Instead of sowing doubts about the shots that scientists deem safe and effective, Hayes suggested another “very obvious” avenue conservatives could take, especially since vaccination rates have dramatically slowed down in the U.S.: They could play up former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the vaccine development.
“If they’re going to pick a deceptive narrative to go with, why not go with that one?” Hayes asked. “That Donald Trump delivered us these miraculous vaccines and we should all thank him and go get our Trump shots.”
The “All In” anchor noted arguments that the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program aimed at accelerating the development of the shots “did help at the margins.”
“They should be telling everyone that the vaccines were the greatest achievement of the Trump presidency,” he said, adding that such a statement would be “closer to true than 95% of the things Donald Trump says.”
“They should be hosting MAGA rallies with mass vaccinations and a free MAGA hat with every shot,” Hayes said. “They could do that if they wanted to. … They chose to play into the paranoia and the opposition, the nihilism that is increasingly at the beating heart of this political movement.”
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