When lying holds no moral weight, the liar will carelessly compound his dishonesty. So it is with Donald Trump whose pathological falsification of all things great and small is bound to set historical records. Unfortunately, this isn’t sport, and the likelihood that people will be hurt, and even die,cannot be ignored.
Trump’s bizarre and dangerous assertions on Thursday that injections of bleach or alcohol could be potential treatments for COVID-19 (coronavirus) were the latest escalation of his war on human beings. Trump seems to cherish initiatives that put lives at risk. He displays that in his efforts to kill Obamacare, his rollback of fuel emission standards, and remarkably in his proposal to nuke hurricanes. He clearly doesn’t have even a kindergartners grasp of science. But more worrisome is that he has zero empathy for the citizens of the United States or the world.
On Friday Trump sought to disinfect his noxious suggestion about ingesting household cleaning solutions. But his pitifully lame effort only served to amplify his abundant ignorance. For the record, at Thursday’s Coronavirus Task Force briefing (aka Trump 2020 reelection campaign infomercial), Trump hyped an insane theory of his own making with this inquiry: “The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning.”
— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) April 23, 2020
Yes, of course there is. And it would totally kill the virus – along with the patient – but hey, that’s the trade-off. The comment was so preposterous that Trump had to walk it back early Friday as he spoke with reporters. However, his explanation only affirmed that he will lie shamelessly no matter how obvious it is. When asked to clarify his remarks, Trump told reporters that “I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen.”
Reporter: Could you clarify your comments on injections of disinfectants?
Trump: I was asking the question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen…
Reporter: But you were asking your medical experts to look into it pic.twitter.com/T0hzizjgpN
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 24, 2020
The only problem with that excuse is that the video above shows that he wasn’t addressing reporters. He plainly turned to Dr. Deborah Birx and Bill Bryan of the Department of Homeland Security for affirmation of his wackadoodle theory. Furthermore, there was no hint of sarcasm in his voice or manner. And if that weren’t enough, Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, issued a statement saying that…
“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing. Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”
Notice that McEnany doesn’t bother to point to whatever she is asserting was out of context. She knows that the media was merely quoting Trump, and doing so accurately. Even worse, McEnany doesn’t dispute the impression that Trump left as endorsing bleach injections. She merely advises that people consult with their doctors first. There’s a problem with that as well. Because if you ask your doctor if it’s okay to shoot up Clorox, you’re likely to be committed to a psyche ward.
Finally, Trump seems to think that it’s his job to float reckless and potentially fatal therapies to the American people on national television. And he said as much in this exchange:
Philip Bump, Washington Post: Respectfully sir, you’re the president and people tuning into these briefings they want to get information and guidance and want to know what to do. They’re not looking for rumors.”
Trump: I’m the president and you are fake news. And you know what I’ll say to you? I’ll say it very nicely. You ready? It’s just a suggestion from a brilliant lab by a very, very smart, perhaps brilliant man. He’s talking about sun. He’s talking about heat. And you see the numbers. So that’s it. That’s all I have. I’m just here to present talent. I’m here to present ideas.”
Question: Respectfully, you’re the President and people tune in to these briefings and they want to get information and guidance
Trump: Hey I’m the President and you’re fake news pic.twitter.com/6zqefI3tGV
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 23, 2020
First of all, the suggestion to inject poisons was not from the “very smart, perhaps brilliant man.” That was all Trump. More to the point, it is not the president’s job to present any and all ideas, particularly those that are not validated by science and that can result in tragedy. That’s just rumor mongering. And Trump’s recent experience with hyping the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine proved the folly of such snake oil pitches when it turned out that it contributed to more deaths among a trial group of coronavirus patients, than those who did not receive it.
If there’s one thing that can be learned from this, it’s that Trump’s babbling must never be taken seriously. His ignorance and callous disregard for the welfare of others can only lead to pain and loss. And even when he’s called out for his fatal errors, he will manufacture distortions of reality to try to absolve himself of responsibility. These are the behaviors of a narcissistic sociopath. And those who continue to cover for him, whether in the public, the press, or politics, are not only complicit, they are hopelessly lost cultists.
UPDATE: So after suggesting that people ingest poison, then lying that it was HHS official Bill Bryan who said it, then lying that he was sarcastically addressing it to reporters, Trump has now tweeted that he did in fact say it to Bryan. Trump really needs someone on his staff to manage his lies better.
