Donald Trump is a disappointment in many ways, but he is very dependable in one sense: he always tops himself. Or lowers himself? Like, the bar for Trump is so low it’s at the center of the Earth. And yet, he keeps going even lower. Not only has his administration egregiously, shamefully failed to offer consistent leadership on battling COVID-19, but they have also in many ways encouraged the spread of the virus.
The president also promoted the incorrect and dangerous idea that hydroxychloroquine could cure the novel coronavirus, despite many medical experts coming out to explain that wasn’t true. How much worse could it get?
Well, at his press conference on Thursday, Trump floated the idea of shooting disinfectant into people’s veins to kill the virus.
“I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” he 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.”
"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. It gets in the lungs" -- Trump seems to suggests that injecting disinfectant inside people could be a treatment for the coronavirus pic.twitter.com/amis9Rphsm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2020
Extremely interesting. You go first, Mr. President. That was basically the response on Twitter, along with warnings not to ingest chemical cleaning liquids in any way:
Don’t drink bleach. pic.twitter.com/4IKydpyULc— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) April 24, 2020
The Surgeon General of the United States, whose salary is paid by all the nation’s taxpayers, and who tells us to eat our vegetables and not to use tobacco, can’t bring himself to say:— George Conway (@gtconway3d) April 24, 2020
Don’t inject or ingest bleach or other disinfectants. https://t.co/iZgO4JKYA3
I see a lot of you urging people not to drink bleach. But worth some introspection: NONE of you cared about this issue or even talked about it until Trump brought it up. And then all of sudden you hate the idea?— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) April 24, 2020
We knew he was insane before he said this. The disappointment is that the experts present didn’t have the courage to forcefully repudiate it. They didn’t jump up & warn America that what we just heard was homicidally insane. https://t.co/AbUTW7YgGA— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) April 24, 2020
SHE KNOWS HE’S NUTS. MITCH AND THE GOP KNOW HE’S NUTS. AND THEY ARE ALL OK WITH PEOPLE DYING RATHER THAN MAKE PRESIDENT CRAZYCAKES MAD https://t.co/s8bl9p9Evh— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) April 24, 2020
inject ice in your veins, not disinfectant 💉 pic.twitter.com/VsaJzM6lJ3— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 24, 2020
I really can't believe I need to say this, but please: do not ingest, inject, or otherwise expose yourself improperly to household cleaners, disinfectants, or radiation. Please.— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) April 24, 2020
TRUMP: I’m pretty sure you can beat the virus by grabbing a gun and shooting yourself in the face.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 24, 2020
NETWORKS: This is important news that must be aired live.
It took one month to the day. https://t.co/nsoSAxM3c7— Wesley Clark (@WesClarkjr) April 23, 2020
I have a fun idea: why don’t we have Trumps personal doctor/ carny inject Trump with the coronavirus and then we can test out all his ideas on him and his family? There will be light everywhere. The best lights. Inside and out.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 24, 2020
I hereby nominate the president to inject himself with disinfectant first and tell the rest of us how it works out.— Mohamad Safa (@mhdksafa) April 24, 2020
He also suggested that scientists try using ultraviolet light or sunshine on the virus…inside people’s bodies.
Sort of like when your grandma would say that leaving sheets to dry outside makes them cleaner. I assume we’d have to cut people open to get their insides on the outside, but it makes sense otherwise.
UV light? Injecting disinfectant?— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 24, 2020
Here’s an idea, Mr. President: more tests. Now. And protective equipment for actual medical professionals. https://t.co/Zv4Mfs2Z4a
Wow Trump just suggested getting rid of coronavirus by bringing "light inside the body" ... "either through the skin or in some other way" or using disinfectant: "is there a way you can do something like that by injection or some other way."— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) April 23, 2020
Luckily, in these uncertain times, we still have brands to turn to. The makers of Lysol, Reckitt Benckiser, shared this statement via a spokesperson with NBC News:
“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.”
They added that the company believes it has a “responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts.”
So, not our world leader, who is an expert in nothing whatsoever.