White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters during a rare press briefing on Wednesday that the coronavirus vaccine should be named after outgoing President Donald Trump. Seriously.
More than 270,000 Americans are dead because of Trump’s reckless and incompetent response to the pandemic. Millions of Americans are out of work and face eviction and poverty. Infection rates have also skyrocketed, making a lockdown absolutely necessary.
Had Trump not ignored the science and had taken this virus seriously, our nation would be much better off today. But he didn’t and things are only getting worse across the country.
Yet, McEnany laughably declared that the vaccine should be named after Trump.
“It’s remarkable progress, but we still want to make sure that it comes as fast — as expeditiously, but as safely as possible, because we know by — that each day that passes, there are more American lives at stake,” she said. “So we want to make sure it comes out as quickly as the data allows it to. And we will have 40 million doses by the end of the year, which is a tremendous achievement — not just to have gotten a vaccine in this time, but to have produced 40 million in advance. It’s — having a businessman as President, it’s the Trump vaccine.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
“It’s the Trump vaccine” pic.twitter.com/MTFff7sQfk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 2, 2020
Trump has been desperately trying to take credit for the vaccine since Pfizer announced that it had developed one. The problem is that Pfizer developed the vaccine on their own without any government funding whatsoever. Furthermore, scientists at Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies that have developed a vaccine were the ones who created it, not Trump. He deserves zero credit for any of these vaccines.
Twitter users hammered McEnany for suggesting that Trump’s name should be on it.
Kayleigh McEnany: “…the Trump Vaccine.”
— Mama Doctor Jones | Danielle Jones, MD (@MamaDoctorJones) December 2, 2020
Chinese scientists mapped & released the genetic code of the virus back in Jan. which allowed companies like Pfizer & Moderna to begin developing a vaccine when Trump was still claiming cases would be close to zero in a couple of days & the virus would disappear w/warm weather.
— murly1054 (@murly1054) November 30, 2020
PSA…Donald Trump didn’t invent this vaccine or any vaccine, much as he’d like to take all the credit.
— Gail Dosik (@THEToughCookie) November 30, 2020
Branding any vaccine as a Trump vaccine is like stealing intellectual property.
Those who brought their knowledge, expertise, skill, and ingenuity to bear on a global pandemic deserve all the credit. Trump’s only possible contribution? Undoing safety regulations.
— Mary Nelson (@Mary_Nelson8) December 2, 2020
Trump didn’t produce a vaccine. Businesses did – and one of them was developed in Germany, not the US.
Trump did nothing to hasten the development.
Trump did plenty to make the pandemic demonstrably worse by refusing to mask/social distance. 270,000+ dead.
— lawhawk #maskingforafriend (@lawhawk) November 30, 2020
There will be plenty of legit vaccines coming along for the #TrumpVirus . I am not taking a vaccine with trump’s name on it. trump doesn’t believe in Science and he said the virus was a HOAX @PressSec https://t.co/jlgXzbeOEb
— The Elephant Watcher (@ElephantWatcher) December 2, 2020
Actual footage of the real Trump Vaccine
Our antidote to the American tragedy of the past 4 years
(The vaccine is named after the disease so Propaganda Minister McEnany is onto something)pic.twitter.com/ZQ3peCirRX
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) December 2, 2020
The only thing Trump deserves is blame for making the pandemic worse than it should have been. He has demonized masks, flouted social distancing, held super-spreader events, reopened the economy too early, called the virus a hoax, and suggested crackpot treatments while attacking doctors and nurses on the front lines.
If anything, Trump should be prosecuted for more than 270,000 cases of negligent homicide, or as it should be forever known as: the Trump genocide.
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