‘Launch Him Into the Sun’: Chuck Todd Gets Roasted for Asking if Biden is Taking Covid ‘Too Seriously’
Political media figures and others swarmed Twitter to roast MSNBC’s Chuck Todd for asking, out loud on TV, whether former Vice President Joe Biden is taking COVID-19 “too seriously.”
Todd made the comment on Wednesday’s edition of MTP Live, while setting up a segment with DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas and Republican operative Michael Steele.
“Interesting when you look at both candidates, in some ways one not taking the virus seriously enough at all,” Todd said, then added “and one, if there’s a criticism, might be, is he taking it too seriously, at least when it comes to campaigning?” as Moulitsas let out a visible laugh.
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) October 29, 2020
No sooner had we posted the story than media figures, politicians, celebrities, and other verified Twitter users rose up to smite Todd for the offense.
Excuse me, what? https://t.co/m4ibElINuE
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@CarolynBMaloney) October 29, 2020
Can we put Chuck Todd in a catapult and launch him into the sun? https://t.co/2iS7vTNd7M
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 29, 2020
The mainstream news media must be dissolved https://t.co/40KpWb8nbZ
— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@MattNegrin) October 29, 2020
honestly is this real life https://t.co/DK0AaWzGIB
— Jason Linkins (@dceiver) October 29, 2020
What could this possibly mean? What professional journalist could possibly ask this question? https://t.co/4Q6Y0sA1OY
— Siddhartha Mahanta (@sidhubaba) October 29, 2020
The problem is that many people covering politics for a living are so incredibly privileged that they view it as a game and their “knowledge” of the workings of that game as being more important than the lives of people who suffer as a result.
It’s truly disgusting. https://t.co/cJx2szX7y4
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) October 29, 2020
9/11 kills 3,000 people, and we spend the next two decades, thousands of lives, and many billions of dollars attacking the Taliban.
Covid kills 250,000 people, and some dudes are like, “Wearing masks and not going to bars is an overreaction!” https://t.co/zaLqa7W0n2
— James S.A. Corey (@JamesSACorey) October 29, 2020
People are dying, Chuck https://t.co/wuutElyCNs
— Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) October 29, 2020
From our latest:
Thinking about the precautions Joe Biden’s campaign have taken during the coronavirus outbreak, do you think they have:
Taken too many risks 5%
Handled things about right 59%
Been too cautious 22%https://t.co/gbNKJk0Idm https://t.co/TJS1VCT5hG
— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) October 29, 2020
There is such a thing as a dumb question. https://t.co/BWvgqVq2tg
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) October 29, 2020
There is a way to ask questions, and a way not to ask questions, and questions that perhaps should only be asked in the deepest recesses of one’s frontal lobe, and that’s all I have to say about that. https://t.co/To3GB5lBau
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) October 29, 2020
perhaps you are going overboard with this whole “staying alive” thing? https://t.co/XbHrRAdPOA
— Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) October 29, 2020
First: Clinton was not *too prepared*
Second: Biden is not taking a global pandemic that has killed 228,000 Americans in 7 months *too seriously*
Mainstream Media Sucks. https://t.co/LG0UoChXkU
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) October 29, 2020
goodness “If there is a criticism, might be that Chuck Todd takes journalism too seriously to not ask if a pandemic that has killed a quarter of a million Americans is being taken too seriously?”
What is the problem with @ChuckTodd
— Mary McDonnell (@MaryMcDonnell10) October 29, 2020
The Biden campaign rapid response team were among the perplexed:
Come again? https://t.co/fxGCgrkjXG
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) October 29, 2020
— Dan Froomkin/PressWatchers.org (@froomkin) October 29, 2020
And right in the middle of it all, NBC’s PR team appeared to unintentionally troll Chuck.
— NBC News PR (@NBCNewsPR) October 29, 2020
Watch the clip above via MSNBC.
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