Trump's close advisers urge him to make PSA to persuade his followers to get the Covid-19 vaccine
April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 28: Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
With polls showing about half of Republicans are unenthusiastic about getting a Covid-19 vaccine, some of former President Donald Trump's advisers are encouraging him to make a public service announcement encouraging his followers to roll up their sleeves, according to two former senior Trump administration officials.
(CNN)With polls showing that about half of Republicans are unenthusiastic about getting a Covid-19 vaccine, some of former President Donald Trump's advisers are encouraging him to make a public service announcement encouraging his followers to roll up their sleeves, according to two former senior Trump administration officials.
The officials emphasized that vaccine hesitancy among Republicans could threaten herd immunity and Trump's followers will listen to him -- and pretty much only him.
"Vaccines are widely regarded as one of Trump's greatest accomplishments, and Trump understands that this legacy is at risk because half of his supporters are not taking the vaccine," one of the officials said.
"In Trump country, if you want to call it that, there are still significant numbers of people who aren't sure [Covid-19] is a real thing, despite folks getting sick, and there are lots of suspicions about the vaccine," the source said.
A third former Trump official said there were concerns as early as last summer that too many Republicans would say no to the vaccine.
That official said Trump ally Michael Caputo briefly mentioned to Trump last fall that it would be good for the president to do a vaccine PSA after the election.
The former Trump administration officials said they don't want to see Trump's efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine -- dubbed Operation Warp Speed -- undone by vaccine hesitancy, including hesitancy among his own supporters.
The other senior official said Trump supporters would respond well to the former president "taking ownership of Operation Warp Speed" and discussing how he and the former first lady were both vaccinated.