Trump gets heckled over booster shot admission
Dallas crowd HECKLES Trump when he reveals he’s gotten a COVID booster: Tells audience to ‘take credit’ for the shot and ‘you’re playing right into their hands’ when you doubt the vaccine
- Former President Donald Trump was heckled in Dallas Sunday for confirming he received his COVID-19 booster shot
- Trump appeared with ex-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly as part of their ‘History Tour’
- When Trump told O’Reilly that ‘yes’ he had been boosted part of the crowd started yelling
- ‘Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t … no, no, no,’ Trump responded, wagging his hand at a section of the crowd. ‘There’s a very tiny group over there,’ Trump said
- Trump had encouraged the crowd to ‘take credit’ for the vaccine
- ‘You’re playing right into their hands when you’re sort of like ‘oh the vaccine,” the ex-president said
- Trump’s comments came after he refused to get his shots on-camera and said in September he wasn’t likely to get a booster shot
Former President Donald Trump was heckled in Dallas Sunday for confirming he received his COVID-19 booster shot.
Trump appeared onstage with ex-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for the final stop of their ‘History Tour.’
‘Both the president and I are vaxxed,’ O’Reilly said. ‘Did you get the booster?’ he asked Trump.
Trump answered, ‘yes,’ to which O’Reilly replied, ‘I got it too,’ as members of the crowd started to yell.
‘Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t … no, no, no,’ Trump responded, wagging his hand at a section of the crowd. ‘There’s a very tiny group over there,’ the ex-president said, pointing.
Trump had encouraged the crowd to ‘take credit’ for the vaccine. ‘You’re playing right into their hands when you’re sort of like ‘oh the vaccine,” the ex-president said.
Former President Donald Trump (left) was heckled in Dallas Sunday for confirming he received his COVID-19 booster shot alongside former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly (right)
Data shows that Republicans are much more skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccines than their Democratic counterparts.
And while Trump has touted his Operation Warp Speed – the public-private partnership his White House spurred for swift COVID-19 vaccine development – he’s also allowed anti-vaccination sentiment to fester by giving it some cover.
He did so Sunday by telling the audience that they didn’t have to get their shots.
‘If you don’t want to take it you shouldn’t be forced to take it,’ Trump said. ‘No mandates,’ he said to cheers.
He previously refused to get his COVID-19 vaccine on-camera, doing it quietly before leaving the White House in January.
In September, Trump floated that he might not get the booster.
‘I don’t think so,’ he told Sharyl Attkisson for her show Full Measure. ‘I mean, I don’t think so – I really feel I’m in pretty good shape with respect to that. But let’s see what happens.’
‘If I feel it’s good, if I feel it’s necessary, I would get it,’ the ex-president added.
He, again, didn’t get his booster shot televised.
While in the White House, Trump also downplayed the benefits of wearing a mask.
He held large rallies against the advice of public health professionals in the months leading up to the November 2020 election.
Trump was infected with COVID in October 2020 and was hospitalized.
Still, he considered his administration’s handling of the pandemic a triumph.
Trump’s spokeswoman Liz Harrington sent out a crowd shot of the Dallas event, after part of the crowd heckled the ex-president and Bill O’Reilly when they revealed they had been boosted
‘We did something that was historic,’ he boasted on Sunday. ‘We saved tens of millions of lives worldwide. We, together, all of us. We got a vaccine done, three vaccines done, and tremendous therapeutics like Regeneron and other things that have saved a lot of lives.’
‘We got a vaccine done in less than nine months. It was supposed to take from five to 12 years,’ the ex-president continued.
Trump said it could have been like the ‘Spanish flu of 1917 where up to 100 million died.’
The Spanish flu pandemic happened between 1918 and 1919 and 50 million died worldwide, with an estimated 675,000 fatalities occurring in the United States.
The COVID-19 death count in the United States has surpassed 800,000.
‘Take credit for it,’ Trump told the audience about the vaccines. ‘What we’ve done is historic. Don’t let them take it away. Don’t take it away from ourselves.’
Trump previously got booed at a rally in Alabama in August when he recommended to the crowd that they get their shots.
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