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15 thoughts on “Defending His Bleach Injection Insanity, Trump Lies and Makes Matters Even Worse”
When Trump promotes dangerous/deadly ideas to the public, claiming scientific, “brilliant” minds have said it ~ knowing desperate (& stupid) people will trust him & believe him cuz’ he is using his authority of the presidency ~ he crosses that line between Narcissistic Sociopath, to level of (Narcissistic) Psychopath. Seriously. Beyond just being his usual ignorant moron, pathological liar & such. People in positions of authority, who speak with that authority, are legally held to higher standard of responsibility than a common person would be. And rightfully so! Look, Trump knows fearful public may try what he says & will die (as happened with malaria drug he touted), but he says it anyway.
He is a very dangerous psychopath! We lock people away for that shit!
“LOCK HIM UP!”
Where the hell are his fellow GOP?? Trump’s advisors & cohorts in Admin. & Congress sure as hell should be speaking out (& to him) about the things he is saying & doing! The fact that they still say/do NOTHING, shows Trump is a cancer that has infected his entire GOP Party!
While Trump distracts press & public with his dangerous bullshit, GOP remains silent?!! Guess they’re too busy robbing the Treasury for big corporate donors, while screwing the American People out of the money they/we desparately need to survive this crisis! A deadly virus that has been turned into America’s catastrophic failure by THEIR loathsome leader!
4 out of 5 plumbers agree with Trump on chlorine. lol
Revealed: leader of group peddling bleach as coronavirus ‘cure’ wrote to Trump this week
Mark Grenon wrote to Trump saying chlorine dioxide ‘can rid the body of Covid-19’ days before the president promoted disinfectant as treatment
So it appears any whack job can suggest any stupidity to Trump & he w/o power to discern, nor inclination to “fact check” it 1st, will then announce it to the world.
Played for a fool by a plumber.
Wow! What a great leader! /s
I’m assuming that Trump can make some money on the (cough cough) cure or that he is a brain dead cretin who thinks that there is a miracle cure that nobody else has thought of.
Trump wants to be the hero, hence the BS he spews.
My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.
Wait! Didn’t Trump say the info was from a ‘brilliant mind’, at a scientific LAB?
A what? …plumber lab?
How the fuck is he going to top this? If there is a way the dotard will do it!
I don’t know how he can top it but I’m curious as well.
Oh, where to start. After 3 1/2 years of this clown, (apologies to clowns) I am still at a loss why anyone with common sense would have supported him in the first place. I was clueless that there were so many gullible Americans. I only hope that there are enough people that realize they made a mistake to rid this great country of him and his enablers.
Trump pretending coronavirus never even happened showing mourning families how little he gives a dam* about any of them! Period.
“Dump the Trump in 2020!”
“Remember In NOVEMBER!”
It was fairly obvious that Trump had no idea what bleach is and figured it’s ability to clean surfaces would extend to ingestion. He did the same thing when he mislead the public because he obviously thought Alabama was on the eastern seaboard rather than the Gulf of Mexico. He probably should have known that Puerto Rico was part of the U.S. when it was leveled by a hurricane. The combination of stupidity along with the inability to work with experts or advisors are deadly traits for a president.
I don’t see how anyone, even dumbest dotard ever born, can be in a job – any job – & after 3.5yrs in the job, still NOT KNOW ANYTHING about the job, work he needs to do there, or company he works for (U.S. Gov’t)!!?
You’d expect that he’d accidentally learn something about along the way! 3.5yrs & knows nothing more than on day #1?!
He obviously finds the work tedious & boring ~ or way over his comprehension (yep!). He just likes the center of attention, the fun stuff (taking family to Queen’s Dinner at the Palace & nearby side trips …all on taxpayers expense; the grifting & pocketing millions of $$$ all along the way ( so WHAT was done with ALL THOSE TESTS that were sent to USA that he thinks meant only for him & his in federal govt & not to be shared with the 50 States?!? Is he selling them to outlets & making $$ off sales of them….while many Americans pass illness to others & so many are DYING DAILY!
“President of these 50 United States & all those living here”…he didn’t understand that? Not just red states & be adversarial to blue states…all 50 states! That’s the job you campaigned for & pledged an Oath to do. He hates the actual work & half the people & the press too. Most days he’s briefly briefed in 30 or less & he’s doneofficially.
So WHY is he running for 4 more years of it? Why is GOP running this American failure, embarrassment & ignoramus again?!! No good GOP left who might actually want to do the job, not just be a bigass distraction while bankrupting the nation financially & morally?!!
Trump & ALL GOP must be kicked out in Nov! They are malignant cancer on the USA! 1 term of anyone but GOP won’t kill ya’ & the Party will be sent message by voters that you live & die politically with your leader.
GOP is BIG PART of PROBLEM behind THE PROBLEM IN OVAL OFFICE!
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