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11/20/2020

Enabling Trump: Let’s Name Covid Vaccine After Trump So He Doesn’t Feel So Sad

Filed under: General — Dana @ 3:19 pm



[guest post by Dana]

I have never understood the bizarre need of Trump loyalists have to protect the President from facing the truth as if he weren’t an adult who has to face disappointment like any other living person on the earth. This has been an ongoing complaint of mine during his time in the presidency. Die-hard supporters seem incapable of treating the sitting President of the United States as an adult and holding his feet to the fire like they would a Democratic president. This bootlicking is destructive to the Republican Party, and it will likely take many years for the Party to extricate itself from the tentacles of Trumpism and remake itself into something that actually provides a stable and reasonable tent under which right-of-center voters might once again feel at home. As it now stands, however, the Republican Party has become an organization that has willingly, with eyes wide open, supported the dishonesty, corruption, and destructive behavior of a President determined to harm our nation since the election results were announced. (I’m being charitable with the time frame here.) Because of that, the GOP has sacrificed much of its credibility. The unyielding support and adulation of Trump and all manner of Trumpism has come at a great price. The denial of reality is one thing, but the need to buffer him from said reality does him no favors. And in turn, it does the nation at large no favors as well. On the contrary…

With that in mind, Geraldo Rivera made an appearance on Fox and Friends today, and suggested – incredibly – that, to ease Trump’s suffering, the Covid vaccine should be named after him:

President Speaking on Friday morning’s Fox & Friends, Rivera suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine after Trump so he doesn’t feel so bad about himself. Rivera said: “With the world so divided and everybody telling him he’s got to give up and it’s time to leave and time to transition and all the rest of it, why not name the vaccine ‘The Trump?’ Make it like, ‘Have you gotten your Trump yet?’ It would be a nice gesture to him, and, years from now, it would become just a kind of generic name.”

As a reminder, Pfizer did not accept government money for the development of their vaccine.

Filed under: WAH-WAH-WAH!

–Dana

44 Responses to “Enabling Trump: Let’s Name Covid Vaccine After Trump So He Doesn’t Feel So Sad”

  1. Enablers all.

    Dana (6995e0)

  2. Pricked by Trump; two shots!?!

    OUCH! 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  3. Whichever is named after Trump, I’ll have the other one.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  4. This bootlicking is destructive to the Republican Party

    I continue to be amazed that the GOP officeholders cannot see this. At this point, Romney should leave the party and then dare everyone else to choose sides.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  5. Pricked by Trump; two shots!?!

    Well, Trump is a prick.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  6. At this point, Romney should leave the party and then dare everyone else to choose sides.

    WIt’s amazing how incredibly normal and appealing of a statesman Romney is. At one point I would have said that about any number of Republicans, but in this season of Trumpism we have seen a lot of those once-notable Republicans whittle down the list by their own sycophancy. Romney stands nearly alone.

    Dana (6995e0)

  7. @5. Stormy sees 😉 :

    In the 16th and 17th centuries, “my prick” was used as a term of endearment by ‘immodest maids’ for their boyfriends. – source ,wikioyvey

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  8. As a reminder, Pfizer did not accept government money for the development of their vaccine.

    Since you think that’s a relevant point, note that Moderna (with their more effective vaccine) did.

    I’m against naming anything after politicians. (Writing this after driving home on the George Bush Turnpike.)

    beer ‘n pretzels (042d67)

  9. So Giuliani’s son caught the COVID, and with Giuliani’s massive amounts of flop-sweat yesterday, makes me wonder if he caught it, too.

    Paul Montagu (77c694)

  10. Enabling Trump: Let’s Name Covid Vaccine After Trump So He Doesn’t Feel So Sad

    Memo to Geraldo:

    He’ll get a U.S. postage stamp when he dies.

    And, eventually, a yugggggge multi-billion dollar aircraft carrier w/his name on it- though not in gold letters. But it’ll still have a lot of brass aboard. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  11. @9. Like father; like son: Donnie Jr., tested positive fo Covid today, too.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  12. Since the media named everything bad over the last four years after Trump it wouldn’t be unfair.

