All In With Chris Hayes opened Thursday with some harsh words for those in right-wing media, specifically former President Donald Trump and Fox News opinion host Tucker Carlson. Many in right-wing media have seemingly worked to vilify the efforts to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. Carlson has repeatedly disparaged the vaccines and questioned their safety, despite the overwhelming evidence that they are saving lives. Trump was secretly vaccinated while still in office, and has on occasion urged his supporters to do the same. But Hayes believes Trump could do more.
“The exiled former president has occasionally, half-heartedly made that argument, telling the crowd at CPAC in February, quote, ‘Everybody go get your shot.’ But he's not really leaning into it,” Hayes said. “At the end of the day, he's just as scared of the anti-vaxxers in the base as the rest of his party, the rest of the conservative movement.”
Hayes then included Carlson in his fiery rant.
“All of them, from Donald Trump to Tucker Carlson, are cowards when it comes down to it,” Hayes said. “They're just chasing after the base, they're chasing the base. They're not leading. They're not telling them things they don't want to hear.”