Right-wing host Candace Owens argued that former President Donald Trump promoted vaccines in an interview with her last week because he is “too old” to do his own research, The Daily Beast reports.
Owens in an interview with Trump last week offered the former president a chance to criticize vaccine mandates. While Trump said he opposes vaccine requirements, he instead used his response to tout the vaccines.
“I came up with three vaccines — all are very, very good,” he claimed, taking credit for the work of researchers.
Owens again offered Trump the chance to criticize Democrats, noting that more people have died under President Joe Biden, raising questions about the vaccines.
“Oh no,” Trump shot back. “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. But it’s still their choice, and if you take the vaccine, you're protected. 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."
Owens: Trump too old
Owens said on Instagram that she believes Trump defended the vaccines because he is “too old” to find “obscure websites” which she apparently believes have the truth about the vaccines, which have repeatedly been shown to be safe and effective.
“People oftentimes forget that, like, how old Trump is,” she said. “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.”
“He needs to have a larger conversation to understand what’s going on and why so many people are horrified by his remarks,” she added.
Owens hawks quack cure that makes you blue:
While Owens is pushing misinformation about the vaccines, she is touting a quack covid cure that can make users’ skin turn blue, according to the Daily Beast.
“I take colloidal silver every single day, I love colloidal silver,” she said in an Instagram video last week. “That is a great one. That is another one that people probably know nothing about.”
The report notes that colloidal silver has “no valid medical purpose” and can cause serious side effects, including seizures and organ problems. Its most infamous effect is argyria, a condition that turns skin a bluish-gray color, sometimes permanently.