Former President Donald Trump on Saturday emphatically embraced the COVID-19 vaccine in front of a crowd of his supporters, igniting boos from rally-goers in Alabama, video shows.
"Take the vaccines! I did it, it's good!" Trump told the crowd as some attendees started to boo.
Responding to the boos, Trump continued: "No, that's okay. That's alright. You got your freedoms, but I happened to take the vaccine."
"If it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know, okay?" he added, as the crowd erupted in applause.
Trump getting booed for telling MAGA mfs to get vaccinated is hilarious 🤣 https://t.co/cyQ2c2mScr— William Hendrix (@William Hendrix) 1629597361.0
Cullman, AL, where Trump's rally was held, declared a state of emergency on Thursday after experiencing a 218% increase in hospitalizations over the previous two weeks, Insider reports.
Advisers to the former president have reportedly urged him for months to make a public service announcement about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. In April, Trump suggested he would make a "commercial" for the vaccine, but that video never materialized. Still, the former president's face-to-face appeal to a crowd of supporters marked, as one commentator put it, "the first good thing Trump has ever said."
This is the first good thing Trump has ever said. So naturally, he got booed. https://t.co/iSuu7ohsFf— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1629599864.0
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Mo Brooks was booed at the Trump rally for telling supporters to move on from 2020. Then Trump was booed at the T… https://t.co/EyM8BCDzA0— Kaivan Shroff (@Kaivan Shroff) 1629600588.0
Anyone looking for the edge of Trumpism just found it: Trump recommends the #COVID19 vaccine to a massive Alabama r… https://t.co/1PsK2KHrBN— Max Burns (@Max Burns) 1629596417.0
Trump suggested at his rally that the vaccine is good. Trump got booed. He created a monster. Now he cannot control it.— Michael J. Stern (@Michael J. Stern) 1629599844.0
What our country has become: Donald Trump is booed tonight for telling a crowd in Alabama to get vaccinated. https://t.co/rTeXNTf92K— Michael Li 李之樸 (@Michael Li 李之樸) 1629598638.0