Like many of her ideological counterparts, far-right pundit Candace Owens has repeatedly promoted disinformation regarding the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines, which have been proven safe and effective at minimizing the spread and severity of the virus that's killed more than 800 thousand Americans.
Recently, she interviewed former President Donald Trump, who corrected Owens when she falsely suggested that the vaccines were killing people.
“The vaccine worked, but some people aren’t taking it. The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine.”
Owens was widely mocked after having her disinformation corrected in real time by the GOP's kingmaker, who himself told over 30 thousand lies during his four years in office.
She soon posted a video insisting that Trump was too "old" to understand why vaccines are supposedly harmful.
“People oftentimes forget how old Trump is. He comes from a generation—I’ve seen other people that are older have the exact same perspective, like, they came from a time before TV, before internet, before being able to conduct their independent research. And everything that they read in a newspaper that was pitched to them, they believed that that was a reality, and one of those things was this push for vaccines and believing that people were gonna die without vaccines.”
She scrambled to convince her followers that Trump's support for vaccines wasn't insidious.
"I believe that his support of the vaccine is genuine and it's not based in any corruption at all. ... I don't think that there's anything evil going on there, I just wanted to say that, because so many donors, supporters of his are kind of like questioning where this is coming from."
Owens went on to suggest that Trump supports the vaccines because he doesn't do enough research on "obscure websites" and claimed he needed to have a "larger conversation" about that support.
Owens' video didn't do much for her credibility.
Some thought Owens represented a growing number of Trump supporters turning on the former President for not being extreme enough.
Hopefully more of Trump's supporters will be convinced by his calls to take the vaccine, rather than repelled by them.