Navigating Through Conservative Criticisms of COVID-19 and the Vaccines

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By Quentin Choy

June 2, 2021

Over the last few months, I’ve heard several criticisms of COVID-19 and the vaccines from conservatives. Many of the criticisms contradict one another just like several conservative criticisms of Biden do. In this post, I’ll try to navigate through some of the criticisms I’ve heard from different groups on the right.

Trump Should Get Credit for the Vaccines

On a Christian radio station, as the pastor railed against the need for COVID-19 vaccines, he asked his congregation if he could make a quick side comment. “All credit for these vaccines should go to one person: Donald J. Trump.” The congregation loudly applauded his side comment, showing support for the former president.

The pastor then proceeded to “expose” the dangers of vaccines to both one’s health as well as their religious faith. he continued speaking as if he hadn’t just made a massive contradiction. If Donald Trump was the “one person” responsible for pushing companies to pump out COVID-19 vaccines through Operation Warp Speed, wouldn’t conservatives trust the vaccine that their leader pushed for?

Trump’s re-election chances hinged on his COVID-19 response, and he knew it. Courtesy of Share America.

The claim that Biden “stole” credit for Trump’s vaccines is untrue. Biden simply ramped up production for COVID-19 vaccines and implemented vaccination goals for the public, showing that he took the pandemic seriously from an earlier stage than Trump.

In an interview with Bob Woodward, Trump commented on the virus, saying “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.” I still remember watching the interview and knowing that Trump didn’t take coronavirus seriously. In March, I thought he would take the virus seriously as his presidential re-election hopes hinged on his handling of the virus.

When I realized that he still wasn’t taking it seriously, voting for Biden was a breeze as the handling of COVID-19 was my top issue when voting.

So for those conservatives who fear that the vaccines are malicious experiments by the Biden administration meant to kill them off, it’s insane if they also believe that the same vaccines were pushed by their most popular president since Reagan.

COVID-19 Doesn’t Exist and Was Meant to Restrict Liberties

I remember watching the pastor of my church refer to COVID-19 as a “plan-demic” as I watched on a live stream from home in the summer of 2020. This theory existed before talks of vaccines were mainstream, and the crux of it was that COVID-19 didn’t exist at all, and the government made it up to scare the population and to strip them of their liberties by locking them into their homes with no jobs, no school, and no social interaction.

Courtesy of Impakt.

This was meant to crush the “American spirit” out of them and to make them lose touch with American values of liberty and freedom. Others, especially on the business faction of the right believed that COVID-19 was created to transition America to a socialist society in which they relied on payments from the government rather than working jobs on the free market.

The same criticism of liberty is being argued by conservatives when it comes to the actual vaccines as well.

Others believed that COVID-19 was propagated by Democrats to destroy Donald Trump, which leads to the next criticism.

COVID-19 Was Created to Destroy Trump’s Election Chances

Some believe that COVID-19 was created to simply destroy Trump at the polls by making him look incompetent and that he was unable to lead. Many Americans didn’t need a pandemic, real or created to see this about Trump as the election loomed.

This criticism made the least sense and was usually propagated by Trump’s most ardent, devoted supporters. It makes no sense that a worldwide pandemic was started and devastated various countries if it was simply meant to destroy the political chances of one politician in America.

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tomi Lahren, one of America’s smartest political voices (1,000% sarcasm), tweeted back in July 2020, saying “If I had to guess how long coronavirus panic will last, if Biden wins it’ll be done by November 4th but if Trump wins it’ll be right around January 2025.”

COVID-19 Was Intentionally Sent from China

This criticism is different from the lab leak theory in that the virus didn’t leak but that it was intentionally sent throughout the world by the Chinese government as a bioweapon. If the Chinese used this as a bioweapon, don’t you think they would have tried to limit the impact the disease had in its heavily urban cities which killed many Chinese? Don’t you also think that the Chinese would have been able to more finely target the bioweapon to their enemies as well as had a solution such as vaccines prepared in case things went wrong within China?

This theory makes no sense in that China would have been prepared with solutions for the virus in case it started to attack their own population who is already facing issues with population and birth rates. With COVID-19 having ravaged through Wuhan and China first before affecting the rest of the world, if this was a chemical weapon, Chinese execution of the attack would have equaled accidentally nuking themselves before attacking the rest of the world, including countries that they are allied with.

If the Chinese launched COVID-19 as a bioweapon, they failed, by attacking their own people. A leak is a different story. Courtesy of NBC News.

Even if this were a bioattack from China, Trump could have dealt with the virus seriously like other countries did. Imagine a country being attacked by a military ambush, and its leader didn’t respond to the threat seriously. This is what Trump did if conservatives believe that it was a Chinese bioattack,

The Vaccine is Meant to Make Christians Outcasts

I’ve heard some people say that Christians who receive the COVID-19 vaccine are less Christian than others because they have less faith in God and his power to heal them. Some Christians look at the vaccines from an ethical standpoint, and while there are some bona fide anti-vaxxers within the Christian community, I don’t see the difference in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu shot in terms of measuring one’s faith in God.

Courtesy of Religion and Politics.

While I believe that prayer has the ability to heal, I know many Christians who take sleeping pills, antidepressants, headache medicine, insulin, and even more permanent medical procedures such as surgeries. Wouldn’t these treatments and operations also be defying God’s healing ability and result in these Christians having less faith?

This last criticism makes so little sense in that people take so many medications and go through so many medical procedures in the Christian community that I don’t know why this vaccine suddenly becomes so determinant of faith.

Conclusion

So with some of these criticisms of both vaccines and COVID-19 being some of the most popular among conservatives, it’s easy to see how they can become jumbled and contradict each other. For example, the Democrats are pushing a vaccine that Trump should get credit for to take away our liberties. I don’t need a vaccine because the virus is a fake, planned takedown of Trump that the Chinese launched as a bioweapon which killed people all over China. If I get this COVID-19 vaccine, I’ll be less of a Christian because I have less faith in God’s healing ability, even though I’m taking headache medicine after my surgery.

The criticisms don’t make sense when used at the same time, which several conservatives I’ve heard have done. The criticisms are easier to deal with one by one, but when multiple criticisms are made simultaneously, the critic just looks foolish.

Quentin Choy, creator of <em>WeTheCommoners Blog</em>
Quentin Choy, creator of WeTheCommoners Blog

Quentin is a student of Political Science. He became interested in history and politics in 2015 watching the Republican and Democratic primaries as well as the 2016 General Election.

He is from Hawaii and currently attends school in Colorado.

Image Courtesy of Texas Monthly.

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