COVID never had to become a political issue. Unfortunately, after the virus hit the American shores, the worst possible person was in charge. And Donald Trump had no problem playing down the severity of the virus if it helped his re-election chances.
Now the results of Trump’s actions are really starting to come into play. The vaccine is available and available to all Americans. But people in the red states have been much more hesitant to get their shots than people in the blue states. As a result, a variant of COVID-19 is now emerging in many Republican areas.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has been pushing for his constituents to get vaccinated for months. However, it hasn’t worked as the state has one of the lowest vax rates in the country. During a CNN interview on Sunday, Hutchinson blamed myths for the low numbers.
The governor He said host Jake Tapper, “I don’t know if I underestimated it, but certainly the resistance has hardened in certain elements, and it is simply false information. “
– State of the Union (@CNNSotu) July 25, 2021
Hutchinson continued, “They are myths. Going to these town hall meetings, someone said: Don’t call it a vaccine. Call it a biological weapon. And they talk about mind control. Well obviously those are wrong. Other members of the community correct that. “
Despite Hutchinson’s best efforts, not many Arkansans seemed interested in getting vaccinated. And that could spell a lot more trouble for residents of the state.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based technology and policy writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com, and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spending time on the beach with his family.