As the Biden administration seeks to overcome skepticism from many Americans about the coronavirus vaccine, they’re receiving assistance from some unexpected places.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former press secretary to President Donald Trump, is officially stepping in to encourage Americans to get the “Trump vaccine” with a new op-ed for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
“The Trump vaccine works”
Arkansas has been on the receiving end of hostile news coverage lately as the media seeks to amplify the spread of the so-called delta variant of the coronavirus in red states with low vaccination rates.
Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and a Republican candidate for the office now, insists she would not make vaccines mandatory if elected, as Mediaite notes.
But she thinks Arkansans would be wise to take it, citing an “exponential” rise in hospitalizations.
“In fact, 98 percent of [COVID] patients currently hospitalized in our state and 99 percent of recent [COVID] deaths were people who were not vaccinated,” she wrote Sunday. “It’s clear that the Trump vaccine works and is saving lives.”
Sanders said that she decided to get vaccinated after consulting with her doctor, but she understands it’s a personal decision and that no one should be coerced into taking the shot.
More conservatives join vaccine push
The former press secretary went on to blame the media and the Biden campaign for undermining confidence in the vaccine during the 2020 presidential election, and criticized those in power who are now sneering at those with doubts about the vaccine.
There has been noticeable pressure on the right recently from Fox News hosts such as Sean Hannity and even Republican officials urging reluctant conservatives to get the shot. GOP Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, echoing the White House, has said that “myths” are the reason why many Arkansans are refusing the shot, Politico notes.
For months, President Trump has slammed Biden for trying to take credit for the vaccine while encouraging Americans to get the shot, telling supporters at a rally this weekend: “I recommend you take it, but I also believe in your freedoms 100 percent.”
But not everyone on the right is taking that line. According to The Hill, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, says it’s “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks.”