After learning that nearly half of Republican Party supporters surveyed do not plan to be vaccinated against the deadly disease, a clinician felt confused.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, struggles to understand why 49 percent of Americans who voted for Donald Trump refused to have the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus vaccine.
“I just do not get it why they do not want to be vaccinated,” he said in a video shared on Twitter. “I am very surprised that the high percentage of Republicans who do not want to be vaccinated, I do not understand where that is coming from … [and] it is puzzling to me.”
The remarks came after Fauci reviewed results from an NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Marist Poll that found 49 percent of male Republican supporters did not want to be vaccinated, even if given the opportunity. The poll conducted between March 3 and 8 also showed 50 percent of respondents would agree to be vaccinated “if a vaccine is made available.”
The Democrat suggested those who refused to be vaccinated were doing so out of partisan reasons.
“This is not a political issue; it is a public health issue,” he said.
He then tried to portray the former president as a key figure behind the CCP Virus vaccination program and accused Trump supporters were denying this fact and refusing to cooperate.
“I mean, clearly Operation Warp Speed started in the Trump administration,” he said. “It was very successful in getting us the vaccines that we need right now. It seems like an intrinsic contradiction.”
He also claimed President Trump could easily convince every single GOP supporter to be vaccinated.
“He is a very widely popular person among Republicans [and] he is such a strongly popular person,” he said. “I cannot imagine if he comes out that they would not get vaccinated.”
He even suggested the former Oval Office bearer would become one of the few males to give birth to a baby.
“The fact that you had a program that was started during his pregnancy, and he is not out telling people to get vaccinated,” he said. “If he came out and said, ‘Go and get vaccinated. It is really important for your health, the health of your family, and the country’s health. It seems absolutely inevitable that the vast majority of people who are his close followers would listen to him.”
The poll reported an error margin of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.