Former supporters of Donald Trump who are virulently anti-vax are furious at the ex-president’s stance, and are vowing to support rival Republicans in the race to be the party’s candidate in two years’ time.
Trump’s most ardent supporters are turning against him, publicly ripping into him since he voiced his wholehearted approval of Covid vaccines.
During an appearance at a Bill O’Reilly ‘History Tour’ event in Dallas, the former president claimed success in expediting the creation of Covid vaccines through Operation Warp Speed, a program he created that provided billions of dollars in government funding and cut the drug’s approval time down from the usual six or seven years to one.
“We did something that was historic,” Trump boasted before the crowd. “We got a vaccine done.” When he later admitted he had not only been vaccinated twice, but had got a booster, he was booed by some of his erstwhile supporters.
While Trump tried to play down the booing as representing only a “very tiny number,” O’Reillyreported that the former president called him after the event, and needed consoling.
“I said ‘This is good for you, this is good that people see another side of you, not a political side,’” the former Fox News anchor said. “‘You told the truth, you believe in the vax, your administration did it, and you should take credit for it…’”
Then Trump gave a softball interview to Candace Owens, which he used to double down on his support for vaccines in what appeared to be an attempt to persuade his supporters to go along with him on the issue and credit him for the success of the immunization campaign. READ MORE: We Americans are now in a cold civil war
“The vaccine is one of the greatest achievements of mankind… I came up with a vaccine – with three vaccines – all are very, very good. The vaccines work,” he pleaded. “The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take their vaccine… If you take the vaccine you’re protected. Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get [Covid], it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.”
Trump concluded by claiming, “I’m a big fan of the vaccine. I’m not going to give that up. That’s a great achievement… Millions and millions of lives I’ve saved.”
His repeated advocacy for the vaccine was way too much for one of his longtime and most ardent supporters, the controversial right-wing radio show host Alex Jones. Jones, who has repeatedly claimed the vaccines are killing people, became so enraged over Trump’s interviews that he posted an “emergency Christmas Day warning” stating that Trump is either “completely ignorant” or is “one of the most evil men who has ever lived.”
From there, Jones produced another show to say, “This is the end of civilization… You are literally worshiping Fauci, Trump… Hell, we’re fighting Bill Gates and Fauci and Biden and the New World Order and Psaki and the Davos group… and now we’ve got Trump on their team…! I’m done with Trump… he’s just totally destroyed himself with this. Trump could have been the champion, but in my view we just need to move on.”
Jones then interviewed another Trump supporter, friend and Mar-a-Lago invitee Wayne Allyn Root, who called for an “intervention” because Trump was suffering from “total delusion.” Root said he would recommend to Trump that he make a quick pivot to focusing against the mandates and drop his positive claims for the vaccines. To this, Jones responded, “Give him a little bit of a pivot to say, ‘Hey we were scared. We didn’t know. We rammed it through…’ We even gave him the nuanced way to get out of it, and he didn’t do it. That’s why I’m starting to see red here… CNN is praising Trump right now. This is not good.”
Root, who claims to be a campaign specialist, warned that, if Trump keeps this up, he would be “committing political suicide because when you side with Democrats on key issues that anger your Republican base, you lose the base, but you don’t gain one Democrat vote… He runs for election. He doesn’t get one Democrat vote… and he loses a third of the base, and he loses a close race for re-election.”
“You’re dead on,” replied Jones, who played a significant role in getting Trump elected in 2016. “I’ve never heard such truth.”
Because Trump didn’t go with the suggested pivot, Jones really unleashed on him on his next show, claiming that “he doesn’t know what’s going on” and “when you think he’s playing 4-D chess, and he’s going to save you, he’s not… He doesn’t know what he’s doing, and he’s surrounded by bad advisers.”
Jones yelled about how “incompetent” Trump was and ultimately threatened to dish all the dirt he knows about the “pathetic” ex-president if he didn’t change his position. Jones sounded like he knows where some of the bodies are buried.
In yet another show in what is developing like a campaign against Trump, Jones also brought on Alison Steinberg, formerly a major Trump MAGA cheerleader, who was one at the Capitol on January 6. Steinberg is now filled with fire when she says “F*** Donald Trump.” She says she doesn’t see how Trump could have a heart and still continue down the vaccine path he is on, claims he’s a liar, and complains about the “5-D chess” scenarios her fellow Trump supporters deploy to rationalize all of the times Trump looks like he’s strayed from his base or his promises. “There is no denying that what he is doing is evil,” she says. “It’s time to stop trusting the plan,” she says to Trump followers. It’s time to wake the F*** up because nobody is coming to save you.
Until now, many Trump supporters have been willing to ignore his role in rushing the vaccines into being. “We’ve made excuses for him for a long time,” says Steinberg. One of her other complaints is that Trump has betrayed his base by not backing the people who went to the Capitol to support him in January.
