“I did the vaccines on my own! “

The key to understanding Donald Trump’s core belief system lies in the proper placement of three letters: i, m, and a; two vowels and a consonant. It is said that a person is I ammoral if they share a set of values ​​with a community but fail to follow those values. It is said that a person is amoral if they have no defined personal value, and do not give a single number for what society has to say about good and bad.

Trump is amoral to an almost perfect degree. Its existence is entirely transactional: neither good nor bad, only what’s in it for Trump. The fact that what is for Trump tends to be bad for almost everyone makes him sound immoral, but the low nature of existence resides in a deeper, wetter cellar of the soul. The devoted lickspitttles in his orbit are mostly immoral, as many of them know what they’re doing is wrong, but stick with it because stealing the rubes makes a lot of money. Trump’s amorality does not make such distinctions; if it’s good for him, then it’s good, end of file and give it to me.

It can be surprising, then, when he’s actually doing the right thing as he wades through his dark, vivid, monochromatic existence. There is no context for it. It’s like watching Neo take off and fly at the end of The matrix. Can he do that? Who knew? On a personal note, I can count on two fingers the number of moral actions President Trump has presided over: He killed far fewer soldiers and civilians than his Republican predecessor, and he made the rapid development of a COVID vaccine. -19 the highest of his administration. priority.

Of course, any morality found in Trump’s quest for a quick vaccine is stripped to the bone by his ultimate motivation to get the thing. It wasn’t to save lives and reduce the pandemic, but to save his own butt in an increasingly busy election year. He was perfectly happy to poke fun at the effectiveness of masks (the result of which almost certainly made people sick and dead), and threw science itself under the bus more times than can be reckoned with. precision. In October 2020, he lied about his own COVID status on the eve of the first debate and put God knows how many people, including his opponent Joe Biden, at risk.

Trump’s deliberate creation (and his continued loyalty to) the polar ‘us versus them’ theme that continues to cloud our approach to the pandemic was the defining element of his last year in office and the election that ultimately brought him to power. pointed to the door… but even then, through it all, he hammered the vaccine barrel with all his might. In his opinion, vaccines were the magic elixir that would save him from defeat. For Trump, it is Okay that he threw away masks, science, doctors, safe practices and whatever the pandemic demanded; the vax was his miracle solution and would take care of everything, especially him.

Flash forward a year, and Trump’s polemics against masks and science have resulted in a nation on the verge of two wave variants simultaneously with about 40 percent of the population still unvaccinated. The vaccines he championed are medical miracles, but his advocacy for them never translated into acceptance within his support base due to his widespread anti-science rhetoric, leaving the country vulnerable to it. Complete collapse of the health care system if the unvaccinated among us are overwhelmed. In many places this is already happening.

So that was exactly the moment last Sunday when Trump in Dallas did a road show with a disgraced alumnus. Fox news personality Bill O’Reilly, was booed by the crowd who usually adored him after admitting he received the booster shot. “Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, no, no,” he barked in response to the booers. “It’s – there’s a very little group there. Trump was so upset by the crowd’s reaction that he should have been consoled by O’Reilly afterwards.

Fast forward to Tuesday, when Trump spoke to famous right-wing hacker Candace Owens and the topic of vaccines was brought up. Trump was quick to take credit for them – of course – by praising their efficiency. Owens tried to turn the discussion into an attack fueled by a drug conspiracy, but Trump didn’t want to say anything.

“Oh no, vaccines work,” Trump retorted quickly, “but some people aren’t that. Those who get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones who do not get the vaccine. But it’s still their choice. And if you get vaccinated, you are protected. Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you get it, it’s a very minor form. People don’t die when they get vaccinated.

It’s been twice in a week since Trump opened his throats to his own horde, and the current president took note by praising Trump for it in a speech. Trump reacted to the praise in a way I had never seen before: he was kind, even sociable. “I am very grateful for this,” Trump told Fox news. “I was surprised to hear it. I think it was a great thing, and I think it makes a lot of people happy…. I think [Biden] does something very well. You know, it’s got to be a healing process in this country, and it’ll help a lot. “

Your head is spinning, your mind is spinning, and you can expect the same. Trump didn’t suddenly find religion here: he wants a piece of the action. He wants his face up there on Vaccine Mt. Rushmore when the day finally comes when we get this thing under some semblance of control. Of course, the cry of “I did the vaccines on my own!” Will be the centerpiece of his campaign if he runs for president again. This lays the foundation for that, and there is certainly more to come. Trump is the heavyweight champion of consistent messaging, and that’s his new post.

… And you know what? Fine. Let him try. We need all the help we can get. Right now, those cut off against vaccines refuse to listen to anyone, scientist or government, arguing for vaccines. They should not be trusted, as Trump bravely taught his supporters for years. He is largely responsible for it, and if his own self-interest prompts him to act in the self-interest of his compatriots for a refreshing change of pace, I see no sense in trying to thwart him because of his original guilt. If Donald Trump extolling vaccines (and himself) is used to put a few needles in the arms of a few dollars, he will have accomplished the best deed of his life since entering politics.

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