Last week, we talked about how Donald Trump’s political allies have been trying to talk sense into the bloated orange monster and convince him to do something big to advocate for vaccines and masks. Trump kept refusing to do anything, because he doesn’t want to do Joe Biden any “favors” and because Trump, like all sh-tbag Republicans, is terrified of his own “base” of wingnuts. Trump thinks that if he advocates for masks and vaccines, his own MAGA Army might turn on him. To be fair, he’s probably right to be concerned, I guess. Over the weekend, Trump threw himself a Nazi rally in Alabama and he suggested that people should get vaccinated. People booed him.
In case you don’t want to watch that mess, he said:
“And you know what? I believe totally in your freedoms. I do. You’ve got to do what you have to do,” Trump said. “But I recommend take the vaccines. I did it. It’s good. Take the vaccines.”
Some boos rang out from the crowd, who were largely maskless.
“No, that’s OK. That’s all right. You got your freedoms… But I happened to take the vaccine. If it doesn’t work, you’ll be the first to know. OK? I’ll call up Alabama, I’ll say, hey, you know what? But [the vaccine] is working. But you do have your freedoms you have to keep. You have to maintain that.”
Trump talks to his own supporters like they’re dumb, dangerous children. He’s trying to placate their stupidity – “I believe totally in your freedoms” – while also gently recommending the vaccine. I don’t feel sorry for this Nazi dance he’s doing – like everything else, he opened this dumbf–k can of worms. To mix metaphors, he can’t put the genie back in the bottle. And I’m not sure he even wants to.
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