Story at a glance:
- Former President Trump and his family got vaccinated.
- Trump has voiced some public support for the vaccines but observers think he could do more.
- Allies say Trump is afraid of alienating his base, many of whom are skeptical of the vaccines.
Former President Trump has done very little with his big platform, albeit less visible since being ousted on social media, to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, observers say.
According to sources, Trump either does not want to do favors for current President Biden or risk alienating his core supporters who indicated in polling they are somewhat against the vaccines, The Daily Beast reported.
Trump and his family are vaccinated and the former president has expressed some public support for vaccines. But many observers believe the Republican former president could do a lot more to convince his followers to get the shot.
As Changing America previously reported, most of the lowest vaccinated places are states and counties throughout America that have voted for Trump, and it was reported that only Republican leadership can motivate hardline Republicans into getting vaccinated.
Despite these notions, people close to Trump say he is more worried about his poll numbers among his followers — “he doesn’t want to push too hard on the subject, so as to not ‘piss off his base,’ ” one of the sources told the Daily Beast.
In late July, a poll conducted by Monmouth University found that many Republicans are unswerving against their stance on not getting vaccinated and it has nothing to do with being hesitant or procrastinating.
Trump also believes that people do not want to take the vaccinations to help the Biden administration’s agenda, to ensure that at least 70 percent of adult Americans are vaccinated.
Some of Trump’s supporters oppose vaccines due to their distrust of the government, the Biden administration, which some of them believe stole the election, and might be misinformed about the vaccines.
Prime-time host Tucker Carlson on Fox News has been saying that “maybe the vaccine doesn’t work” and he has implied that vaccinations are responsible for dozens of people’s deaths.
However, close allies of Trump, such as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s former White House press secretary, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and some Fox News anchors like Sean Hannity who have a close relationship with the former president, have spoken out in favor of vaccination.
Behind the scene, it is these types of allies who are advising Trump to make a grand statement on pushing a pro-vaccination message onto his base, The Daily Beast reported.
READ MORE STORIES FROM CHANGING AMERICA