Mike Francesa has given Donald Trump the handwave.
The longtime New York-based sports radio gasbag took to the airwaves on Monday night, offering a takedown of Trump and his response to the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the nation, and specifically, New York.
“There’s a disconnect. We’re watching one thing happen in our city on the 11 o’clock news every night. We’re watching people die,” Francesa says. “And now we know people who died. And we’re not seeing one or two people die now in our neighborhood. We’re seeing them die by the 10s and 20s by the day. They’re bringing people out of the hospital in Queens in body bags. …
“Treat this like the crisis this is,” Francesa continued. “And how can you have a scoreboard that says 2,000 people have died, and tell us it’s OK if another 198,000 died, that’s a good job. How is that a good job in our country? It’s a good job if nobody else dies.”
Francesa, as you may know, is one of the kings of sports radio — but is also New York’s Numbah 1 in bad takes, inaccurate takes and “I nevah said that!”s in the history of broadcast radio.
But Francesa is also known for his political takes, as — for some reason — listeners across the tri-state area tuned in to Francesa in 2016 for his political opinions during the election year. While it’s largely speculated that Da Sports Pope cast his vote for Trump, he hadn’t publicly stated that he did. He was a big Trump supporter during his election run, however.
“I think it’s about doing a good job. His ego will not let him do anything but a good job,” Francesa said of Trump in 2016.
Francesa’s afternoon drive spot — originally from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET — is now tucked into a nice, half-hour spot on WFAN 101.9 from 6-6:30 p.m. He was recently given another show on Sundays while the sports radio world struggles to find something to talk about.
Interesting to see if Trump will be back aftah this.