Trump Supporters Are Canceling Trump Over His Pro-Vaccine Stance

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Remember in 2016 when Trump famously , “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”?

Shooting someone wouldn’t cost him support.

But the COVID vaccine certainly is.

Many of Trump’s previously most ardent sycophants have apparently approached the line they didn’t know they would ever have to decide whether or not to cross.

It came last week when “ during an appearance on stage with former Fox so-called “news” host Bill O’Reilly, resulting in .

Since then, those who had once proclaimed their fealty to “dear leader” are firing back.

Those so “outraged” about “cancel culture” are canceling Trump.

Here are some examples:

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, one of several who allegedly the “Stop the Steal” Rally that resulted in the attack on the Capitol intending to violently of certifying , is now is threatening to .

Far-right pundit Candace Owens claimed Trump is just harboring “the truth” about COVID and vaccines.

opined in :

“Donald Trump seems to be running out of friends at an accelerating rate, and it is his own behavior that is creating the distance. It’s a strange decision tree he’s climbing, and puts one in mind of the old saying: What do you call a leader with no followers? Just a guy taking a walk.”

Trump is even receiving some ironic sympathy from one of the most unlikely officials: Anthony Fauci.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director and Biden administration chief medical advisor :

“I was a bit dismayed when former president Trump came out and made that statement and his followers booed him. I was stunned by that. I mean, given the fact of how popular he is with that group, that they would boo him, which tells me how recalcitrant they are about being told what they should do. And I think that his continuing to say that people should get vaccinated and articulating that to them in my mind is a good thing. I hope he keeps it up.”

Serious question: Which proto-fascist is going to fill the void after Donald Trump is gone?

While there is speculation Trump is angling to run again in 2024, opposition to “vaccine tyranny” has divided the country so effectively, it may be presenting an opportunity to a more extreme, competent fascist to usurp Trump’s exalted throne.

Imagine 2023 and 24, as the presidential race plunges us into the unrelenting world of polls, pundits, and presidential prognosticators, and the republican party’s primary issue is opposition to the vaccine.

There are already republican politicians setting this up.

Fla. Gov. is one.

In fact, Alex Jones even .

Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 vice presidential candidate is another.

South Dakota Gov. is on the .

So is Texas Sen. .

Q-Anon Rep. ?

Texas Gov. ?

Fox so-called “news” personality (who is vaccinated but gets paid $10 million a year to )?

It will be also darkly interesting to see the number of republicans who but will claim to have had an “epiphany” just to score political capital.

We have reached a point where a scientifically proven vaccine for a highly transmissible respiratory disease has become a political football.

It’s really just another red herring right wingers are using to distract the base from the real destruction the republican platform is doing.

If they were smart, republicans would be owning the vaccine.

While he botched the pandemic response, Trump was president when the vaccine was first approved for emergency use under .

All they need to do is hammer that home for republican voters.

Since truth and context are never necessary in right-wing hate media enclaves, they don’t need to report on how the Biden administration walked into the White House on January 20, 2021 realizing its predecessor to vaccinate Americans, that the Biden administration was “ .”

But the reason they don’t is because tethering Joe Biden and the congressional Democratic majority to spiking viral outbreaks and divisive rhetoric over the vaccine helps in 2022 mid-term elections and re-election to the White House in 2024.

If Trump had gotten re-elected, republicans would be hyping the vaccine even if it wasn’t enough for the whole country.

It and proof of it would be required, and they wouldn’t be calling it “tyranny” as they are now.

They’d call it “freedom.”

Since they’re not in charge, though, they’re singing a different tune.

And Trump is apparently singing a different song.

Originally published at on December 30, 2021.

Ted Millar is a teacher, poet, and political writer for Liberal America and the Left Place blog on Substack: https://theleftplace.substack.com/.

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