Chelsea Clinton says former President Trump could “claim credit for the enormous progress” his administration made in swiftly developing COVID-19 vaccines by releasing photos of himself getting vaccinated.
“I still wish that they would release photographs of President Trump and Mrs. Trump being vaccinated, because I think it’s the right thing to do – full stop,” the 41-year-old daughter of former President Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in a Thursday appearance on ABC’s “The View.”
“It’s also I think really important that we know white Republican men are currently the most vaccine weary, the least likely to say that they would be willing to get a COVID vaccine,” Clinton continued.
“Right now we know President Trump remains the most popular figure for that demographic, so I do think that it would make a real difference if he were to claim credit for the enormous progress that his administration did help enable through Operation Warp Speed, if you were willing to kind of be a poster child of vaccines and vaccinations, because I think that it would make a difference,” the author and “In Fact” podcast host said.
.@ChelseaClinton tells @TheView “it’s never too late” for former Pres. Trump to publicly show his support for COVID-19 vaccines: “I still wish they would release photographs of President Trump and Mrs. Trump being vaccinated because I think it’s the right thing to do.” pic.twitter.com/6jfc4FHRwN
– The View (@TheView) April 15, 2021
While Trump urged his supporters to get the vaccine, saying, “So everybody, go get your shot,” during a speech at the Conservative Political Action conference in February, he received his own vaccination behind closed doors in January before leaving office. News of his inoculation didn’t come out until last month.
The day before Clinton’s “View” interview, the 45th president’s daughter, former White House adviser Ivanka Trump, followed through on a vow she had made on the daytime talk show last year to get vaccinated when it was available.
Today, I got the shot!!! I hope that you do too!
Thank you Nurse Torres!!! pic.twitter.com/gPL1Mecv1G
– Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 14, 2021
Clinton said Thursday that despite Trump not joining her father and the other living ex-commanders in chief, including former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Carter in an ad campaign urging Americans to get vaccinated, there was still time to use his platform to dispel vaccine hesitancy.
“It’s never too late, even though he may have missed the PSA casting and cutoff and although he may not be on Twitter any longer, he certainly always seems to find ways to have his voice heard,” Clinton said.
“So I hope that he will still release those photographs, and talk about why he and Mrs. Trump were vaccinated, and hopefully were really grateful to be so.”