2020 has finally broken the most disciplined and restrained among us.
On Friday night’s episode of “The 11th Hour,” host and MSNBC chief anchor Brian Williams had one hell of a reaction to Geraldo Rivera’s suggestion to name the COVID-19 vaccine after President Trump. Speaking over a rotating carousel of images of President Trump golfing and attending rallies without a mask, the typically mild mannered Williams said, “It’s possible we just don’t give the president enough credit for his FDR-like devotion to tackling this virus.”
Turns out, the FDR comparison was just the warm up. Williams then set the sarcasm burners on high. “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.”
Williams’ skewering is the latest in a line of post-election, no-holds-barred reactions from news anchors who are clearly tired of having to follow and report on Trump’s insane behavior since 2016. In the immediate aftermath of the election, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper infamously compared Donald Trump to “an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun.” The host later said he regretted making the comparison. “That’s not the person I really wanna be,” explained Cooper. “It was in the moment, and I regret it.” While it was noble of Cooper to apologize for the admittedly callous comparison, Trump’s unconstitutional war on the media is the far greater sin. And sometimes it just feels good to strike back.
Watch Williams’ sarcastic sign-off in the clip below.
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