President Donald Trump and his White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings have been disastrous despite the fact the former business mogul is flanked by actual experts that he often fails to listen to. In a bizarre moment during Thursday’s briefing, Trump suggested injecting disinfectants into human bodies which, as anyone with sense knows, would harm or possibly kill a person.
Trump made the suggestion after William “Bill” Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security spoke about how disinfectants, warmer weather, and sunlight impact the spread of the novel coronavirus. Bryan explained how Lysol and rubbing alcohol kills the virus while adding that direct sunlight could eliminate the virus in the air and on surfaces.
The president took this as a cue to put on a tinfoil hat and dust off his imaginary science degree to make one of the most dangerous suggestions yet in combating COVID-19.
“I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said. “Is there a way we 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.”
Trump then turned to his task force to inquire about injecting ultraviolet light inside the body to kill the virus although that wasn’t anywhere near the ballpark that Bryan was pitching his ideas in.
Since that briefing, the makers Lysol and Dettol both have warned Americans against these dangerous practices.
On Twitter, the president is catching a ton of well-deserved criticism for his utterances. We have those listed out below.
On this day in history, April 24th, 2020, the disinfectant company Lysol had to launch a major campaign to dissuade people from injecting their product after the President of the United States once again proved to be an absolute fucking moron.— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) April 24, 2020
me at 3am telling my parents i injected myself with lysol pic.twitter.com/QtBAyhiG2j— gary from teen mom (@garyfromteenmom) April 24, 2020
Predictably, the WH claims the media is taking Trump’s “ingest/inject” disinfectants comments out of context. Let’s debunk, shall we: The manufacturer of Lysol-not the media-issued a warning NOT TO INGEST. Lysol wants to sell its product yet felt it necessary to contradict Trump! pic.twitter.com/1UMLkeawVp— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 24, 2020
What kind of cheese do you pair with a rare bottle of ‘08 Lysol?— katie morrissey (@KatieMoNYC) April 24, 2020
Pennsylvanians, I never thought I’d need to say this, but just to be clear: please do not drink or inject bleach. https://t.co/HcWnrwCoIv— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) April 24, 2020
Okay so maybe Trump said people should inject themselves with Lysol and bleach and other household chemicals but it’s not like he said he enjoyed Grey Poupon or wore a tan suit so everyone needs to seriously calm down.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 24, 2020
Imagine being Lysol PR chief at, oh, 6:45 p.m. yesterday... https://t.co/UCjEsAiwFK— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) April 24, 2020
The lysol in my bloodstream when it sees corona particles pic.twitter.com/0XuVJ03cBB— James Duffy Total Landscaping (@TwoTurtleDuffs) April 24, 2020
The answer to any Trumpian sycophant and enabler is now: "But Lysol."— Jennifer 'the people have decided' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 24, 2020