It’s time to Break It Down!
Over the past few days, TrumpWorld has been uncharacteristically divided. After his controversial statements during last Thursday’s coronavirus briefing, at which time, he suggested the possibility of injecting disinfectant into the body, both the medical community and a number of companies that manufacture disinfectants promptly issued warnings not to ingest or otherwise put the chemicals into the body.
This past weekend, numerous news outlets reported the number of instances of individuals ingesting the products spiked. When questioned by the media, about his comments Friday, Mr. Trump declared he was being sarcastic. In actuality, Mr. Trump was not speaking to the media, but rather following up a presentation by Bill Bryan of Homeland Security, and speaking to Mr. Bryan and Dr. Deborah Birx, who were seated stage right from him.
Mr. Trump’s deviation from the facts is pretty much legendarily, standard operating procedure. The WaPo database showed that as of April 3, Trump’s 1,170th day in office, he has made 18,000 false or misleading claims. That’s an average of more than 15 claims a day. Since the Post’s previous update, 75 days earlier, he’s been averaging just over 23 claims a day. That’s slightly higher than the 22 claims a day he recorded in 2019. Gotta give it to him; he knows his way around false and misleading claims.
So, out there in the Trump orbit, I’ve seen two divergent themes emerge about Mr. Trump’s comments on the subject. One is that he never suggested what many of us watched and heard him say. The other is that he was, as he claimed a day later, speaking sarcastically. After a little more than three years, and more than 18K false and misleading statements, if we’ve learned anything about exposing this guy’s untruthful nature, especially to his fawning flock, it is, you’d better bring the receipts. To wit, check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA_39Yqb0QA. He said these three things:
- Hit the body with ultraviolet or very powerful light
- Bring the light inside the body, either through the skin, or in some other way
- Disinfectant knocks it out in a minute. Is there a way we can do something like that? By injection, inside, almost a cleaning. You see, it gets on the lungs, and it does a tremendous number. It’d be interesting to check that. You’re gonna have to use medical doctors. Sounds interesting to me. But the whole concept of the light, the way it goes in one minute; that’s pretty powerful.
The fallout having been as resounding and as immediate as it was, undoubtedly shook Trump, and on some level, his legion of followers. In Friday’s follow-up briefing, Trump and his team briefed reporters, and after completing his remarks with, “Thank you very much,” Trump uncharacteristically fled the scene…I mean, left the briefing without taking questions. Most Americans, certainly anyone who follows things pollical in America, knows that Trump and TV cameras are all but symbiotic. Leaving the room without lingering to take questions, and perhaps more importantly, make sure every member of his team answered questions in a manner he liked and approved, is, well, downright unimaginable. At least not without some off the chart motivation. Think, gaggle of reporters, queued up to set upon Mr. Trump with a relentless barrage of questions about ingesting disinfectants as a means to destroy coronavirus. Motivation? Check!
If you watched the linked video and listened to Mr. Trump’s comments, you are aptly positioned and qualified to answer the question posed in the title. Just don’t be like Trump’s people. It’s either one, or the other. Not both. “Did He Not Say It; Or, Was He Being Sarcastic? Pick A Side!”
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