Although President Donald Trump has made bold predictions that a vaccine could be available before the election, Behar doesn’t think that ambitious timeline adds up historically, and she said as much on Wednesday’s episode of “The View.”
“As far as the vaccine is concerned, I’d like to inform America, in case we don’t know this, because I looked all this up for you: The mumps vaccine took four years, the polio vaccine took 20 years, and the smallpox vaccine took a few centuries,” Behar said. “It was developed initially in 1796 … and it became useful in the 1950s. OK? It’s not a simple thing to do.”
She then reminded viewers of the president’s tendency to exaggerate — or lie — for his own benefit.
“He will push anything to get reelected. Don’t fall for it,” Behar said. “And by the way, I will take the vaccine after Ivanka takes it.”
On Thursday, the first daughter called Behar’s bluff and said she’d be happy to get a shot live on “The View” because, Ivanka Trump said, she trusts the Food and Drug Administration and that “vanquishing this virus should be our collective top priority.”
Behar hadn’t responded to the tweet as of Thursday afternoon, but others decided to chime in, including Ivanka Trump’s older brother, Donald Trump Jr.
But others shared Behar’s skepticism.
One person predicted that if Ivanka Trump went through with her proposal, it would be the shot seen ’round the world.
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