An impassible chasm now separates Donald J. Trump from the high-ranking “White Hat” military commanders who not long ago pledged to support his war on the Deep State in hopes of restoring American prosperity to patriotic citizens. Although still pursuing, capturing, and incarcerating Deep State players, the military has reached a breaking point with Trump over his glowing endorsement for vaccinations and booster shots.
As reported previously, Trump last month irritated a MAGA crowd in Dallas when he urged supporters to get vaccines and boosters, saying he had been boosted and that Covid-19 vaccines had saved tens of millions of lives. He then butt-heads with conservative commentator Candace Owens, who challenged his position on vaccine safety and efficacy. Trump claimed without evidence that hospitals are overwhelmed with unvaccinated patients, and he alleged that persons who had received vaccines and boosters “do not get sick.” His amorous adulation for Operation Warp Speed and the vaccines earned him a telephone call from the man who was his key military ally, Marine Corps General David H. Berger. He asked the 45th president to dampen the vaccine rhetoric.
More recently, Trump’s ambivalence on who should get vaccinated and when has put MAGAs in a quandary, as they are uncertain where he stands. In a Wednesday NPR interview, Trump hyped vaccinations: “The vaccines, I recommend taking them. Many people recommend them. And I think that’s very important. Personally, I feel very comfortable having taken them. I’ve had absolutely no reverberation.” The next day he said he didn’t understand why anyone who has had and recovered from Covid-19, and presumably has antibodies, would get vaccinated.
His seesawing has now expanded the divide between him and the U.S. military.
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“He’s sending mixed messages that damage his credibility. No one wants to impugn his character, but Trump must deliver a clear and consistent message. He’s either for vaccines and boosters, or against them. We have a right to know, and so does his base,” said Marine Corps Captain Thomas Wheeler, who serves under Gen. Berger.
A second influential military source, this one wishing to remain anonymous, ascribed Trump’s vaccine advocacy to his ego.
“Donald Trump has a lot of pride and doesn’t like to admit failure. He got tricked into launching Operation Warp Speed and rushing dangerous vaccines to market. Look, Trump has done a lot for this country, that’s not in question, but he ought to come out and say he was deceived and tell the truth about the thousands and thousands of people getting sick or dead from the vaccination. Omicron isn’t killing anyone, it’s the vaccines. And his reluctance to be forthcoming is damaging our mission and him too,” that source said.