Today Trump says he was being sarcastic. Let's play the videos from yesterday and today to see if his claim is credible.
Trump Promotes Disinfectants
Trump made the comments after Bill Bryan, the head of the science and technology directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, discussed some research about how COVID-19 reacted to sunlight.
"So I asked Bill a question some of you are thinking of if you're into that world, which I find to be pretty interesting. So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether its ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said, that hasn't been checked but you're gonna test it. And then I said, supposing it brought the light inside the body, which you can either do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you're gonna test that too, sounds interesting. And I then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute, and is there a way you can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it'd be interesting to check that. So you're going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me, so we'll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it goes in one minute, that's pretty powerful."
The above courtesy of Business Insider.
Again this was in regard to a discussion between Trump and Bill Bryan of the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump's Preposterous Claim Today
"No, I was asking a question sarcastically, to reporters just like you," said Trump.
Warning From Disinfectant Makers
- Reckitt Benckiser , the UK-based maker of Lysol and Dettol, issued the first warning, saying: "Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route)."
- Clorox , maker of bleach, soon followed, calling it critical for consumers to understand the facts. "Bleach and other disinfectants are not suitable for consumption or injection under any circumstances," it said.
Stung From All Sides
Although the president clearly directed those queries at the briefing to Bill Bryan, the acting undersecretary of Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security, he insisted at a White House event Friday that they were meant for reporters.
What About Sunlight and Warmer Temperatures?
Politico reports Trump promotes theory suggesting sunlight can kill coronavirus.
Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said she had not seen research to support the theory that heat could kill viruses.
“I mean, certainly, fever is a good thing when you have a fever because it helps your body respond. But I have not seen heat for viruses,” said Birx during the briefing.
“It would be irresponsible for us to say that we feel the summer will totally kill the virus,” said Bryan.
Twitter exploded with discussion of the president’s comments, made at his daily media briefing on Thursday, with such trending terms as “Lysol,” “#disinfectant,” “DontDrinkBleach” and “#InjectDisinfectant.”
The social media site later said it had blocked the trends “InjectDisinfectant” and “InjectingDisinfectant.”
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Who Will Believe Trump
True Believers Believe, That's What They Do
Even if they play the above videos, Trump's true believers, will believe Trump.
But it will not be either the true believers or the never-Trumpers who decide the election. Rather it will be the independents.
Many independents and swing voters are sick of Trump. Enough?
I believe so. We find out in November.