Republicans Are Undermining the Vaccine and Blaming Biden for It - 2021-11-29

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F248.png Republicans Are Undermining the Vaccine and Blaming Biden for It November 29, 2021, Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

One of the changes Donald Trump wrought on the Republican Party was to make vaccine skeptics an important constituency. Fox News personalities fuel vaccine skepticism on a near-nightly basis, while Republican politicians treat anti-vaxxers like an oppressed minority requiring special protections. Several Republican governors are discarding their normal stinginess with unemployment benefits to extend coverage to workers who quit rather than get vaccinated, reports Axios, in order "to build loyalty with unvaccinated Americans while undermining Biden administration mandates."

The tricky part of this change is that vaccine skeptics are a minority of the public, and the party has to cater to them without exposing itself to a backlash from the pro-vaccine majority.

You can see elements of this tension running through the rhetoric of the mainstream conservative movement, which studiously ignores the right's alliance with anti-vaxxers while blaming the Biden administration for the result. A new Wall Street Journal editorial provides a laboratory-perfect sample of the party line.

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