At his press briefing yesterday, our president suggested that scientists explore whether the internal use of disinfectants could cure those with COVID 19.
He said it during a televised event ostensibly televised to provide information and guidance to the American people during a confusing time.
After being appropriately criticized for such an irresponsible suggestion, and following statements companies like Lysol and Clorox probably never thought they would ever have to issue (that is, don’t ingest our toxic, poisonous cleaning products), Trump now says it was a prank on reporters.
First, no it wasn’t. Watch the tape. Read the transcript. Don’t step in dog poop and tell me I farted.
Second, even if he were the kind of guy who liked a good prank – and in the last three years, Trump has displayed a sense of humor about as often as he has gone to church – now is really not the time, least of all when the intended audience is not reporters, but the American people.
Third, if it truly was a prank, maybe mention that fact while the people who might be inclined to experiment are still listening. Like, maybe say, “that was a joke, by the way, because I like to tease the reporters.”
Because, sadly, there are people in this country that, for reasons that confound me, trust this president above every other source of information, including ones we used to, as a nation, consider incontrovertible. There are some people who believe that he, and he alone, is the only person who will tell them the truth, and for whatever that says about them, Trump knows it, and he knows there are a few of them that would go straight to the cleaning cupboard and start chugging the Clorox if he told them it would keep them safe.
So, Trump is either (a) really bad at making jokes; (b) irresponsible in his pranking; (c) a bald-faced liar; (d) a complete and total moron; (e) a narcissist who believes he knows more than the CDC, WHO, Fauci, Birx, every doctor, nurse, respiratory therapist, epidemiologist/public health professional, biologist, toxicologist, etc.; (f) in the advanced stages of dementia; (g) on drugs; or (h) all of the above.
But maybe just one tweet to remind your peeps not to drink the bleach.
UPDATE: Dr. Birx had this to say today:
“When he gets new information, he likes to talk that through out loud and really have that dialogue and so that’s what dialogue he was having. I think he just saw the information at the time immediately.. and he was still digesting that information.”
So…it wasn’t sarcasm, it was Trump processing new information? Ummm….okay.