TV Anchors Shred Fox News Pundit for Ludicrous Idea to Name Vaccine After Trump

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MSNBC, Fox News, CNNIn probably the most weird examples of unwavering Trump sycophancy, Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Friday recommended naming the COVID-19 vaccine after the president to cheer him up.And Rivera’s friends from competing networks brutally roasted him for suggesting Trump—infamous for placing his identify on every little thing from buildings to steaks—would possibly have to be coaxed from workplace with lavish credit score for a remedy to a virus he repeatedly downplayed.“You know, Gerald raises a good point there. It’s possible we just don’t give the president enough credit for his FDR-like devotion to tackling this virus,” MSNBC host Brian Williams sarcastically mentioned on Friday subsequent to pictures of Trump {golfing} and never carrying a face masks. “His laser-like focus, his daily devotion, the sympathy he’s forever expressing to the families of the quarter million dead.”“Even the way the president lectures us in that way to please wear a mask and stop the spread. And he’s always advocated injections. Geraldo may be on to something,” he added.CNN host Don Lemon took a extra direct punch at Rivera, laughing on the supposed “Trump whisperer” for suggesting “something that might make this snowflake of a president feel better.”“It’s pretty pathetic, even [“Fox & Friends” co-host] Steve Doocy needed to snort out loud at it,” Lemon mentioned.Rivera argued throughout “Fox & Friends” that naming the COVID-19 vaccine “the Trump” could be “a nice gesture to him and years from now it would become kind of a generic name.”“‘Have you got your Trump yet?’ ‘I got my Trump, I’m fine.’ I wish we could honor him in that way,” Rivera mentioned, noting that the identify might assist mend divisiveness throughout the nation and clean the trail for Trump to concede the 2020 election.Story continuesFox’s Geraldo Rivera says we must always honor Trump by naming the COVID-19 vaccine “Trump”, and that Trump’s identify might ultimately change into a generic time period for vaccines. pic.twitter.com/xoO1A37qIZ— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) November 20, 2020The suggestion got here simply days after Trump wrongly claimed full credit score for Pfizer’s announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine was efficient. In truth, the drug marker didn’t settle for authorities cash for the mission.Since then, one other drug firm has launched outcomes indicating a second, extra accessible vaccine may very well be fast-tracked by the FDA by the top of the 12 months. Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday additionally known as the efficacy of Pfizer’s vaccine “extraordinary,” including it’s almost as efficient because the measles shot.On Friday, Trump made the outlandish suggestion that these drug firms intentionally withheld profitable outcomes till after the election as a revenge-fueled plot to kick him out of workplace on account of his campaign in opposition to prescription drug costs.Rivera mentioned that he wished the American folks might honor Trump by crediting him for the speedy vaccine “because he is definitely the prime architect of this Operation Warp Speed.”To date, the coronavirus has killed not less than 250,000 Americans and contaminated nearly 12 million—a grim milestone that’s solely anticipated to skyrocket as the vacation season and winter loom.On Friday evening, Williams appeared to allude to the tragic actuality of the virus surging throughout the nation, calling out the president for refusing to observe virus mitigation suggestions pushed by his personal public well being officers, like mask-wearing and social distancing.“We are all painfully aware life in America will not feel anything close to normal until the coronavirus vaccine has been perfected and really distributed,” he mentioned throughout his late evening present, “The 11th Hour.”During his monologue about Trump’s “laser focus” on the pandemic, Williams jokingly highlighted the success fee of different merchandise 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 lift up the uneducated in our country, well along comes Trump: The Vaccine,” Williams quipped. “Possibilities, I think you’ll agree, are endless.”Read extra at The Daily Beast.Get our prime tales in your inbox each day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the tales that matter to you. Learn extra.