The Trump administration offered Santa Claus performers a deal: promote a Covid-19 vaccine, and they'd get early access to it. The plan has been called off.
The simplest explanation for the Trump administration's pandemic response failures is probably the correct one: they are idiots. Their vaccination plan literally involved mall Santas and elves. This is reporting from the Wall Street Journal:
This is — and I cannot stress this enough — the dumbest goddamn timeline.
This story is insane. The CDC’s ridiculous pro-COVID ad campaign was going to involve mall Santas and even offer them early vaccine access??
Three paragraphs of pure Trump-era magical realism here, truly miraculous stuff
A top Trump administration official had offered Xmas santas and elves early coronavirus vaccine access. The plan has now been dropped
"As part of the plan, a top Trump administration official wanted the Santa performers to promote the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in exchange, offered them early vaccine access ahead of the general public"
Scrooge administration nixes plans to vaccinate Santa and his elves against COVID. Seriously. Not the ⁦
A top Trump administration official planned a $250 million taxpayer-funded ad campaign that would have offered Santa Claus performers early access to a Covid-19 vaccine if they promoted the vaccine. The plan has been scrapped.
HHS was going to spend $250 million on a campaign using Santa Claus performers (trade group: Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas) to promote a #COVID19 vaccine that doesn’t exist in exchange for early access to the drug. No, I haven’t been drinking.
“If you and your colleagues are not essential workers, I don’t know what is,” HHS official tells Santa impersonators, promising them early access to vaccine
This story’s Deep Throat is Ric Erwin, head of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, who recorded calls with loose-cannon HHS spokesman Michael Caputo about a bizarre vaccine-access-for-PR campaign that has since been scrapped by the Trump admin.
🎅🏼 Ho, ho, ho “Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news ‘extremely disappointing,’ adding: ‘This was our greatest hope for Christmas 2020, and now it looks like it won’t happen.’”
Wow. The Trump administration designed an ad campaign in which Santa performers would promote a #COVID19 vaccine in exchange for early vaccine access. They eventually scrapped the plan, but holy hell.
Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news “extremely disappointing.”
Brilliant. A $250 million quid pro quo Santa Claus campaign to reopen America that failed. Your Administration at work
Top HHS official told Santa Claus (aka the chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas): “If you and your colleagues are not essential workers, I don’t know what is." Santa was promised he'd get Covid vaccine first. w/
Mr. Erwin said on the call: “Since you would be doing Santa a serious favor, Santa would definitely reciprocate.” Mr. Caputo said: “I’m in, Santa, if you’re in.”
“A federal health agency halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer money after it offered a special vaccine deal to an unusual set of essential workers: Santa Claus performers.”
Sometimes, very rarely, I think may be overdoing it with this Toddler-in-chief thing. Then I read about an HHS assistant secretary very excited about getting his boss to take a picture with Santa and...
“A federal health agency halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer money after it offered a special vaccine deal to an unusual set of essential workers: Santa Claus performers.”
“Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news ‘extremely disappointing,’ adding: ‘This was our greatest hope for Christmas 2020, and now it looks like it won’t happen.’”
My brain just fucking melted. If there is one thing you do for yourself today, make it this story.
"Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news 'extremely disappointing.'"
By and large, I trust the news reporting of the but every so often I worry that the caption writers are punking me
How many times have I said "this just can't be real." And yet the administration continues to deliver.
I say this without any sarcasm at all: Vaccine Santas are exactly the kind of outside-the-box thinking we need right now.
The Trump administration's backup plan is to miniaturize Dennis Quaid, inject him into COVID patients, and have him kill the virus himself.
US Halts #coronavirus Ad Campaign, Leaving Santa Claus in the Cold: The $250 million federally funded effort had aimed to ‘defeat despair, inspire hope’ on pandemic via et al
Trump admin was planning $250m taxpayer funded covid vaccine ad campaign with mall Santas, Mrs Clauses & elves. Chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas was disappointed it was cancelled: "This was our greatest hope for Christmas 2020"
Even as the , as per is done controlling #covid19, this story (please do click on Caputo sound bite 2) dives deep on the vaccines-for-Santas plan that is now on the rocks. You really can't make this stuff up..
The Trump administration wanted to give Santa Claus performers early access to a Covid-19 vaccine by calling them essential workers. Mrs Claus and elves too.
Season 4 of the Trump show continues to have some surprisingly weird plot lines. HHS halts a taxpayer-funded advertising effort that aimed to ‘defeat despair, inspire hope’ on the pandemic by using Santa and celebrities like Dennis Quaid via
HHS halts a taxpayer-funded advertising effort that aimed to ‘defeat despair, inspire hope’ on the pandemic by using Santa and celebrities like Dennis Quaid
🤯 Santa, elves and covid-19 vaccines 🤯 🤯
HHS halts a taxpayer-funded advertising effort that aimed to ‘defeat despair, inspire hope’ on the pandemic by using Santa and celebrities like Dennis Quaid via
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down take-the-vaccine lane...
👀 HHS halts a taxpayer-funded advertising effort that aimed to ‘defeat despair, inspire hope’ on the pandemic by using Santa and celebrities like Dennis Quaid via
Good lord. This story is bananas. The White House, Dennis Quaid, and a union of 100 mall Santas. This timeline is so weird.