MSNBC, CNN Anchors Shred Fox’s Geraldo Rivera for Ludicrous Idea to Name Vaccine After Trump
MSNBC, Fox News, CNN
In one of the most bizarre examples of unwavering Trump sycophancy, Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine after the president on Friday to cheer him up.
And Rivera's colleagues from competing networks brutally toast him for suggesting Trump - notorious for writing his name on everything from buildings to steaks - may have to be lured out of office with lavish appreciation to cure a virus that he has repeatedly downplayed.
“You know, Gerald makes a good point there. It is possible that we are not paying enough credit to the president for his FDR-like dedication to fighting this virus, ”MSNBC host Brian Williams said on Friday sarcastically alongside pictures of Trump playing golf and not wearing a face mask. "His laser-like focus, his daily devotion, the compassion he shows forever for the families of the quarter of a million dead."
“Even the way the president is teaching us to please wear a mask and stop the spread. And he always spoke out in favor of injections. Geraldo may be up to something, ”he added.
CNN host Don Lemon hit Rivera more directly, laughing at the alleged "Trump whisperer" for suggesting "something that could make this president's snowflake feel better".
"It's pretty pathetic, even Steve Doocy, co-host of [Fox & Friends], laughed out loud about it," said Lemon.
Rivera argued during Fox & Friends that naming the COVID-19 vaccine "The Trump" "would be a nice touch for him and would become something of a generic name in years".
"'Do you already have your trump card?' 'I have my trump card, I'm fine.' I wish we could honor him that way, "Rivera said, noting the name could help heal the divisions across the country and smooth the way for Trump to admit the 2020 election.
The proposal came just days after Trump mistakenly claimed full credit for Pfizer's announcement that his COVID-19 vaccine was effective. In fact, the drug marker did not accept government money for the project.
Since then, another drug company has released results suggesting a second, more accessible vaccine could be expedited by the FDA by the end of the year. Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday also described the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine as "exceptional," adding it was almost as effective as the measles shot.
On Friday, Trump made the outlandish suggestion that these drug companies deliberately withheld successful results until after the election as a vengeful conspiracy to kick him out of office for his crusade against prescription drug prices.
Rivera said he wished the American people could honor Trump by crediting him with the rapid vaccine "because he is definitely the main architect of this Operation Warp Speed".
To date, the coronavirus has killed at least 250,000 Americans and infected nearly 12 million - a dire milestone that is not expected to skyrocket until the holiday season and winter.
On Friday night, Williams appeared to be pointing out the tragic reality of the virus looming across the country and urged the president to refuse to follow recommendations from his own health officials, such as wearing masks and social distancing.
"We are all painfully aware that life in America will not begin to feel anything like normal until the coronavirus vaccine has been perfected and really spread," he said on his late night show, The 11th Hour.
During his monologue on Trump's “laser focus” on the pandemic, Williams jokingly highlighted the success rate of other products named after the president.
"What Trump Steaks did for the hungry, what Trump Water did for the thirsty in our nation, what Trump University did to uplift the uneducated in our country, comes Trump: The Vaccine," Williams quipped. "I think you will agree that the possibilities are endless."
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