(RoyalPatriot.com )- Former President Donald Trump did a rather out-of-character thing this week: He sharply criticized prominent members of his party for not revealing whether they’ve received COVID-19 booster shots.
Trump didn’t mention any politician by name, but made a veiled reference to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis when he said that politicians who wouldn’t say whether they got the booster shot were “gutless.” DeSantis, who has long been considered a staunch ally of the former president, recently wouldn’t answer a reporter’s question about whether he received the booster.
Last month, Fox News asked DeSantis directly whether he had received a COVID-19 booster shot. His response:
“I’ve done whatever I did, the normal shot, and that at the end of the day is people’s individual decisions about what they want to do.”
Florida Politics then questioned DeSantis’ office about his booster dose status. But, Christina Punshaw, his press secretary, said she was “not able to speak to his private medical decisions.”
The Associated Press previously reported that DeSantis had received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine back in April.
In an interview with One America News, Trump said:
“I’ve had the booster. Many politicians — I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed, and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ because they had the vaccine.
“And they’re answering like — in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say it, because they’re gutless. You got to say it, whether you had it or not. Say it.
“But the fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world. I’ve had absolutely no side effects.”
The question here is why Trump would all of a sudden start to attack DeSantis, who was at one time considered a possible running mate for him if he were to run for the White House in 2024.
It’s possible that Trump is starting to go on the attack now in preparation of an announcement that he is indeed running for president, so that he could knock down his potential challengers in the Republican Party down a notch.
The former president began doing that recently when he has voiced his public support for the COVID-19 vaccines, calling it “one of the greatest achievements of mankind,” and one that he played a huge rule in while he was president.
He touted the benefits of the vaccines and booster shots recently when he said at a rally in Dallas in December that he got the booster himself. Some of his supporters there booed him in response.
And while he’s touting the benefits of the vaccines and the boosters, he’s still fighting against mandates, saying they are “really hurting our country.”
As he said in an interview with NPR recently:
“The vaccines, I recommend taking them, but I think that has to be an individual choice. I mean, it’s got to be individual, but I recommend taking them. Many people recommend them.
“And if some people don’t want, they shouldn’t have to take them. They can’t be mandated, as the expression goes. And I think that’s very important.”