CNN anchor Brianna Keilar has earned widespread notoriety for her meticulous critiques of right-wing disinformation, usually broadcast from the conservative Fox News networks to millions of viewers.
Keilar recently targeted far-right Fox host Sean Hannity and his recent interview with former President Donald Trump.
Throughout the interview, Trump recycled his all too familiar talking points, such as decrying both of his impeachments—each of which had more bipartisan support than any Presidential impeachment in history—and teasing a potential 2024 presidential run.
Keilar slammed the "propaganda hour" as a "mean girl group chat" between Trump and Hannity, but noted one silver lining.
"If there is anything newsworthy from this mean girl group chat, it is Donald Trump telling his skeptical supporters, whose vaccine hesitancy may prevent the U.S. from reaching herd immunity in the non-mass casualty way, to get vaccinated."
Forty-one percent of Republicans say they have no intention of taking the vaccine for the viral pathogen that's killed nearly 600 thousand Americans. Far-right media personalities like Fox host Tucker Carlson have embraced conspiracy theories regarding the vaccine's efficacy.
Trump privately took the vaccine back in January, and it wasn't public knowledge until March. During the Hannity interview, Trump said he'd been asked to do a commercial endorsing the vaccine beyond encouraging his supporters to take it in interviews, but expressed reluctance to do so.
Without at least 70 percent of Americans fully vaccinated, the virus has the momentum to keep spreading, mutating along the way into more abrasive variants. If this is allowed to continue, the vaccine will inevitably evolve into a strain that renders the previously delivered vaccines ineffective.
Like Keilar, people hoped Trump's followers would listen to his words.
Your dear leader says take it, so now will you take it? https://t.co/v6R0NyDjG8— Jeanine Scott (@Jeanine Scott) 1618890332.0
Trump may have just done the only decent thing he's done in his life. He told Hannity's viewers they should get the… https://t.co/GfVLDdOppn— Captain Renault (@Captain Renault) 1618884881.0
Probably the best thing he has said in his entire life. https://t.co/ym2qIjKvZP— Jay .... (@Jay ....) 1618887877.0
Perhaps the only redeeming thing about him rambling on National tv... https://t.co/tDU87w2Zwc— Tyff 🇺🇸 👊🏽 🇺🇸 (@Tyff 🇺🇸 👊🏽 🇺🇸) 1618926047.0
I will take it - get your vaccine idiots https://t.co/SnkvctEijO— CaseyWhalen (@CaseyWhalen) 1618887473.0
Well, Maga, your dear leader said to get the vaccine. Is he wrong? https://t.co/KmR7Nf8cdu— C-Bo the Eggman (@C-Bo the Eggman) 1618885046.0
Vaccine conspiracy theorists still weren't convinced—and some even bizarrely believed Trump was secretly denouncing the vaccine.
I watched Trump on Hannity. Not impressed. His sudden love for vaccines is a deal breaker.— Kassie🕊 (@Kassie🕊) 1618884692.0
Raise your hand if you thought Trump's interview was a little underwhelming. The only thing that stood out was Hann… https://t.co/5uwloNzbAr— Move to Gab -- see all that Twitt censors from you (@Move to Gab -- see all that Twitt censors from you) 1618926812.0
You REALLY have to listen to President Trump when he talks about the vaccine. Fisa not Pfizer. He fluffed off Han… https://t.co/K50sjyCkKj— 💫 Post Apocalyptic Queen of 1️⃣7️⃣🥃❤️🇺🇲✝️ (@💫 Post Apocalyptic Queen of 1️⃣7️⃣🥃❤️🇺🇲✝️) 1618883219.0
Trump had the opportunity as President to publicly take the vaccine, but decided to do it quietly instead. Now, his vaccine-hesitant followers may be too far gone.