Washington just a few months after the compliment COVID-19 Vaccines as a product of the former president’s “Operation Warp Speed” and American ingenuity, Republican An outspoken anti-vaccine minority has embraced whose terrifying preference for disease and death is incidentally hurting the economy and the current Democratic president’s acceptance numbers.
but republicans disproportionately to those who have not been vaccinated Even more so among those who say that they will not get the vaccine at all. An increasing number of Republican elected officials are modifying their views to suit.
“The number one factor if you want to get up in the Republican Party today is to be okay with people dying,” said Stuart Stevens, a Republican adviser to George W. Bush win the White House twice and was then a top aide at Mitt. Romney’s 2012 campaign.
He said GOP officials know his words are killing many constituents unnecessarily, but they also believe rising COVID cases will slow the economic rebound in the 2022 midterm elections And the Democrats will be hurt.
“I don’t think it’s any different from what Mitch McConnell said after Barack Obama was elected that his number one goal was to make sure Barack Obama was a one-term president,” Stevens told the Senate Republican leader’s 2010 nomination. Referring to the resolution of .
Biden was clearly disappointed last week as he spoke to the nation about his latest steps to increase vaccination rates due to a surge of COVID-19 patients lodged in hospitals. He criticized Republican governors for actively hurting efforts to control the disease, which began to dwindle in the spring as vaccination rates rose with the new, more communicable Delta strain. “If these governors won’t help us defeat the pandemic, I will use my power as president to get them out of the way.”
A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the administration understands that a percentage of Americans will not be receptive to Biden’s message but may be open to persuasion by others, such as employers who need full vaccinations or frequent Coronavirus testing is required. .
The official cited Tyson Foods, which saw the percentage of vaccinated employees drop from 45% to 72% in the same month after August’s announcement that the company would require vaccinations. United Airlines similarly saw its numbers rise from 59% to 79% after its announcement.
a Goldman Sachs Analysis Monday predicted that Biden’s efforts would aid economic recovery. “The moderate-driven net employment impact is likely to be positive as higher complete vaccination rates will reduce the spread of the virus, which should boost labor demand in high-contact services and labor force participation among some of those 3 million people should be promoted which are not currently working. Virus spread concerns. “
Republican officials have argued that governments have no right to require Americans to receive a vaccine as a condition of employment – even though public and private schools across the country require one. Long list of vaccines for decades, and even though many of those same officials were praising former President Donald Trump’s administration for working so hard for a vaccine.
On January 9, just three days after Trump’s final attempt to overthrow American democracy in the deadly Capitol rebellion failed, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and two other GOP governors attended a vaccine summit at the White House to success can be highlighted. The administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in less than a year.
Now DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, as well as Trump himself, are vocal opponents of Biden’s vaccine mandate and at times have been voicing the arguments being spread by vaccine opponents.
Trump in one recent interviewclaimed it would not get a booster shot once it was available, suggesting it was a ploy by drug companies to make more money. He has repeatedly attacked vaccine mandates in fundraising emails. “They have just mandated the COVID vaccine for 80 million Americans. Last time I checked, we live in a free country,” read one sent on Friday. “Earlier, they wanted to make masks mandatory, and now they are making vaccines mandatory – can you believe it?”
And DeSantis, who aggressively pushed Florida’s elderly population to vaccinate late last year and earlier this year, has in recent months focused on monoclonal antibodies for those who contract the disease. Monday in a similar program DeSantis stood by the Gainesville utility worker As he falsely claimed from behind a lecture bearing the official seal of Florida, that vaccines alter your RNA and that people should not receive them.
DeSantis, which is already trying to penalize schools that require students to wear masks, is now going after Florida municipalities that enforced a vaccine mandate with a $5,000-per-incident fine. We do. He said on Tuesday that he had not heard what the city worker was saying, that he knew vaccines effectively prevent serious disease and that he expected people to opt for vaccination.
Stevens was not impressed. “Ron DeSantis is killing people, and he thinks it helps him in the Republican primary,” he said.
DeSantis’s office did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Joe Walsh, a former GOP congressman and a longtime talk-radio host, said that most vaccine opponents speak to base their views on a variety of conspiracy theories — from the belief that the vaccine can kill their bodies in this way. Will be magnetized by fears that it will introduce a microchip – but that 5% to 10% refuse to receive the vaccine specifically because it is pushing the Biden effort.
Erik Eriksson, a conservative talk-radio host who nonetheless encourages his audience to get vaccinated, said he listens to all conspiracy theories as well. “I have to personally walk people into why they should. The amount of nonsense people are willing to believe is unbelievable.”
Stevens said Republican leaders have a responsibility to accept the absurd claims of their supporters, not go along with them for political gains. “Here you have people who are not bad but ambitious and weak, and the result is bad. That’s what burned the Republican Party to the ground. It’s a threat to the country.”