“The View” host Meghan McCain on Tuesday claimed that Democrats and Republicans are “equally responsible” for the rising hesitancy amongst Republicans to get a COVID-19 vaccine, drawing a tenuous hyperlink to feedback final yr from Vice President Kamala Harris to make her level.
Recent polls have proven that a big portion of conservatives are proof against being vaccinated, notably supporters of former President Donald Trump. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research discovered that 42% of Republicans say they gained’t get the shot.
On “The View,” McCain stated she would estimate the determine to be increased, based mostly on conversations with Republicans she is aware of.
However, she stated that she would gladly get the shot herself, stay on air.
“I do trust science. I trust doctors, and quite frankly I would let them put an iPod Nano between my shoulder blades if it means I can get drunk at Caesar’s Palace again,” she stated. “However, I want to show a clip to explain why it’s happening with Republicans.”
The clip was from a September interview between Harris and CNN’s Dana Bash, who requested Harris if she would take a vaccine rolled out earlier than the Nov. 3 election. (Trump claimed this could occur, regardless of his high consultants warning it could take longer.)
“I would not trust Donald Trump. And it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about. I will not take his word for it,” Harris answered.
“So she’s expressing skepticism about the vaccine under the Trump administration,” McCain stated. “A lot of Republicans I know are expressing skepticism about the vaccine under the Biden administration, which is why this has been so dangerous that this has become so politicized. Both sides are equally responsible for this.”
McCain didn’t play Harris’s subsequent feedback, wherein she famous that Trump had raised the potential of wanting into injecting disinfectant to remedy COVID-19.
McCain additionally failed the point out that the previous president had stoked vaccine denialism up to now, deliberately broken public belief in well being consultants all through the pandemic and persistently unfold conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on the whole. He has additionally ignored calls to endorse the obtainable vaccines to his base, though he quietly acquired a shot himself in January.
Fox News and different right-wing media have additionally indulged skepticism concerning the jab, amplifying misinformation to their conservative viewers.
McCain stated she felt there had been a “real misstep in messaging” from individuals like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s high infectious illness professional, whom she stated she doesn’t “100% trust.”
“There have been many opportunities to right this wrong, including President [Joe] Biden going on TV and giving credit to President Trump for the help with the rollout of this vaccine, which he didn’t do,” she stated.
When Biden acquired his vaccination in December, he gave credit score to the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed for serving to to shortly carry the vaccine to the general public.
Harris and Biden have by no means questioned recommendation from public well being consultants, and each acquired vaccines publicly.
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