Donald Trump has been accused by critics of embracing the anti-Covid-19 vaccine movement with a statement claiming Americans’ refusal to get inoculated comes down to a lack of trust in the White House.
Trump once again gave credit for the development of the vaccines to his administration’s Operation Warp Speed and accused President Joe Biden of being “way behind schedule.”
Biden previously announced a goal of having 70% of American adults receive at least one shot of a vaccine before July 4, an objective that ultimately was not reached.
Biden and his administration faced heavy backlash this week after the president pointed to misinformation on social media as being behind vaccine hesitancy. He went on to accuse Facebook of “killing people.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had earlier called for the banning of people found to be spreading “misinformation” by officials.
According to Biden’s predecessor though, Americans are refusing to get vaccinated because “they don’t trust [Biden’s] administration, they don’t trust the election results, and they certainly don’t trust the fake news, which is refusing to tell the truth.”
As a result, Trump has been accused of pushing anti-vaccine rhetoric by his critics, despite the fact that he has promoted getting vaccinated before.
“Trump just released a statement dabbling in anti-vaccine rhetoric. It’s best not to share or amplify this. He’s banned from Twitter for a reason,” Independent columnist Ahmed Baba tweeted.
Former President Trump issues a statement criticizing President Biden and says “people are refusing to take the Vaccine because they don't trust his Administration.”Trump’s statement doesn’t encourage his supporters, who are more likely to be unvaccinated, to get their shots.— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) July 18, 2021
Trump giving the base the exact message they want of being against the COVID vaccine because if the election was stolen, clearly you can't trust the Biden administration to administer the COVID vaccine that Trump himself is taking credit for creating.Yeah, my head hurts too. pic.twitter.com/clNAnEqxZp— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) July 18, 2021
Some were more supportive of Trump’s statement and pushed back against the outrage, arguing the comments are similar to ones made by Vice President Kamala Harris when she was on the campaign trail last year, as well as other liberal pundits during the same time period.
During a vice presidential debate in October, Harris said she was not sure about taking a Covid-19 vaccine approved while Trump was in office.
Harris said she would trust doctors telling her the vaccine is safe, “but if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I'm not taking it.”
In new statement, Trump attributes vaccine hesitancy to Americans not trusting Biden, which is the mirror image of what Biden/Harris said during campaign--that Americans would hesitate to take vaccine because they did not trust Trump. https://t.co/UpkadwwV9jpic.twitter.com/naZtoJneIP— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 18, 2021
I still think that if Trump won re-election and distributed the vaccine there would be a lot of resisters like this dude who would refuse to take the vaccine. https://t.co/yePPdB4osc— Bryan Braga (@BryanBraga_) July 18, 2021
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