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Brian Williams Calls Out Geraldo Rivera for Suggesting COVID-19 Vaccine Be Named After Trump

TV news rarely juxtaposes voiceover narration with the images onscreen to this ironic an effect.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams


Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera has an idea for what to name the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s ready for distribution, and it’s after outgoing President Trump himself. However, that suggestion did not sit well with MSNBC chief anchor and “The 11th Hour” host Brian Williams on Friday, who in response skewered the correspondent’s remarks with a sleight of visual irony. Watch below.

Juxtaposed against images of President Trump golfing and not wearing a mask, among other things, Williams said solemnly, “It’s possible we just don’t give the president enough credit for his FDR-like devotion to tackling this virus. 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.”

On the episode of “Fox and Friends” on Friday, Rivera suggested naming the vaccine after the president would be “a nice gesture to him and years from now it would become kind of a generic name,” he said. “’Have you got your Trump yet?’ ‘I got my Trump, I’m fine.’ I wish we could honor him in that way.”

Williams continued, “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. Possibilities, I think you’ll agree, are endless. That is our broadcast for this Friday night.”

Williams also said earlier on the program, “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.

“The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” is currently in its fifth season.

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