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Candace Owens claims Trump supports COVID vaccines because he’s ‘old’ and ‘came from a time before TV’

By Peter Weber, The Week

Conservative millennial commentator Candace Owens spent Christmas weekend arguing on Twitter with less-conservative millennial commentator Meghan McCain over an interview Owens conducted with former President Donald Trump last week. In the interview, Trump stood up for the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines after Owens suggested they didn’t work.

The Owens-McCain spat quickly devolved into personal insults — McCain called Owens an “anti-vaxxer,” and Owens called McCain fat — but Owens used subtler means to dismiss Trump’s vaccine boosterism, arguing he’s “too old” to find the “obscure websites” where people do their own research on the vaccines.

“People oftentimes forget that, like, how old Trump is,” Owens said on an Instagram Live post Thursday night. “He comes from a generation — I’ve seen other people that are older have the exact same perspective, like, they came from a time before TV, before internet, before being able to conduct their independent research.” Trump, who famously had his own reality TV show, never lived in “a time before TV,” but he also doesn’t use a computer.

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