among doubters. According to the reporter who asked, most unvaccinated people identify as Trump supporters.
The question came from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy. Perhaps Doocy has forgotten, but Fox News has been a major force in spreading misinformation about COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. It’s probably a more effective strategy for him to encourage the news outlet he’s affiliated with to stop spreading lies than to involve Trump in efforts to vaccinate people.
Additionally, Trump and his administration spent their entire tenure during the pandemic downplaying COVID-19. Giving Trump credit for launching his vaccine sounds like a joke given the language he used to describe the virus, his reluctance to wear a mask, and his inability to order enough vaccines, among many other factors.
As Psaki forcefully stated, there is no evidence that these people don’t get vaccinated because they want Trump to have more credit; the evidence, instead, points to misinformation and conspiracy theories that Trump and his friends have made.
Psaki pointed to the conspiracy theory that microchips are in the vaccine, a common rumor that has spread among Republican voters.
While Psaki said the Biden administration will not contact Trump for help in scoping the vaccines, he noted that the administration welcomes anyone who promotes vaccination. Trump said he shouldn’t need “an embroidered invitation” to do so.
“We have seen almost every former president play a role in putting out a public service announcement making sure the people of the country understand that the vaccine is safe and effective,” Psaki said. “We don’t think that requires an embroidered invitation to be a But certainly any role from anyone who has a platform where they can provide information to the public that the vaccine is safe, it’s effective, we don’t see this as a political issue. We would certainly appreciate that commitment. “
The reality is that if Trump really cared about his supporters, who are victims of the constant misinformation that he and his henchmen have spread, he doesn’t need to be given credit to make a difference. You can encourage them to get vaccinated, but you don’t mind. Despite the fact that thousands of people died every day and he contracted COVID-19 himself, Trump, as president, kept telling his supporters that the virus was no big deal, why would that narrative change now?
Trump still refuses to take responsibility for his actions and the role his administration has played in the spread of COVID-19. Even with the evidence that his supporters are less likely than others to get vaccinated, Trump will do nothing: he will continue to blame fake news and election results. “People refuse to take the vaccine because they don’t trust their administration, they don’t trust the election results, and they certainly don’t trust the fake news, which they refuse to tell the truth.” he said Sunday.
Let’s face it, giving him the credit and influence he wants won’t make a difference. Trump can only do more harm than good and does not care enough for his supporters to debunk the myths he has spread.