Though the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and effective at minimizing the spread of the virus that's killed more than 800 thousand Americans, conspiracy theories and skepticism regarding them have gripped conservative voters across the United States.
Far-right lawmakers like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin have repeatedly used their platforms to promote the false idea that the vaccines are dangerous or an exercise in government control. Republican governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas have banned private businesses from verifying vaccinations at their establishments. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that unvaccinated people are disproportionately Republican.
Though he's done little to directly refute right-wing vaccine skepticism, former President Donald Trump has consistently said the vaccines are safe and effective. In a recent appearance with former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, Trump confirmed to the audience that he had indeed received his booster, despite dismissing the necessary shot as a "money-making operation" this past summer.
Shockingly enough, Trump's supporters in the audience proceeded to boo him, and a number of his supporters online concurred in their dismay at Trump's comments.
Now, far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is railing against Trump for endorsing the booster shots, claiming Trump was allied with the "new world order."
“'Sign on to it. Take credit for it.' I don't believe it. Hell, we’re fighting Bill Gates and Fauci and Biden and the New World Order and Psaki and the Davos Group .. and now we’ve got Trump on their team!”
Some were happy to see the conservative infighting.
Others think Trump has lost control of his more radical devotees.