A right-wing radio host who once opened for Donald Trump at his 2018 Las Vegas rally now wants the former president to have an ‘intervention’ after he urged Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root appeared on Alex Jones’ InfoWars earlier this week where he joined a chorus of fellow Trump supporters who are now turning on the Republican leader over his ardent support for vaccines.
‘He needs an intervention from a friend, because he’s the greatest president of my lifetime, I love him, I will always love him,’ Root said on Tuesday.
The radio host, who was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, went on to say Trump has been ‘right on everything except this issue.’
‘He’s so horribly wrong on this issue, and the best way to put it — ironically — is he’s dead wrong, ’cause people are dying left and right,’ Root continued, claiming they died of the vaccines.
He said Trump’s embrace of the jabs amounted to ‘political suicide.’
Jones, who also criticized Trump for his heel-turn on getting vaccinated, said he felt ‘like a woman scorned’ by the ex-president.
He said Trump’s promotion of vaccines made him ‘feel like a family member is dying, quite frankly,’ a potential sign that his base’s dissatisfaction could force them to look to someone else in 2024.
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root shared a message for Trump on Alex Jones’ show: ‘I’m a friend and I love you man, but you need an intervention’
Root aimed his next statement directly at Trump.
‘I’m a friend and I love you man, but you need an intervention. And the intervention isn’t that you’re going to change overnight from a cheerleader for the vaccine,’ he said, adding that the ex-president is in a state of ‘total delusion.’
‘What he can do is pivot to never again discussing the deaths or non-deaths of the vaccine or how much he loves the vaccines,’ Root advised.
He urged the Republican to instead focus on vaccine mandates and how they are ‘destroying’ the lives of people who decide not to get inoculated, as well as lockdowns and mask mandates.
Jones claimed that he and ‘Roger’ — likely Roger Stone — gave Trump a ‘nuanced way to get out of it’ which he said the former president rejected.
Root said: ‘When everyone I know dies, you are getting the blame, President Trump!’
Las Vegas-based radio host Root has long been a supporter of Trump’s, and even wrote a 2015 book titled, Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America.
He followed it with a 2020 book, ‘Trump Rules: The Ultimate Guide to Being a Winner.’
Trump first stunned both allies and opponents when he defended the COVID-19 vaccines on stage with Bill O’Reilly as the normally supportive crowd booed him
Ahead of Trump’s 2018 rally in the Nevada city Root said the then-president had personally asked him to speak.
He also spoke at a 2016 Trump rally in Las Vegas where he compared Hillary Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin to movie characters Thelma and Louise, who famously drive off a cliff to their deaths.
He’s perhaps most known for alleging without a shred of evidence that the devastating 2017 mass shooting in which a gunman slaughtered 59 people (including two that died from their injuries in the following years) at a Vegas country music festival was a ‘clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack.’
Trump surprised both allies and opponents last week when he delivered a full-throated endorsement of the vaccines in an interview with conservative Daily Wire host Candace Owens.
Owens had tried to draw a link between more people dying from COVID under President Joe Biden than under Trump, and the vaccine rollout earlier this year.
The ex-president interrupted her, ‘Oh no, the vaccine work (sic), but some people aren’t the ones. The ones who get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine. But it’s still their choice.’
He added: ‘Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.’
Earlier this month he told veteran pundit Bill O’Reilly in front of a crowd of supporters that he had both vaccine doses as well as his booster, and lauded his administration’s work developing the vaccines as ‘historic.’
A section of the audience erupted in boo’s, to which Trump replied, ‘Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t. That’s all right, it’s a very tiny group over there.’
He stunningly lectured the crowd, ‘We should take credit for it, and you play right into their hands [doubting it].’
Root is just the latest ally of the former president’s to speak out against him as Trump world tears itself apart over COVID-19 vaccines.
Days earlier Jones slammed Trump as a ‘coward’ and lamented that ‘we’re fighting Bill Gates and Fauci and Biden and the New World Order and Psaki and the Davos Group, and now we’ve got Trump on their team.’
Ron Watkins, the alleged leader of the QAnon movement, responded to Trump by calling the vaccines ‘subscription suicide shots.’
However the move earned praise from figures that Trump’s circle has long held as enemies.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was ‘glad’ that Trump is pushing vaccines in a CNN interview earlier this week.
Even Biden praised Trump’s public support coronavirus vaccines, claiming it was one of the ‘few things he and I agree on.’
In a speech delivered last week as the Omicron variant took over as the dominant COVID strain in the country and forced cases to surge again, Biden credited his predecessor for his role in the vaccine rollout.
‘Let me be clear. Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America was one of the first countries to get the vaccine,’ the president said.
Unvaccinated people face a 10 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 and 20 times greater risk of dying from the virus than fully vaccinated people who have also received a booster shot.
Trump told Fox News hours after Biden’s speech that he was ‘surprised’ by his praise.
‘You know, it has to be a process of healing in this country, and that will help a lot,’ the ex-president said of his rival.