Comedian Sarah Cooper Jokes Trump's Replacing Dr. Fauci With the 'MyPillow' Guy

Sarah Cooper has an idea of who President Donald Trump could line up as a replacement for Dr. Anthony Fauci. The comedian took aim at Trump yet again on Monday afternoon, joking that the infectious disease expert would be replaced by the fictitious Steve Windell, the inventor of MrPillow—a jab at Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow.

"Breaking: Dr. Fauci to be replaced by Trump appointee, Mr. Pillow #EverythingsFine" Cooper tweeted, alongside a clip from a sketch in which a mustachioed Jon Hamm plays Windell in a faux infomercial for an experimental coronavirus vaccine.

"Why not take the magic of MrPillow, and use it to make a vaccine for coronavirus?" Hamm asks in the video.

Breaking: Dr. Fauci to be replaced by Trump appointee, Mr. Pillow #EverythingsFine

— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) November 2, 2020

According to the MrPillow sketch, the vaccine is made from thousands of microscopic pillows that are "shrunken down to the size of the deadly virus." When injected into the bloodstream, the pillows insert themselves underneath the virus, and "lull it into a restful slumber." There's a cartoon demonstration of this happening onscreen, and of the body's immune cells sneaking up on the sleeping coronavirus and taking out microscopic knives to stab the virus to death.

Then, voila! Folks are then be cured of the coronavirus, according to the comedy bit. The sketch also mentions that this cure won't be available until 2022, and that it might actually cause coronavirus.

The video is part of a sketch from Cooper's recent Netflix special, Everything's Fine. Cooper's tweet promoting the clip also came just a day after Sunday, when Trump seemed to publicly hint that he might Dr. Fauci after Election Day.

Meanwhile, the real-life MyPillow CEO, Mike Lindell, is an avid Trump supporter. As noted by Newsweek in August, Lindell attended a White House meeting in July, regarding the use of oleadrin, a "botanical extract from the oleander plant—an evergreen shrub or small tree that is highly toxic to humans and many animals if any part is ingested." Newsweek previously reported that the extract is "one of several toxic compounds that the plant contains." Additionally, consumption of the extract can be fatal.

The MyPillow CEO claimed that Trump was "enthusiastic" at the prospect of using the extract as a potential therapeutic drug for coronavirus. "He was enthusiastic, as he is on everything that's going to help people," Lindell told CNN at the time.

"I want this to get to the public so bad and I want to get it out there to help people," Lindell added. He told CNN that he heard of oleadrin from the company Phoenix Biotechnology. Oleadrin has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and there are no studies asserting a connection between curing the coronavirus and the extract. Despite this, Lindell said that he took the extract as a prophylactic himself, and that he told friends and family to follow suit.

In August, experts warned against taking oleadrin as a therapeutic drug for coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci listens during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Getty/Drew Angerer

On Sunday during a rally in Florida, Trump responded to the crowd's "Fire Fauci" chant. "Don't tell anybody, but let me wait 'till a little after the election," Trump told the rally. "I appreciate the advice."

The president also called Fauci "a nice guy" but claimed that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease has "been wrong a lot."