Geraldo Rivera Suggests Naming the Vaccine After Trump to 'Honor Him' and Even Fox News Host Scoffed
In an appearance on Fox and Friends, Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera suggested a consolation prize for President Donald Trump after his recent popular vote and electoral vote loss in the 2020 election: naming the virus vaccine "Trump."
His suggestion, however, seemed to draw an audible scoff from Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy who understandably figured Rivera was joking.
Narrator: he was not joking.
"I had an idea, with the world so divided and everybody telling [President Donald Trump] he's got to give up, and it's time to leave, and the time to transition and all the rest of it, why not name the vaccine 'The Trump'."
"You know, make it like: 'Have you got your Trump yet?' You know, it'd be a nice gesture to him, and years from now would become just a kind of a generic game. 'Have you got your Trump yet now?' 'I got my Trump. I'm fine'."
Fox's Geraldo Reaches Peak Cult Status Says Name Vaccine "The Trump" https://t.co/EcfJxNAKU2 pic.twitter.com/UvVrh3RmFJ
— Peter Wade (@brooklynmutt) November 20, 2020
To soften the blow of defeat Fox's Geraldo proposes naming the vaccine after Trump. "It would 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 wished we could honor him in that way." pic.twitter.com/fM8qwFhxF6
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 20, 2020
Despite the looks on the faces of Doocy and Earhardt...
...Rivera kept speaking.
"I wish we could honor him in that way because he is definitely the prime architect of this Operation Warp Speed. And but for him, we'd still be waiting into the grim winter for these amazing, miraculous medical breakthroughs."
People online were no more receptive to Rivera's suggestion than his colleagues on Fox News.
Hey Geraldo - we already have a "Trump Vaccine."
It's called voting.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 20, 2020
He's already been honored by naming the #TrumpVirus after him.
— Brian Hoyt (@ThisIsBrianHoyt) November 20, 2020
Good Lord. How about, "I took a big ol' Trump this mornin'?" https://t.co/wloQZ6jRDD
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) November 20, 2020
As in, "I tweeted this while Trumping. (It must have been all the dried apricots. They're orange, too.)"
— Maj. Gen. John Fulton Reynolds, I Corps 🌊🐮 (@AntonioBequer) November 20, 2020
when my teenage son goes to toilet, he says "I'm going to dump a Trump".
— CUPCAKE GALLEGO KETAY BARRON DENNISON MILLER (@CUPCAKEWILLIAM6) November 20, 2020
He's already got a virus named after him (The Trump Virus), sure not gonna name the cure after him too.
— Paul (@gobackto2008) November 20, 2020
So, kill 250,000 people by negligence and disinterest and name a treatment for what killed them after the abuser?
— AHeintz (@Kimsuesmom) November 20, 2020
My cat hacked up a big ol' Trump this morning pic.twitter.com/X6GS5zXOhE
— Dawn Wears A Mask & So Should You (@viewsfordays) November 20, 2020
Sorry, we already named the pandemic that's killed 250,000 Americans after Trump. That's all he gets. #TrumpPandemic
— Little Mac (@DorseyFilm) November 20, 2020
These the folks that rip Millennials for being soft and requiring participation trophies?
— Joe (@venezuela_joe) November 20, 2020
I want everyone who doesn't know this yet to know this now:
Trump's feelings are not our problem. If he feels terrible, that is fine. That is great.
— JRehling (@JRehling) November 20, 2020
Some focused more on the messenger than the message.
How about using “Geraldo" as a synonym for the worst possible ideas ever proposed? Such as “Whose Geraldo was it to put Rudy Giuliani in charge of your legal affairs?"
— pwithm11 (@pwtham11) November 20, 2020
I remember him getting hit in the Face with a stupid chair back when he was a Talk Show host..
Brings warm feeling to see his face getting broken over and over again..
— rich w. (@rwillson1969) November 20, 2020
Honestly, the people supporting him sound at least as crazy as he does at this point.
— PSR (@PSRSurf) November 20, 2020
Geraldo, I don't think Clorox will be wiling to change the name of their bleach to #Trump's Vaccine. Maybe rename the virus to Trump's Folly.
— Jim M (@JimAex) November 20, 2020
No-one will take the vaccine if it's named after Trump. Geraldo can name his own vaccine injection after Trump if it makes him happy.😬
— Eva P 🌊 (@Eva_eva_P) November 20, 2020
Geraldo thinking to himself, “How can we ensure half of Americans won't take the vaccine? Eureka!"
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) November 20, 2020
While some let Rivera know the vaccine already had a name and someone more deserving of the honor.
When pharmaceutical giant Moderna announced that its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection, there was a familiar name among the list of research supporters in the New England Journal of Medicine. https://t.co/iaCxmli4Ez
— ABC News (@ABC) November 18, 2020
We've already decided that we're naming the vaccine after Dolly Parton, Geraldo, but perhaps we can find a sewer plant or trash incinerator to name after Trump.
— Brian (@Hobbes_Too) November 20, 2020
Geraldo Rivera suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine should be named after Donald Trump.
I suggest that COVID-19 should be named after Donald Trump, and the vaccine should be named after Dolly Parton.
— Andrea Junker ® (@Strandjunker) November 20, 2020
So far Rivera has found little support for his proposal. Whether it will eventually catch on with President Trump's most ardent fans remains to be seen.