Trump Makes Bizarre Threat About Schools And Vaccine Mandates | EUROtoday

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Donald Trump vowed at a rally Tuesday that if reelected, he’ll reduce funding to each college with a vaccine mandate ― despite the fact that all 50 states have such legal guidelines on the books.

“I will not give one penny to any school that has a vaccine mandate or a mask mandate,” he declared at his rally in Racine, Wisconsin. The crowd went wild.

It’s a promise he’s made a number of occasions in latest months, repeating the identical line verbatim at rallies in March and May.

If he adopted by way of on that, no college within the United States would obtain federal funding. All 50 states and Washington, D.C., have legal guidelines requiring particular vaccines for college students, together with measles, rubella, chickenpox, tetanus, pertussis and polio. Exemptions to the rule fluctuate by state, with California, New York and a handful of different states sustaining the strictest mandates.

Public well being specialists credit score these vaccine necessities with eradicating illnesses that after killed hundreds of individuals a yr. Polio, a illness that contaminated, paralyzed or killed almost 60,000 American youngsters in 1952 alone, has been fully worn out within the U.S. due to mass vaccination applications.

Donald Trump declared at his Wisconsin rally that he "will not give one penny to any school that has a vaccine mandate or a mask mandate."
Donald Trump declared at his Wisconsin rally that he “will not give one penny to any school that has a vaccine mandate or a mask mandate.”

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Trump’s marketing campaign didn’t instantly reply to questions on which vaccines he was referring to. Months earlier, his spokespeople stated he was solely referring to varsities’ COVID-19 vaccine mandates. But he’s declined to make that distinction throughout his speeches, together with at Tuesday’s rally ― a call that panders to his celebration’s anti-vaccine crowd.

A rising faction of conservatives have begun questioning the protection of vaccines in recent times, regardless of the extraordinary scientific scrutiny they bear earlier than the general public receives them, and a dearth of proof that they’ve any lasting adversarial side-effects. A Politico/Morning Consult ballot discovered final yr that whereas vaccine skepticism was about equal amongst each Democrats and Republicans earlier than 2020, greater than half of Republicans now say they care extra concerning the potential well being dangers of vaccines than the advantages.

Though he as soon as took credit score for the event of COVID-19 vaccines, Trump has since scaled again his endorsement of them and vaccines on the whole. Last month, he even attacked impartial presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., probably the most outstanding voices within the anti-vaccine motion, as not being anti-vaccine sufficient.

“Republicans, get it out of your mind that you’re going to vote for this guy because he’s conservative. He’s not. And by the way, he said the other night that vaccines are fine,” Trump stated in a video posted to social media. “He said it on a show, a television show, that vaccines are fine. He’s all for them. And that’s what he said. And for those of you that want to vote because you think he’s an anti-vaxxer, he’s not really an anti-vaxxer.”