Early this morning, the manufacturer of Lysol was forced to issue a press release titled “Improper use of Disinfectants,” after Donald Trump suggested last night at his press conference that people could inject disinfectants into their bodies to fight Coronavirus.
Trump officially responded to a question about his horrible idea at the White House early this afternoon, when signing the latest Coronavirus stimulus bill into law. A reporter asked him to clarify his comments about injection, to which he responded to by lashing out.
“No I was asking a question sarcastically, to reporters like you, just to see what would happen,” Trump fired back at the reporter. Yeah right! That’s his defense!? “Oh I said something stupid and dangerous to get a reaction,” is basically his defense.
Trump then rambled on and reiterated that he was just being “sarcastic,” but the reporter was smart and instantly called him out on his trash explanation. “But you were asking your medical experts to look into it. Were you being sarcastic with them?” she asked. Trump had no real answer as he responded, “Whether or not sun can help us.”
"I was asking a sarcastic, & a very sarcastic question, to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside. But it does kill it." — Trump tries to rewrite history, says he was speaking "sarcastically" when he mused about disinfectant injections being cure for Covid. pic.twitter.com/bWRU8EV6FZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 24, 2020
Even if we accept Trump’s claim that he was being sarcastic, isn’t that worse? That would mean he was consciously making jokes about Coronavirus in front of the nation. This is not a time for sarcasm.
Trump’s “sarcasm” was so bad that the manufacturer of Lysol said in their morning press release that, “Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB (the makers of Lysol and Dettol) has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).”
“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,” the manufacturer stated.
Yes, there really are people out there who support Donald Trump and are dumb enough to injest or inject bleach or Lysol because he said so. If you missed this last night and are wondering how Trump even said this, it happened after he was looking at a presentation showing the virus decays under sunlight or with disinfectant on a metal surface such as a door handle.
So Trump thought that if you can kill the virus off a surface with bleach, why not drink it? The crazy thing was that when he made this suggestion, he acted as thought what he was saying was profound. Like he was teaching people what they ought to be doing.
He did of course then admit that he’s not a doctor but has “a good you know what”, vaguely pointing to his head and seemingly forgetting the word “brain.” Trump was also asked about the state of the economy and the fact that 25 million people are out of work and said, “I know a lot about economists and the answer is they have no idea. I think I have as good of an idea as anybody.” So he basically got up there last night and made stuff up the entire time.
The exact comments that sparked Lysol’s maker to respond this morning can be seen in the footage below, “And then I see disinfectant, where it knocks it [coronavirus] out in a minute — one minute — and 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. So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.”
"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