Nation Stunned: Republicans Don’t Trust The Gubmint!

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Axios’ morning email thingie includes this No D’uh news:

Unvaccinated Americans’ already low trust in government plummeted during 2021, Axios managing editor Margaret Talev writes from a year’s worth of data from the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Gentle Readers, prepare yourselves for a shock: there is a place where Black Americans and Republicans agree, it seems:

Republicans and Black Americans make up two disproportionately high segments of the unvaccinated population. But the survey found they’re managing that decision in dramatically different ways.

  • Black Americans reported much higher levels of mask use, social distancing and trust in the federal government, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Republicans were far less likely to wear masks, and more likely to say they have returned to “normal” pre-COVID life.

I think Black Americans have legitimate, historical reasons not to trust the government a lot; Republicans not so much. Not trusting the gubmint is more like a litmus test of Republican-Libertarian orthodoxy.

Ipsos pollster and SVP Chris Jackson told us: “The people who remain unvaccinated have almost no trust in the government. … It doesn’t really matter what Biden says. They don’t believe anything you’re saying.”

And then in what must certainly be making MAGA heads explode:

Former President Donald Trump pushed back on Candace Owens during a recent interview when the conservative commentator appeared to be undermining the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines to hurt President Joe Bidenpolitically…

“I came up with a vaccine with three vaccines,” Trump said. “All are very, very good. Came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years.”

Yeah, Sparky put down the fish tank cleaner smoothie,  pulled the lightbulb out of his ass, and put on the lab coat. Whatevs.

Owens interjected, “yet more people have died under COVID this year.” She then pivoted to hit the current administration, saying “By the way, under Joe Biden, then under you and more people took the vaccine this year. So people are questioning how …”

Trump interrupted “oh no, the vaccine work, but some people aren’t the ones. The ones who get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine. But it’s still their choice. And if you take the vaccine, you’re protected.”

“Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form,” he continued. “People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.”

Hair Füror will take any credit, any praise, any time.

Let’s quickly detour to CNN who tells us:

“A North Carolina police chief has been placed on unpaid leave and probation for telling officers about a ‘clinic’ that would issue them a Covid-19 vaccination card without actually receiving the shot.”

And now , we learn that the SCOTUS said it would decide on a fast-track basis whether President Biden can make hospitals and other large employers require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. They can take away bodily autonomy from women, but potentially declare that no one can take-away autonomy for vaccines. This should be a fun one to watch them spin.

So, yeah: Republicans don’t trust the gubmint that they built. Totally makes sense, actually.

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7 Responses to Nation Stunned: Republicans Don’t Trust The Gubmint!

  1. Jimmy T says:

    You would think that by now TFG understands that he is killing off his supporters, so maybe his change in demeanor isn’t a change in heart so much as the reality seeping in that leading a fascist movement requires supporters. I could be wrong here because TFG is after all such a dim bulb, but a dim bulb in need of constant praise…

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    • tengrain says:

      Jimmy-T, I suppose killing 800,000 voters while asking Georgeduh to find 11,000 more votes might even sink into his casaba, but I’m not convinced he can count past 20 (well, 21 if Ivanka is in the room).

      Rgds,

      TG

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  2. roket says:

    I wonder what Ted Cruz is going to have to say about this?

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  3. Meremark says:

    As GOP gladly nazifys comes this backroom note of Tweety Tiger Beat on the Potomac getting in regalia of B.S. Bot by the Baltic. Soon to be joined by Axils under same owner.

    German mega-publisher Axel Springer SE said that in purchasing Politico and Politico Europe earlier this year and Business Insider (now Insider) in 2015, its end goal was to become the leading digital publisher of the “democratic world.” There is only one major problem with that goal. Axel Springer is a media cipher for right-wing politics, not only in Germany, but in other nations where its media tentacles extend. In acquiring Politico, Springer, which is privately-held and is 40 percent owned by KKR & Co. Inc. of New York, did not have to alter the website’s political slant all that much. E

    Ever since Politico’s start-up in 2007 with seed capital from Republican banker and communications media mogul Robert Allbritton, the so-called Washington “insider” outlet has taken a decidedly pro-Republican slant. In 2013, Albritton sold its Washington broadcast holdings — ABC affiliate WJLA Channel 7 and NewsChannel 8 — to the far-right wing Sinclair Broadcasting Corporation.

    Springer, which owns the German tabloid Bild and the broadsheet Die Welt, is fiercely pro-Israel and tacitly supported Donald Trump’s two presidential campaigns. Springer’s CEO Mathias Döpfner has stated that any of its staff members who do not vigorously support Israel, NATO, the European Union, or an unfettered free-market system “should not work for Axel Springer.”

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