Thanks in large part to Donald Trump and his enablers in the conservative media, conspiracy theories have deeply infected our body politic. A non-negligible portion of the Republican Party now holds a range of truly insane beliefs, ranging from the conviction that a cabal of Satanic pedophiles secretly run the Democratic Party to the sincere insistence that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax perpetrated by a global shadowy elite. The latter theory, while at face-value laughably absurd, presents a real problem as the nations of the world gear up to roll out the coronavirus vaccine.
If MAGA-heads are convinced that COVID-19 is fake and that the vaccine is actually a way for powerful men like Bill Gates to clandestinely implant microchips in their bodies (something some people actually believe), it stands to reason that they’ll refuse to get vaccinated. This refusal will in turn make it hard to curb the spread of the virus and dampen the vaccine’s efficacy overall.
In the hopes of combatting this idiocy, former president Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton have offered to receive the vaccine in public to allay the paranoid concerns. If the administering of the vaccine is actually a plot by the Illuminati, or Reptilians, or Martians to inject something sinister into the bodies of unwitting citizens, it stands to reason that they wouldn’t allow such prominent public figures to suffer the consequences on the world stage. It’s sad that our collective faith in science has eroded to this low point, but the three former presidents can be commended for stepping up.
Someone who should not be commended is First Daughter Ivanka Trump. She read the news about Obama, Bush, and Clinton and saw it not as an opportunity to thank them for their contributions but rather to aggrandize herself. She shared a link to the story on her Twitter saying that she applauds the former presidents’ offer before adding: “My offer holds to do the same.”
The implication is clearly that she is of the same caliber as these leaders despite her complete lack of accomplishments and the fact that she has only seen the inside of the White House due to flagrant nepotism. Clearly, Ivanka has inherited the same ridiculously inflated sense of self-worth that has characterized her father’s entire career. It should come as little surprise that Twitter users were less than thrilled with her egomaniacal offer.
I applaud these pronouncements to help assure the public that the vaccine is safe and effective.
My offer holds to do the same. https://t.co/CXswL8eaWg
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 3, 2020
These are three former presidents. I don't know if you realize this but you were never elected president.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) December 3, 2020
Right, because you're as influential as the three former presidents. pic.twitter.com/6aYw9xVmZS
— Leslie (@diatribestress) December 3, 2020
Wait your turn like the rest of us, line-jumper!
— Paulette Feeney (@PauletteParis1) December 3, 2020
What an amazingly out of touch attempt to put herself on the level of these 3 former presidents. Even Bush, she doesn't come close.
— Blue Patriot in TX (@BlueTsunami5) December 3, 2020
Implying you’re re on par w/3 presidents could be the funniest thing I’ve read all day
— lorili (@hedahunter) December 3, 2020
Don’t compare yourself to these men whom people trust. If you take the vaccine, millions won’t.
— Robin DesCamp (@AskDesCamp) December 3, 2020
Cool! Didn’t know they’d be giving the vaccines to inmates so soon.
— jen pal (@jennyrachelpal) December 3, 2020
They won’t give it out in prison for a while. But you can be first in line if you want. Show your fellow inmates it’s safe.
— Aaron Riley #maskup (@zoostationaz) December 3, 2020
Who the FUCK do you think you are…to think that your cursed name should even be mentioned in the same breath as these three men? All of whom were re-elected….unlike Dear Old Daddy. You're a vapid heiress. Stay in your lane…or in your future prison cell.
— Greg Baldwin (@GregBaldwinIroh) December 3, 2020
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