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Over 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine under the Biden administration had already been administered to Americans across the country, but Americans, particularly those who support former President Donald Trump, have opposed getting vaccinated. Recently, some of Trump’s former advisers are now urging the former president to issue a PSA encouraging his supporters and the Republicans in general, to get vaccinated.
Two former senior Trump administration officials told CNN that they have been urging Trump to encourage his base of supporters to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The officials cited that hesitancy towards the vaccine would disrupt chances of achieving herd immunity towards the coronavirus. Trump and first lady Melania Trump quietly got vaccinated before they left Washington in January.
The officials noted that Trump’s supporters will only listen to him, which is another reason why the former president must encourage his base to get vaccinated. Trump previously shared on Fox News that he would make an ad encouraging Republicans, especially his supporters, to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
“Vaccines are widely regarded as one of Trump’s greatest accomplishments, and Trump understands that his legacy is at risk because half of his supporters are not taking the vaccine,” said one official. “It’s just not clear yet if he understands that he’s the only one who can do this.”
Despite the encouraging being done, another person close to the former president said that Trump should not bother to do it. They reasoned that Trump’s base of supporters are the types who have been against getting vaccinated and it may backfire on him.
Meanwhile, a fact-check assessment done by the Washington Post comparing the number of misleading claims made by Trump and Joe Biden in their first 100 days in office was released. The assessment, penned by the outlet’s Glenn Kessler, Adrian Blanco, and Tyler Remmel, revealed that Biden made 67 false or misleading statements while the former president made a staggering 511 false or misleading claims in his first 100 days alone.
In a previous piece made by CNN’s Daniel Dale assessing the fact-checking done during Trump’s presidency, the former president in 2017, made an average of 2.9 false claims a day. By 2018, Trump averaged 8.3 false claims a day, using “serial lying” as his tactic to respond to the Ukraine scandal that led to his first impeachment in 2019.