In a surprising move from the former president, Donald Trump is advocating for vaccines. In an interview with conservative personality Candace Owens, he challenged some of Owens' statements that none of the three COVID-19 vaccines work. The Hill reports the controversial ex-leader unabashedly took credit for the creation of the vaccines and the "incredible speed" at which they were offered to the public amid the pandemic's chaos.
Donald Trump: 'The Vaccine is one of the greatest achievements of mankind' 'All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) are very good' 'The vaccines work – If you take the vaccine you are protected' 'People aren't dying when they take the vaccine' pic.twitter.com/fU8q1sdMda
— Popper (@Kukicat7) December 22, 2021
“I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines,” Trump told Owens on Tuesday's episode of The Daily Wire's Candace. “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 was quick to jump back with another question, challenging the idea supposedly pushed under the Biden administration that the vaccines are supposed to lower people's chances of dying from the virus once received.
“Yet more people have died under COVID this year,” Owens told Trump. “By the way, under Joe Biden than under you, and more people took the vaccine this year. So people are questioning how—”
“Oh no, the vaccines work, but some people aren’t the ones," Trump responded quickly. "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."
“Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form,” Trump continued. “People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.”
One person thought the interview was an indication for Owens to have some self-reflection.
Dear Candice Owens,
When DONALD TRUMP makes you look stupid, it is time to take a long hard look at yourself.
— Chip Franklin.com ????WhatTheFranklin (@chipfranklin) December 23, 2021
The moment proved as a shock not only to Trump's supporters but also to his opposition. According to Axios, while Trump has been vaccinated himself, his stance on advocating for the vaccines hasn't been consistent. Many of those communities that support him are experiencing lower vaccination rates.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki capitalized on the moment, backing his statements as something finally he and the White House can both agree on.
"Just going to echo former President Trump here on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines," Psaki said in a tweet. "Merry Christmas eve eve. go get boosted."