Donald Trump Booed At His Own Rally After Telling Everyone To Get Vaccinated
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Donald Trump has faced the wrath of his own diehard supporters during a rally in Alabama.
Thousands of people camped out in Cullman to hear the former US President speak about all sorts of things from the election to the situation in Afghanistan.
But it was when he urged everyone to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that his followers turned on him.
"You know what? I believe totally in your freedoms, I do. You gotta do what you have to do," he said to the sea of people who quickly applauded him for defending their rights.
"But I recommend taking the vaccine! I did it. It's good. Take the vaccines."
Instead of the usual fervent cheers seen at Trump rallies, people in the audience paused and then started booing him for issuing the health advice.
In an effort to regain control of his supporters, he said: "No, that's okay, that's all right, you've got your freedoms. But I happened to take the vaccine. If it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know."
Trump caught coronavirus in October last year and he eventually received the vaccine, along with former First Lady Melania Trump.
However, the public wasn't told about them receiving the jab until two months later. That was in stark contrast to Trump's successor, Joe Biden, who had his jab in front of a large audience in a bid to get the message out.
Trump's choice of location for his latest rally and the message he issued is a poignant one.
Cullman is in the midst of a massive Covid-19 spike thanks to the Delta variant and authorities were worried the huge rally would become a super-spreader event.
The spike has become so bad that officials recently declared a state of emergency to allow for extra protections to be installed at the rally.
Alabama is seeing thousands of new cases of coronavirus every day and hospitals are starting to become overcrowded once again.
That, in addition to Trump downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic when it kicked off last year, creates a worrying foundation in a post-pandemic world.
While the US is one of the world leaders in vaccinations, there are still plenty of people who aren't getting the jab and are ending up in hospitals on ventilators.
Donald Trump seemed to not be so worried about sticking to safety protocols.
He told the Alabama crowd: "I'm shaking hands with everybody backstage. I say, well, I don't know, is this a good thing or bad? You'll read about it three or four days, maybe. Hopefully not."