    In Frisco they tried to name a sewer treatment plant after the ‘Hitler President’ previous to Orange Man but even Bay Area voters rejected it.
    _

    harkin (8fadc8)

  13. Vell, zey named a brandy after Napoleon und a herring after Bismarck, and Dustin has discovered a lip balm they can name after Trump but I’m not telling.

    nk (1d9030)

  14. LOL indeed

    Dustin (4237e0)

  15. Since you think that’s a relevant point, note that Moderna (with their more effective vaccine) did.

    other than you being what you are, why do you say this vaccine is superior?

    My understanding is that the Pfizer vaccine is more than 95% effective at this point, and it’s also a testament to conservatism, since it’s a fast success without government help right?

    I’m not expert. For all I know the vaccine turns people into Zombies. But why is it important to you that the Moderna one is better? Is it only because this is good for a politician who already lost his election? If so, really think about that. You’re not even going for an election outcome. You’re just hoping to make a politician happy. It’s a great comment for this post.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  16. other than you being what you are, why do you say this vaccine is superior?

    You mean someone hinged to facts, I’m sure.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/11/17/935563377/why-does-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine-need-to-be-kept-colder-than-antarctica

    And, you just glossed over the second part of my @8, didn’t you.

    beer ‘n pretzels (042d67)

  17. Vell, zey named a brandy after Napoleon und a herring after Bismarck, and Dustin has discovered a lip balm they can name after Trump but I’m not telling.

    Tell us what it is. Pretty please with sugar on top.

    Dana (6995e0)

  18. We’ll need to prevail on Dustin, Dana.

    nk (1d9030)

  19. You mean someone hinged to facts, I’m sure.

    You usually are sure.

    But I meant someone who seeks to interpret the world in such a way that it favors a politician.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  20. Dana, the truth is out there

    Dustin (4237e0)

  21. Thank you, Dustin!

    nk (1d9030)

  22. But I meant someone who seeks to interpret the world in such a way that it favors a politician.

    Is that better or worse than someone who seeks to interpret the world in such a way that it denigrates a politician? Not saying that’s you but I see that a lot here, and maybe swinging the pendulum slightly the other way is warranted.

    beer ‘n pretzels (042d67)

  23. Is that better or worse than someone who seeks to interpret the world in such a way that it denigrates a politician?

    Oh definitely worse. Politicians all stink.

    I’ve been made a fool for believing in a politician. I’ve never been made a fool for denigrating them, and I recommend you give it a try sometime because it is also fun.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  24. Fair point. I will join you in that the next four years at least.

    beer ‘n pretzels (042d67)

  25. 17, 18, 20, 21. Inside jokes violate Section 230. And I think also HIPAA.

    lurker (d8c5bc)

  26. Joking aside, the repeal of Section 230 seems to be just about the only thing authoritarians Left and Right agree on. So enjoy these comment threads while we can. They may not be long for the world.

    lurker (d8c5bc)

  27. @26: I’ll miss all the moral preening.

    beer ‘n pretzels (042d67)

  28. You are truly better than us, beer. We’re lucky to be in your presence while we can.

    Leviticus (9d3248)

  29. I’m awed by the humility.

    lurker (d8c5bc)

  30. Heh! He does always sound like he’s not being paid enough to be here, doesn’t he? [Checks ruble to USD. Yup. Lowest in five years.]

    nk (1d9030)

  31. WIt’s amazing how incredibly normal and appealing of a statesman Romney is. At one point I would have said that about any number of Republicans, but in this season of Trumpism we have seen a lot of those once-notable Republicans whittle down the list by their own sycophancy. Romney stands nearly alone.

