About halfway through Donald Trump’s speech in Alabama on Saturday night, something remarkable happened.
As Trump told the crowd that he would “recommend” they get the Covid-19 vaccine, people started to boo.
This is Frankenstein’s monster come to life in the year 2021. Trump has created a following that even he can’t control anymore.
Consider how we got to that moment on Saturday night.
Trump spent the entirety of his presidency telling his followers that everything and everyone was fake except for him. He literally said as much in a 2018 speech.
“Stick with us,” he said at the time. “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
The message was simple: Doubt everything. From small facts to big ones — including that the 2020 election was won by President Joe Biden fair and square.
Elites were always lying to you, always looking to make money or fame or power off of your back, according to Trump, the only way to fight back was to reject everything they told you to do or believe.