Which is a good thing! Sanders, the former White House press secretary and frontrunner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas next year, is a prominent figure among Republicans both in his home state and at national scale.
But the way Sanders worded that decision is, well, bad.
And this in particular (the fat is mine): “It is clear that the Vaccin Trump works and saves lives. ”
This is not the “Trump vaccine”. Or the “Biden vaccine”. Or the “Cillizza vaccine”. It’s just the vaccine, one that – if people get it – will save thousands of lives.
When Sanders refers to the Covid-19 vaccine as being somehow linked to Trump, she throws some red meat to Trump voters (and Trump himself) who think the former president no not getting enough credit for its development – time, no less!
In case you missed this post, Sanders came right over and wrote it down. Here is this section of the editorial:
“If President Biden, Vice President Harris and others on the left really care about increasing the vaccination rate and saving lives, they should admit that they were wrong to cast doubt on the operation. Warp Speed and give President Trump and his team the credit they deserve. for the development of a safe and effective vaccine in record time. “
So the key to getting more Arkansans vaccinated is not the science which clearly shows that the unvaccinated are at enormous risk of catching the Delta variant, but rather President Biden and Vice President Harris apologizing for not giving Trump enough credit to develop the vaccine?
The problem here – aside from this insane logic – is that Sanders paints the vaccine in purely political terms. It’s the Trump vaccine. And Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. And the dastardly Democrats who don’t want to give Trump credit.
Of course, getting vaccinated against a virus that has killed more than 610,000 Americans (and over 4.2 million worldwide) has nothing to do with politics. Vaccination against Covid-19 must be a public health issue. We need to achieve collective immunity so that those of us who cannot yet be vaccinated – children under 12, organ recipients – can be protected.
Who politicized the virus – and therefore the vaccine? Former Sanders boss Donald Trump. And like a good piece of the old block, she does it now too.