Former President Donald Trump suggested during this Howie Care Show That the massive cancellation of flights by Southwest Airlines over the weekend is linked to their unsuccessful re-election campaign.
Trump appeared on the show to give his opinion about Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and to explain his support of challenger Geoff Diehl, but the radio host asked the president his thoughts on the airline’s recent woes—which he suggested might help officials. had the result of the vaccine mandate. These claims were rejected.
“I think it has to do with a lot of things. I think it has something to do with election rigging,” Trump said. “I think it’s a big fan of your favorite President Howie, I think it has something to do with it. I think it has something to do with … I think it has a lot to do with the mandate.” Where it’s just not going in. And they’re going to destroy the economy that’s happening right now.”
While conservative figures claimed the airline canceled more than 1,000 flights over the weekend due to walkout protests over the vaccine mandate, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association denied the claims and cited “disruptive weather” and the “FAA”. [Federal Aviation Administration]-imposed air traffic management programs” as reasons.
Speaking to Trump, the radio host suggested that the airline’s staffing shortages are the “transportation version” of the blue flu, a strike tactic used by police officers where large numbers of people report their illness at once. The leave is used up, and the employees are on the run because they’re angry about the vaccine mandate.
Trump did not elaborate further on how the mass cancellations were linked to his election losses, but continued that he believes the mandate and the fact that the airline “has not been going up for some time” “There are major reasons that are struggling.
Asked what he would say to individuals who are asked to choose between their jobs and getting the vaccine, Trump said he supports the shot but does not need it.
“I believe you have to have freedom, no one can force it into your system,” he said. “Now that being said, I’m a big fan of the vaccine. I’m the one who got it done in nine months, less than nine months. And we saved millions of lives.”
Captain Casey Murray, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), has dismissed claims that the flight disruptions are the result of a vaccine mandate walkout.
“I can say with certainty that there are no work slowdowns or diseases related or otherwise related to the recent mandatory vaccine mandate. Under the RLA, our union is prohibited from taking job action to resolve labor disputes in these circumstances. SWAPA has not authorized, and will not condone, any job action,” Murray said. SWAPA had previously criticized the mandate that all workers must be vaccinated by November 24.
Trump said Biden has done a “terrible job” since taking office and criticized the media’s response to how it is reporting on the number of coronavirus pandemic deaths under each administration.
“All of a sudden they’re trying to praise him, when look, he lost the election, but he was given a fake campaign on COVID—or the China virus, as I call it—but he was given a completely fake pile Had public relations and probably helped him in that regard, but he didn’t come,” Trump said.
He said that when he was president, no one talked about not getting a vaccine because everyone wanted it. Trump said that once Biden came to power and mandated the shot, people lost their faith in the administration.
Earlier on the show, the former president also said that he would be willing to travel to Massachusetts to campaign for Diehl because he is a “real Republican” and that in Baker’s office “you can even have a Democrat.” “
However, he continued that it is not an easy place for Republicans to win, partly because the state has “rigged voting like so many other places in this country.”
No evidence of electoral fraud has been found.
newsweek Trump reached out to a spokesman for comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication.