The Trump campaign and the Republican Party have launched an effort to attack Democrats as unnecessarily skeptical of whatever becomes of the coronavirus vaccine — sometimes going as far as to label them anti-vaccine.
But even as they do so, their own base remains the most reluctant to take the vaccine, outpacing Democrats and independents in that regard.
Last week, conservatives criticized Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala D. Harris for saying she didn’t trust President Trump on the vaccine. Harris said she worried health officials “will be muzzled, they will be suppressed, they will be sidelined” during the vaccine approval process. (Harris did say she would trust the vaccine if Anthony S. Fauci gave it a thumbs up, and the party’s nominee, Joe Biden, has said he would take the vaccine immediately, even if doing so would “cost me the election.”)