Trump says distrust in 2020 election results contributes to vaccine hesitancy

Former President Donald Trump has made clear to the country, on multiple occasions, that he believes the 2020 election results were skewed due, in part, to what he believes to be widespread voter and ballot fraud.

According to the Washington Examiner, on Sunday, in a statement from the former president, he added that he believes that distrust in the results of the 2020 presidential election has played a role in why millions of Americans have shied away from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“He’s not doing well at all”

The former president, who has promoted the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraged his supporters to take it on several occasions, slammed President Joe Biden and his administration for dropping the ball on certain aspects of the distribution of the vaccine.

“Joe Biden kept talking about how good of a job he’s doing on the distribution of the Vaccine … He’s not doing well at all,” Trump wrote.

The former president doubled down, claiming that the “fake news media” and his supporters’ lack of trust in the results of the 2020 presidential election has led to increased vaccine hesitancy.

“He’s way behind schedule, and people are refusing to take the Vaccine because they don’t trust his Administration, they don’t trust the Election results and they certainly don’t trust the Fake News, which is refusing to tell the Truth,” Trump added.

The Examiner noted that in a recent poll, only 56% of those who lean Republican indicated that they have already received, or planned to receive, a COVID-19 vaccination. In contrast, 86% of voters who lean Democrat said the same.

Trump is still a fan

Arguably, one of the former president’s most impressive accomplishments is his role in launching Operation: Warp Speed, which successfully ended in a COVID-19 vaccine being available to the public in record-setting time, compared to past vaccines.

However, some of Trump’s most high-profile supporters and surrogates continue to push back on receiving the vaccine, even as Trump has insisted that it’s safe and has even labeled it as one of his legacy accomplishments.

For instance, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), a major Trump supporter, was censored on social media after writing: “Thousands of people are reporting very serious life changing vaccine side effects from taking covid vaccines,” while urging her followers to say “no” to the vaccine.

Pro-Trump writer and speaker Alex Berenson said at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas: “The government was hoping that they could sort of sucker 90% of the population into getting vaccinated, and it isn’t happening.”

Many of Trump’s supporters aren’t necessarily against vaccines in general, or even the COVID-19 vaccine, but are more concerned with how the Biden administration is seemingly attempting to bypass personal freedoms and force or pressure them into taking it. It’s really no wonder why Biden continues to miss his vaccination goals.

 

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