Candace Owens asks conservatives to go easy on Trump over vaccines

Anti-vaxxer Candace Owens says Donald Trump only got COVID booster and defended vaccines because he’s ‘too old’ to use the internet and read online testimony against the shots

  • Candace Owens reached out to her followers and told them that Trump only praised vaccines because he is not savvy enough to do better research
  • This comes after Trump pushed back against Owens anti-vaccine rhetoric during an interview that aired earlier this week
  • Trump told Owens that people unvaccinated against coronavirus are the ones getting ‘very sick’ and encouraged all Americans get the jab 
  • Owens has been one of the loudest Conservative leaders of the anti-vax movement and has said she will ‘never ever’ get the COVID-19 vaccine 
  • She went on to say that many donors and supporters of Trump were horrified by his support of the vaccine and are ‘questioning where all of this is coming from’   
  • Owens blamed Trump’s stance on vaccines on him only reading ‘mainstream media news’ instead of conducting research on ‘obscure websites,’

Candace Owens is asking that conservatives go easy on Trump because he is ‘too old’ to do ‘independent research’ on vaccines following an interview where he encouraged vaccinations and said he’d gotten a COVID booster. 

The conservative pundit reached out to her followers in an Instagram video posted after her Wednesday interview with former president Donald Trump and told them that Trump, 75, only praised vaccines because he is not savvy enough to do better research.  

‘People oftentimes forget that, like, how old Trump is,’ she said. ‘He comes from a generation — I’ve seen a lot of people who are older, have the exact same perspective, like, they came from a time before TV, before internet, before being able to conduct independent research. And everything they read to them that was in a newspaper that was pitched to them, they believed that that was a reality.’ 

Candace Owens reached out to her followers on Instagram and told them that Trump only praised vaccines because he is not savvy enough to do better research

Donald Trump urged Americans to get vaccinated, arguing: ‘If you take the vaccine, you’re protected. Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine’

This comes after Trump pushed back against Owens anti-vaccine rhetoric during an interview that aired earlier this week.

Trump told Owens that people unvaccinated against coronavirus are the ones getting ‘very sick’ and encouraged all Americans get the jab all while taking credit for its creation.

‘I came up with a vaccine – with three vaccines,’ Trump told the Daily Wire host, referring to the development of the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines while he was still president. ‘All are very, very good. Came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years.’

Owens interjected: ‘Yet more people have died under COVID this year, by the way, under Joe Biden, then under you and more people took the vaccine this year. So people are questioning how –’

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) 

But the former president interrupted Owens, assuring: ‘Oh no, the vaccine work (sic), but some people aren’t the ones. The ones who get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine. But it’s still their choice.’

‘And if you take the vaccine, you’re protected,’ he continued. ‘Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.’

Owens has been one of the loudest Conservative leaders of the anti-vax movement and has said she will ‘never ever’ get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

‘I have no issue with any person who wants to get the vaccine,’ she tweeted on Thursday. ‘I just will never ever let that vaccine into my body. I believe firmly that Big Pharma is the greatest evil on the face of the planet. I am healthy, young, in shape and simply unafraid of Covid-19.’

In her Instagram post she went on to say that many donors and supporters of Trump were horrified by his support of the vaccine and are ‘questioning where all of this is coming from’ 

‘I don’t think anything evil is going on,’ she said. ‘I think he genuinely believes that and he needs to sit down and have a conversation with someone, a lager conversation with someone to really understand what’s going on and why so many people are just horrified.’ 

She blamed Trump’s stance on vaccines on him only reading ‘mainstream media news’ instead of conducting research on ‘obscure websites,’ and said that the President, who in part won the presidency in 2016 because of his knowledge of social media, is not on the internet. 

‘I do not believe trump is on the internet, he just relies on typical mainstream sources,’ she said. 

Trump praise of the vaccine goes against a large portion of his base, but in the interview with Owens he also opposed the increasing number of mandates related to masking and vaccinations.

‘Forget about the mandates, people have to have their freedom,’ Trump told Owens in the interview that aired Wednesday.

‘But at the same time, the vaccine is one of the greatest achievements of mankind.’

So far 61.6 per cent of Americans are fully vaccinated, but that isn’t stopping a holiday surge in case rates. And some states are seeing numbers of new cases exceeding any other points during the pandemic as the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues to spread across the nation. 

Christmas Eve saw total infections edge closer to the all-time record with 261,339 new cases, up 10 per cent from Thursday, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University published Friday.   

Trump also showed his support for vaccines last weekend  during an appearance with Bill O’Reilly in Texas where he revealed he received his booster shot, which led to him being booed by his supporters.

His stance on vaccines is also one of the rare things him and his former rival President Joe Biden can agree on. 

On Tuesday Trump said he was ‘very appreciative’ of President Joe Biden paying tribute to his administration’s efforts to create the vaccine earlier this week – adding that he was ‘surprised to hear it.’ 

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