Trumpland's dangerous role playing games | CNN
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Michael D'Antonio writes that former President Donald Trump's supporters act as if their actions are without consequences. But the sentencing of Paul Hodgkins, an insurrectionist at the Capitol on January 6, combined with the alarming rates of severe Covid-19 and death among the unvaccinated, show that repercussions are inevitable.
In the wake of his sentencing, we shouldn’t overlook the fact that years of lies and propaganda issued by former President Donald Trump and others set the conditions for thousands of people to battle police until they gained control of the Capitol, driving senators, representatives and the Vice President out of their chambers and into hiding.
In similar way, millions of Americans are now demonstrating their loyalty to Trump and their tribe by risking their lives, and the lives others, as they refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 – despite the fact that Trump himself reportedly received the vaccine in January.
Vaccine skepticism has been a problem in Trump country as the government races to defeat the virus by using inoculation to achieve so-called “herd immunity. ” As president Trump had modeled anti-science skepticism by generally refusing to wear a face mask and ridiculing the top pandemic advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
In the case of vaccines, even the fact that they were developed with funds provided by the Trump administration doesn’t seem to have much effect.
As regions of under-vaccinated Trump Country experience surges in cases, many in right-wing media are fighting against the government’s best efforts to save people from a virus that has already killed 600,000 Americans.
Like supporting Trump’s Big Lie that says the last election was stolen from him, opposition to the vaccine may be shaping up to be a requirement for those who would claim to remain on Team Trump.