The right-wing anti-Covid vaccine push is missing a scapegoat

The right-wing anti-Covid vaccine push is missing a scapegoat

For months now, right-wing politicians and media figures have cast baseless doubt on the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines . It’s ghoulish and vile — and I’m worried that it’s gearing up for an even more dangerous phase. There’s an obvious political slant to this misinformation, a terrible logic that views the Biden administration’s vaccination campaign as an impediment to potential Republican electoral victories. Basically, in this thinking, anything President Joe Biden does that’s good for the country is bad for the GOP. Ergo, vaccines that would help America safely and fully reopen — not to mention save lives — must be bad. Eventually, these theorists are going to need a scapegoat: someone to blame for the inescapable fact that people are still dying from Covid-19. The anti-vaccine narrative has taken hold among Republican voters, helping keep the vaccination rate in the U.S. at about 59 percent of adults . Forty-seven percent of Republicans said they weren’t likely to get vaccinated , a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found. Rather than help push his followers to get their shots, former President Donald Trump joined the cavalcade of denialists over the weekend. In a statement dripping with pique, he linked mistrust in the administration’s vaccination push to his own lies about the election: "He’s way behind schedule, and people are refusing to take the Vaccine because they don’t trust his Administration, they don’t trust the Election results, and they certainly don’t trust the Fake News, which is refusing to tell […]

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