Former President Donald Trump was harassed in Dallas on Sunday for confirming he had received a COVID-19 booster shot.
Trump appeared on stage with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on the last leg of his “History Tour.”
“We both felt the president and I was upset,” O’Reilly said. “Did you get the booster medication?” Trump asked.
“Yes,” Trump replied, “I get it too,” O’Reilly replied, as members of the crowd started screaming.
“No, no, no, no … no, no, no,’ replied Trump, shaking his hand in a section of the crowd. “There is a very small group out there,” the former president said, noting.
Trump encouraged the crowd to “take credit” for the vaccine. “You play for them when you’re like ‘Hey Vaccine,'” the former president said.
Former President Donald Trump (left) was harassed in Dallas on Sunday for confirming he had received a COVID-19 booster dose alongside former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly (right)
Data shows that Republicans are more skeptical about COVID-19 vaccines than their Democratic counterparts.
And while Trump has promoted Operation Warp Speed — the public-private partnership the White House catalysed to develop a rapid COVID-19 vaccine — he has also allowed anti-vaccination sentiment to fester by giving it some coverage.
He did so on Sunday by telling the audience that they don’t have to take their shots.
“If you don’t want to take it, you shouldn’t be forced to take it,” Trump said. “There are no states,” he said to cheer.
He previously refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine on camera, and did so quietly before leaving the White House in January.
In September, Trump announced he might not be getting a booster dose.
“I don’t think so,” he told Sharyl Attkisson of her show Full Measure. I mean, I don’t think so – I really feel like I’m pretty good about that. But let’s see what happens.
“If I feel it’s good, if I feel it’s necessary, I’ll have it,” the former president added.
He, again, did not get the booster shot on TV.
While in the White House, Trump also downplayed the benefits of wearing a mask.
He held large rallies against the advice of public health professionals in the months leading up to the November 2020 elections.
Trump contracted COVID in October 2020 and was hospitalized.
Nevertheless, his administration’s handling of the pandemic was considered a victory.
Trump’s spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, sent out a crowd shot of the Dallas event, after part of the crowd upset the former president and Bill O’Reilly when they revealed they had been boosted.
“We did something historic,” he boasted on Sunday. We have saved tens of millions of lives around the world. We are, together, each of us. We got a vaccine, three vaccinations were done, massive treatments like Regeneron and other things that saved a lot of lives.
We got a vaccine in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years, the former president continued.
Trump said it would have been like “the Spanish flu of 1917 where up to 100 million died.”
The Spanish flu pandemic occurred between 1918 and 1919 and killed 50 million people worldwide, with an estimated 675,000 deaths in the United States.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States has exceeded 800,000.
“Take credit for that,” Trump told the audience about vaccines. What we did is historic. Don’t let them take it away. Don’t take it from ourselves.
Trump was previously booed at a rally in Alabama in August when he recommended to the crowd that they get their shots.