Geraldo Rivera's Trump Vaccine Suggestion Inspires Wave of Memes, Jokes

"Trump Vaccine" has inspired memes and jokes as Fox's Geraldo River suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine after President Donald Trump as a "nice gesture."

Speaking on Fox News, Rivera said: "I had an idea, with the world so divided and everybody, you know, telling him he's got to give up, time to leave, it's time to transition, and all the rest of it... Why not name the vaccine 'The Trump'?"

Rivera went onto suggest that not only should the COVID-19 vaccine be named after the president, but that the word "Trump" becomes known as a generic way to say vaccine.

He said: "Make it like, you know, 'have you gotten your Trump yet?' It would be a nice gesture to him. And years from now, it would be kind of a generic name. 'Have you got your Trump yet?' 'Ah yeah I got my Trump I'm fine.'"

Rivera then went onto credit Trump with the success of the vaccine: "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."

But social media users were not on board with Rivera's idea and instead came up with their own definition of what the word Trump could come to mean in a few years.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden at the White House on November 13, 2020, in Washington, DC. Geraldo Rivera suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine after Trump and inspired a wave of memes and jokes on social media. Getty/Tasos Katopodis/Stringer

One Twitter user said: "Trumped is what you call it when Trump screws you over. Like these supporters who got "Trumped," with a photo of sheep in the snow with the caption "Where's the bus?"

Hundreds of Trump supporters were stuck outside in the cold for hours following a rally in Omaha, Nebraska when buses couldn't reach the rally. Police had to help those most at risk get to warmth while some were taken to hospital.

Another suggested: "How about when political candidates lose their election they get 'Trumped at the polls'," referring to the 2020 election in which President-elect Joe Biden beat Trump.

@BillWanti1 on Twitter said: "If someone asked me if I got Trumped, I'd assume they were asking me if I got screwed over. This is dumb. And so is Geraldo."

David on Twitter came up with his own suggestion: "Or we could use 'Trump' to replace other words as a more realistic gesture. The racist cop Trumped the unarmed guy in the back. My ex really Trumped me over and now I'm broke.

"That driver cut me off. What a Trumphole. I drank too much and woke up feeling like Trump."

Other social media users pondered what a Trump Vaccine may do, other than preventing people from getting sick from COVID-19, and pointed out that a "Trump Vaccine" suggests that the vaccine would prevent "Trump," or Trump-like behavior, just as a flu vaccine prevents people from getting sick with the flu virus.

Comedian Steve Hofstetter said: "If I heard there was something called a 'Trump Vaccine' I would assume it was something you take to prevent you from spending your weekends waving a dumb flag from your truck on an overpass."

Another user said: "I got all excited for a second because I thought Pfizer had a "Trump Vaccine to cure MAGA a******* of acute cultism."

Twitter user David A followed similar logic and compared Biden to a "Trump Vaccine" and said "The Trump Vaccine will take effect on January 20th," which is Biden's inauguration day.

W. Preston Robertson had a similar idea and said: "I thought electing Biden was the Trump Vaccine."