    Dana (6995e0) — 11/20/2020 @ 4:00 pm

    That is true. Trumpism has brought the bar of expectations down so low, that something that us nonTrumpy conservatives expect in Republican House and Senate members(as what Mitt does) now looks very impressive and dignified. And Romney will fare quite well electorally in Utah, whose center-right voters differ markedly from a state like Alabama, a very Trumpy state. Utah has a lot of conservatives that aren’t as big Trump enthusiasts like in other states. And that shows in Trump’s relatively narrow 20 point win of that state. For comparison, Romney won Utah by a 47.9 % Margin in 2012, McCain by 28 % in 2008, and Bush 43 by 45.5 % in 2004. If Romney was a Senator in a state where the Republican base is more Trumpy, he would’ve probably gone the way of Jeff Flake.

    In any case, good for Mitt and a few other members of Congress for not kowtowing to DJT’s lame duck insanity.

    HCI (92ea66)

  32. As a reminder, Pfizer did not accept government money for the development of their vaccine.

    They may not have accepted money from the government but they benefited from Operation Warp Speed through the cutting of red-tape and regulations. Without it they would have never gotten approval so fast.

    Name it after him? Nope.

    Marci (405d43)

  33. The Easter vaccine. When Trump said it was going away by Easter, he was right. The guy has a knack for these things.

    noel (9fead1)

  34. Without it they would have never gotten approval so fast.

    I disagree. The whole world would happily pay for this vaccine and Trump really gets no credit for it, aside from being so completely awful at his job that we’re more desperate than we’d probably otherwise be. In fact, Pfizer (the successful private business) explained they avoided interacting with Trump’s operation to save time. And of course we trust the product more since it has nothing to do with an administration lying to us and promoting tremendous civil unrest for selfish reasons.

    Honestly.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  35. Imagine if we ran around trying to give Obama credit for Honda’s new cruise control, because regulations didn’t forbid the invention. That’s stupid.

    Trump didn’t work in any lab, he can barely read, and is a total idiot. No, he doesn’t get any credit for his great leadership in COVID just because some folks who do work in labs and can read were very smart.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  36. Imagine if we ran around trying to give Obama credit for Honda’s new cruise control, because regulations didn’t forbid the invention. That’s stupid.

    Agree, but have you ever been to Kennedy Space Center? How about what used to be called Cape Kennedy?

    beer ‘n pretzels (042d67)

  37. I like Fort Hood. Nobody did more to decimate the Confederate armies and win the Civil War for the Union in the final critical days of the war than the gallant Hood of Texas.

    nk (1d9030)

  38. Hood was a Confederate general for those of you from Rio Linda.

    nk (1d9030)

  39. D Day was also great, BNP. Thank you for your defense of big government but I think those things are only good when there is no realistic alternative. Here, of course, Trump’s COVID leadership made avoiding government involvement the best path.

    And if vaccines cause massive problems, and the government covers it up, I’m sure Trump fans will insist he had nothing to do with it. It’s the reflexive need to twist everything, make flip flops and 180s every ten minutes for Trump’s advantage no matter reality, that amazes me every day.

    Why do you bother?

    Dustin (4237e0)

  40. Why do you bother insisting that I disagree with you?

    beer ‘n pretzels (042d67)

  41. “Romney stands nearly alone.”

    He speaks for me. Hopefully as more sober up, they will understand how low they were willing to go. Sad.

    AJ_Liberty (a4ff25)

  42. but mr dustin only a super genius like president donald with a very good you know what would have thought of making a vaccine for a raging pandemic

    its obvious to anyone willing to do the analysis

    Dave (1bb933)

  43. Thank goodness we had Trump. That’s the general lesson of 2020. We sure woulda been in trouble without Dear Leader.

    Why do you bother insisting that I disagree with you?

    beer ‘n pretzels (042d67) — 11/21/2020 @ 7:05 am

    Seriously. Is this your job?

    Dustin (4237e0)

  44. How about we name the disease after Trump?

    Trump’s Flu
    Trump Fever
    the Trump Plague
    Trump’s Disease
    Captain Trumps (hat tip Stephen King)

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

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