元大統領 ドナルド・トランプ this week blasted other politicians — most if not all of whom are Republicans — who have been vague on their COVID-19 vaccine status. Trump called them “gutless” and implored them to open up about whether or not they’ve received the shots and booster.
“良い, I’ve taken it,” Trump — who has a checkered history with the pandemic, which he downplayed while in the White House even as he embraced vaccines — said in an interview with far-right network One America News that aired Tuesday night.
“I’ve had the booster. … I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ — because they had the vaccine — and they’re answering like, 言い換えると, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say it,” トランプ, 75, told OAN. “Because they’re gutless.”
彼は続けた: “You gotta say it, whether you had it or not. Say it. But the fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world. I’ve had absolutely no side-effects.”
Many Republicans have downplayed vaccines and even flirted with the vaccine skepticism exhibited by some of their supporters, even as they themselves have been vaccinated.
フロリダ州政府. ロン・デサンティス, for instance — rumored to be mulling a run for president in 2024, which could pit him against Trump should both men enter the race — was first vaccinated back in April, his office confirmed AP通信へ.
But DeSantis offered a cagey response when asked by reporters last month whether he had been boosted.
“そう, I’ve done whatever I did,” 彼は言った. “The normal shot.”
7月に, CNN reported that nearly 50% of Republicans in the House of Representatives (including Florida’s Matt Gaetz) would not confirm whether they had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Trump’s latest remarks on the vaccine come weeks after he told right-wing media personality Candace Owens that vaccines “仕事” and that those who get sick with the virus “are the ones that don’t take the vaccine.”
“非常に病気になって病院に行くのはワクチンを接種しない人です. しかし、それはまだ彼らの選択です. そして、あなたがワクチンを接種した場合, you’re protected,” Trump told Owens.
“見て, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form,” 彼は言った. “People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.”
In a December appearance at his and Bill O’Reilly’s joint “History Tour,” footage of which was shared on Twitter by O’Reilly’s No Spin News, Trump was booed by some of his own supporters when he confirmed that he had received his booster shot.
An adviser previously said Trump got his first COVID vaccine while he was still in office, after he had been hospitalized with the virus.
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