President Trump responds to jeers saying “don’t, don’t, don’t,” touting Operation Warp Speed.
- After President Trump announced that he had received his booster shot, some in the crowd started to boo. Trump brushed them off. “Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, no, no, no,” he began. Then he pointed at the audience. “That’s a very tiny group over there.”
- From there, Trump proceeded to praise both the vaccines and the efforts that led to them. “Look, we did something that was historic, we saved tens of millions of lives worldwide when we, together, all of us, we got a vaccine done,” Trump said. “This was going to ravage the country far beyond what it is right now, take credit for it . . . it’s great, what we’ve done is historic. Don’t let them take it away.”
- All the same, Trump opposes forced vaccination, though some argue that his consistent endorsement of the vaccines overshadows his opposition to the mandates. “I wouldn’t say to anybody, ‘You have to.’ But I would sell it . . . I would convince people.”
- What’s inescapably clear is that Trump is keen to take credit for Operation Warp Speed and the vaccines’ quick development. “It was supposed to take five years and they said it wasn’t going to work. I did three vaccines in less than nine months and they do work, they work really well,” he said back in October.
- On the evidence that the vaccines are unsafe, the former president has yet to offer any substantial remarks.