Of Course Trump and Melania Got Vaccinated Before Leaving the White House

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In perhaps the least shocking news you’ll hear all day, Trump and Melania made sure to get vaccinated before leaving the White House in January.

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Though of course we didn’t hear about it at the time, a Trump adviser shared this barely-revelatory revelation with Axios after the former president appeared at CPAC over the weekend to dump on the Republicans who voted to impeach him and preserve his standing in the party. During the same rambling 90-minute speech on Sunday, Trump also encouraged his supporters to get their jabs, probably one of the only times Trump has said anything useful about covid.

In typical Trump fashion, he delivered this public service announcement while simultaneously taking all of the credit for the vaccine (never mind that his administration completely bungled the rollout): “Never let them forget this was us,” he told the CPAC crowd. “We did this.”

“We took care of a lot of people—including, I guess, on December 21st, we took care of Joe Biden, because he got his shot, he got his vaccine,” Trump continued. “It shows you how unpainful that vaccine shot is. ...So everybody, go get your shot.”

Inspiring words from a man who got covid after spending months downplaying the severity of the virus, and was reportedly unwilling to get the vaccine before the White House medical team recommended it to him. The only public good that could have come from Trump’s ultimate decision to get the vaccine would have been if he had broadcast it, as other politicians have. Experts say that when leaders get vaccinated publicly, it increases people’s confidence in the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness—confidence Trump’s base in particular is lacking (largely thanks to Trump).

But why would Trump do anything good?

Night blogger at Jezebel with writing at The Baffler, The Nation, The New Republic, Vice, and more.

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Cheers Pink Ears!

I got my first dose of the vaccine the same day as President Biden, so I'm clearly better than Trump. My hospital should pay me extra for my vaccine ambassadorship. I take a walk almost every day at lunch, and I see the same people almost every day, and I've told almost all the people on my walk about my experience getting vaccinated, and giving out tips and phone numbers to get an appointment.