There are a number of reasons why the Republicans’ response to COVID vaccines has been strange. But nothing was stranger than Donald Trump’s reaction. On the one hand, the former president wants full credit for the development of vaccinations. On the other hand, he has refused to actively encourage those who follow him to get the shot.
During a Fox News interview this weekend, Fox News host Howard Kurtz asked Corey Lewandowski about the hypocrisy. The Trump advisor dismissed the criticism, saying Trump was setting a good example.
Kurtz asked, “The media never really gave him (Trump) full credit for creating and running Operation Warp Speed. Why doesn’t he somehow help complete this success by more forcefully urging many unvaccinated Americans, many of whom support him, to go out and get the injections? “
Lewandowski replied: “The president took the shot himself. He sets a good example. I don’t know what else to do. It’s not like the Biden administration is asking the president to come out and sit in the White House. Even if he did, I don’t know if President Trump would. “
At the urging of the Trump adviser continued: “Howie, he’s leading by example! He got the injections, he was vaccinated, he told people to do it. “
Of course, Trump spent a lot more time questioning the vaccine than promoting it. And the former president decided to take his picture behind closed doors without telling the public about it much later.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.