On Friday morning, Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams received the COVID-19 vaccination on live television, an important first step to letting the American public know that the vaccine is safe.
But where was Donald Trump? Shouldn’t he have been there, too? After all, he’s the one that’s repeatedly taken credit for “Operation Warp Speed,” insisting that he made sure the vaccine was available so quickly thanks to his tireless efforts. In reality, of course, he had almost nothing to do with the vaccine. The pharmaceutical companies did all of the research, formulation, and testing.
Trump’s absence set off endless chatter, with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman suggesting Trump sees getting a shot as a sign of weakness:
“I have a theory… I don’t think that he wants to be jabbed with a needle on live television. I just don’t. I think that he considers that to be some kind of an act of weakness.
“This is one of those moments where none of us particularly want to roll up our arms and have our arms jabbed on television, necessarily, but it is important. And he is choosing not to do something that could help save lives.”
Yeah, that’s plausible. But others on social media thought it might have something to do with the fact that the president knows he’s chubby and pale, two things that don’t look good on television:
What do you think? Is Maggie Haberman right when she says it’s all about looking weak? Or is it Trump’s endless well of vanity?
No matter the reason, Trump’s refusal could cost thousands more Americans their lives. And he’s already responsible for over 310,000 of those.