Tom Pappert
National File

April 23, 2021

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump spoke extensively to the New York Post, and urged his supporters to take one of the controversial COVID-19 vaccines first developed by his administration’s Operation Warp Speed. Now, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is celebrating the former President’s rhetoric.

“I’m all in favor of the vaccine,” President Trump told the Post on Thursday. “It’s one of the great achievements, a true miracle, and not only for the United States. We’re saving tens of millions of lives throughout the world. We’re saving entire countries.” He added that, after he received the vaccine, he did not even experience the adverse symptoms that many Americans feel for days. “Not even a bit of arm soreness,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing stuff.”

Now, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, routinely a critic of President Trump who has publicly derided the President’s policies while he was in office, “applauds” President Trump for urging his supporters to take the controversial vaccines. “I am glad he did that,” said de Blasio, who even the Post notes is “normally a fierce critic of the former commander-in-chief.” De Blasio added, “We gotta speak to everyone, we gotta tell everyone it’s so important to get vaccinated, including folks who had doubts.

President Trump has often incorrectly claimed that the vaccine would help working Americans return to a normal life. However, the CDC now claims that Americans must continue to social distance, wear masks, and eat alone even after taking the vaccine, and numerous countries and American cities – including New York – are developing vaccine passports that will be required to enter public areas.

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