Listen to this article
Former President Trump appeared off message and out of touch with his base after introducing the billionaire heir of COVID-19 vaccine maker Johnson & Johnson during a Pennsylvania rally on Friday.
Trump touted his friendship with Jets owner Woody Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, during a “Save America” rally in Greensburg, Pennsylvania in support of Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, drawing little to no applause from the audience.
“Woody Johnson. A great gentlemen. You ever hear of Johnson & Johnson? He owns the place. I tell you what, this guy’s got cash like nobody’s got cash,” Trump announced.
To make matters even more awkward, Trump then bragged about how Johnson’s wife Suzanne is from Ukraine who is “having a hard time” coping with its conflict with Russia.
The incident drew widespread condemnation by conservatives on Twitter.
“This is exactly why every candidate should get into the 2024 GOP primary. Donald Trump has never been off message and out of touch. He’s now off message and out of touch,” said conservative commentator Jesse Kelly. “Only competition can bring him back. Either he gets back or he loses. Either way, the country wins.”
Conservative rapper Bryson Gray said: “Y’all support Johnson and Johnson now? Even though their jab is causing blood clots? Because Trump called the owner amazing and said he has a lot of money? Im just checking.”
Johnson COVID injections on Thursday, citing links to life-threatening blood clots.
“After conducting an updated analysis, evaluation, and investigation of reported cases, the FDA has determined that the risk…warrants limiting the authorized use of the vaccine,” the FDA said in a statement.
Nevertheless, despite studies highlighting a range of dangerous side effects from the jab and numerous governments restricting its use, Trump has stubbornly continued to tout the experimental COVID-19 injections as safe and effective and repeatedly encouraged his skeptical supporters to take it.