In addition to shaky messages on issues related to the pandemic, former President Donald Trump now considers COVID-19 vaccines “one of the greatest achievements of humanity.”
In an interview with right-wing media figure Candice Owens this week, Trump personally acknowledged the vaccines’ effectiveness, as well as the “incredible speed” at which they were developed.
“I came up with three vaccines – all very, very good,” Trump told Owens on Wednesday. “The vaccine worked, but some people won’t take it. Those who get very sick and go to the hospital are those who do not take the vaccine. ”
“But it’s still their choice,” he continued. “If you get the vaccine, you are protected. But the vaccine gives very good results, and if you get it, it will be in a very minor form. People don’t die when they take the vaccine. “
Watch a video of Trump’s chat with Candice Owens below.
Owens openly criticized the COVID-19 safety protocols, and in October she shared that she was not vaccinated.
“I have experienced the greatest psychological fear campaign in human history,” she said. tweeted at that time. “I see our media and governments as they are now: powerless without our ongoing fear.”
That same month, she applauded boxing champion Floyd Mayweather for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. tweet, “The slave mind follows the crowd.”
The interview marks the second time in less than a week that Trump has promoted injections. Last weekend, he sparked excitement in Dallas after telling former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly that he had been vaccinated at some point before their “History Tour” of four cities.
Trump’s support for vaccines has put him at odds with his base. A November poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the largest gap in vaccination rates in the United States exists between Democrats and Republicans. According to the poll, 60% of unvaccinated Americans identified as Republicans or Independent Republicans, while 17% said they were Democrats or Democrats.
On the other hand, White House spokesman Jen Psaki and other prominent Democrats expressed their gratitude to Trump for his comments on the vaccine.
“This is not a guerrilla issue,” Psaki said Thursday. “It’s about saving lives, communicating accurate information and countering inaccurate information. And in this particular case it was the former president who did it. “
Trump tested positive for COVID-19 back in October 2020, just weeks before losing the presidential election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden. He reportedly received his initial COVID-19 vaccination before leaving office in January, but unlike Biden and other politicians, he was not photographed.