COVID never had to become a political issue. Unfortunately then the virus hit the American shores, the worst possible person was responsible. And Donald Trump had no problem downplaying the seriousness of the virus if it helped his chances of re-election.
This is where the results of Trump’s actions really come into play. The vaccine is out and readily available to all Americans. But people in red states were much more hesitant than people in blue states. As a result, a variant of COVID-19 is on the rise in many Republican areas.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has been pushing for months to get his constituents vaccinated. It didn’t work, however, as the state has one of the lowest VAT rates in the country. During a CNN interview on Sunday, Hutchinson turned the bad numbers back to myth.
The governor told host Jake Tapper: “I don’t know if I underestimated it, but certainly the resistance has hardened with certain elements and is simply wrong information.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson tells @jaketapper that low vaccination rates are holding the state back in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/jLbSzy7To6
– State of the Union (@CNNSotu) July 25, 2021
Hutchinson continued: “They are myths. When I went to these ward meetings, someone said, don’t call it a vaccine. Call it a bioweapon. And they talk about mind control. Well, they are obviously wrong. Other members of the community correct that. “
Despite Hutchinson’s best efforts, not too many Arcansans seemed interested in getting vaccinated. And that could mean a lot more trouble for residents of the state.
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.