They booed Donald Trump. What? They booed? At his weekend campaign speech in Alabama, he commanded his followers to get the vaccine, that he had taken the vaccine. Who are these people if they are not Trumpsters? Let us see.
One of them was the popular conservative radio show host and anti-Vaxxer out of Nashville Tennessee Phil Valentine. He had been with the station for decades. The station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN reported Saturday that he had been fighting the disease for over a month and had finally died, according to News Channel 5. He was 61 years old.
By 1995, he had been in talk radio full time. Often Valentine set up shop right outside the Tennessee Capitol. He called upon his followers to drive by and honk to show their support of his ideas in 2000 against a proposed state income tax. That was when he started making the national scene. His strong opinions took his show into syndication.
Last July he told his many national listeners that he had contracted the coronavirus and told them he would return shortly.
But that did not work out that way for him. His family and friends kept the listeners abreast of his condition. He became seriously ill. Still, he fought hard. After he died, his brother told them that Valentine wished that he had become more supportive of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Valentine urged his audience:
‘We are going to have a one minute solid horn honking and we want you to participate in that,” Valentine said from his broadcast booth.
Often Valentine talked about his Democratic father who served for 12 years in the U.S. House. But the talk show host left the party when President Ronald Regan took office.
Republican Speaker of House Glen Casada appeared on Valentine’s show. He claimed that one of NewsChannel 5’s investigations was wrong. But the talk show host thought he lied. Not long after Casada lost many of his fellow Republicans’ support. So he resigned as Speaker, according to The Daily Beast:
‘It’s always the cover-up that’s worse. I’m expecting honest answers. I’m not expecting somebody to use me to spin his story and spin his web.’
Many believed that his honking campaign helped defeat the state income tax, which a Republican governor had been supporting. Later he authored a book about the protests called Tax Revolt. It was one of several books.
Valentine’s radio station tweeted about his death, saying “We are saddened:”
‘SuperTalk 99.7 WTN We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away. Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.’
We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away. Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/vhXpE7x0oX
— SuperTalk 99.7 WTN (@997wtn) August 21, 2021
His brother said, according to NBC News:
‘I know if he were able to tell you this, he would tell you, “Go get vaccinated. Quit worrying about the politics. Quit worrying about all the conspiracy theories.” He regrets not being more adamant about getting the vaccine. Look at the dadgum data.’
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