Geraldo Rivera invited a tsunami of scorn and criticism Friday morning when he suggested, with a straight face, that the soon-to-be-available coronavirus vaccine should be named the Trump vaccine. “It would be a nice gesture to him and years from now it would become kind of a generic name,” Rivera said on Fox & Friends. “Have you got your trump yet, I got my trump, I’m fine. I wished we could honor him in that way.”
Those who recognize that Donald Trump has downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic and provided no national leadership to combat its spread recognize the absurdity of that comment.
But last night Brian Williams offered a slightly different perspective on Rivera’s musings as he closed out “The 11th Hour” on MSNBC. Rather than outright dismissing the idea, Williams recalled how a grateful nation referred to the polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk as the “Salk vaccine.” Perhaps, he said, the country just hasn’t yet recognized Trump’s accomplishment.
“It’s possible that we just don’t give the president enough credit for his FDR-like devotion to tackling this virus,” Williams said, “his laser-like focus, his daily devotion, the sympathy he’s forever expressing to the families of the quarter-million dead. Geraldo may be on to something.”
The Trump vaccine, Williams suggested, could be the next logical iteration of the Trump brand. Hopefully it will be a lot more successful than Trump steaks, Trump water, Trump University and Trump’s casinos.