“I have been such a huge supporter of Trump all the time, and I’ve really wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt… but now he’s sitting there continuously backing Big Pharma, and continuously begging for the attention of his supporters and wanting all this credit for something we know is evil… More people need to… wake up to the fact that he is not actually on our side anymore… What about all those January 6 political prisoners? Where is he on that? We came there in support of him… and he won’t even help us out… There’s people rotting away in prison, and he has no comment on that.”READ MORE: Segregation returns to American schools
As a result, she sees MAGA as becoming “divided” against each other and Trump. Another major Trump January 6 supporter, Ali Alexander, shared her anger. “Remember when Trump said you would be playing right into the Democrats’ hands by mocking the rushed, ineffective shot?” Alexander wrote on Telegram. “Yeah, Joe Biden praises him and his booster shot. Trump, stop. Just stop.”
One group decided to test Trump’s repeated apparent opposition to President Biden making vaccines mandatory by turning up to eat at Trump Grill in New York and found it “a little hypocritical” for the restaurant to turn them away for not being vaccinated.
Until these incidents, polls for the Republican primaries for 2024 showed Trump with a healthy lead to be the party’s presidential candidate again. The question is whether his support for the vaccines will cost him sufficient votes to allow another hopeful – such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to overtake him.
Before Trump even began his term as president, I wrote a series of articles asking (at the cost of readership) if Trump was a Trojan horse for the establishment. I pointed out that it did not appear from the cabinet he was assembling that Trump had any intention of draining the swamp. If he did, it looked more like he was draining it right into the White House basement where all the staffers work, while placing the worst creatures from the Black Lagoon in higher offices around himself.
I pointed out through that series of articles, which detailed Trump’s leadership picks, that you would never put those people in charge of top positions if you had any idea what it really took to drain the swamp or any intention of trying to drain the swamp. Even Trump should have been able to see that many of the creatures he put in charge from Goldman Sachs and other old-money banks would NEVER drain the swamp. They ARE the swamp.
And what did I get for trying to forewarn Trump’s supporters about what was coming? I got told I’m just a Libtard who just couldn’t see that Trump was playing 4D chess by holding his enemies closer so he could round them all up and take them down. Uh huh. Now some of his biggest cheerleaders are saying the 4D chess excuse was just a means people used to rationalize the cognitive dissonance they were experiencing between the hope they were promised and what they were actually getting. Hope dies hard; so, as 4D got harder to believe over time, it evolved into claims of 40D chess, which meant only the Great Pumpkin, himself, was capable of understanding what he was doing. That was supposedly why none of his followers could explain how stuffing the White House with swam creatures was going to take out the swamp.
All the time, what Trump was really doing was keeping the swamp in all the deep power positions of all branches of government, just as he later placed the medical establishment in charge of government during the COVID pandemic, creating vast wealth for Big Pharma corporations on the government dole. He also ensconced his own unqualified family members in the White House while taking out Steve Bannon and others like him that the liberal Kushner Klan objected to who might have actually helped take down the swamp.
As Alison Steinberg seems to be saying, Trump’s actual 4D chess may have been in playing his supporters to convince them for four years that what looked like he was placing the swamp in full power (because he actually was) was really just his covert way of disabling the swamp (which, of course, never happened). It’s called the “long con” — convince them they are helping take down the status quo, when they are actually empowering him to keep the military powers that be and banking powers and Big Pharma powers and all other large corporate powers fully in power, and giving them massive tax breaks, and even using the COVIDcrisis government created to give them huge corporate bailouts/welfare, his corporations included. He is doing the same thing in the aftermath of the January 6 rally as he holds more rallies to raise money for his legal defense. If he really cared about his supporters, why are none of the multi-millions he is raising going to the legal defense of his many January-6 supporters who are now “rotting in prison,” as Steinberg bemoans.
The rest of the Trump anti-establishment story that played out in his feuds with the mainstream press was a Roman arena act for the masses on television, Trump’s home turf. All to keep the increasingly disaffected and disquieted Right calm while he put the swamp in charge for yet another round right in plain sight. It worked because people trusted him because they needed a champion, and he sounded like their best hope. He said the things they wanted to hope for and spoke like the common man.
I pointed out how he was doing nothing to drain the swamp back them, but I didn’t do it to diminish Trump. I did it in hopes that his supporters would see that he was putting the swamp in full power all over again and would seriously hold his feet to the fire on his promise to drain it. Because Trump does thrive on the public adulation of his supporters, his narcissism could cause him to move in the direction it takes to maintain their lavish praise and cheers, but only if they very obviously remove their praise and support when he is clearly going the wrong way or not delivering what he promised.
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