Once again, the media and liberals are using some suggesting editing to claim Trump said something he did not actually say in the way it is being portrayed.
During Thursday’s daily coronavirus update, light treatment and disinfectant were brought up.
Trump made some comments that were probably better left unsaid, but what he said and how it is being portrayed are two different things simply because the beginning of his original statement is being left out.
What Trump Said
Bill Bryan, who is the Head of Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, was addressing how the virus can live, or not live, for that matter, when exposed to heat and light.
He also addressed how disinfectants are being used to fight the virus on surfaces.
Trump then stated, “Question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light.
“And I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it.
“And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way.
“And I think you said you’re gonna test that, too. Sounds interesting, right?”
“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or, or almost a cleaning?
“Because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number, so it will be interesting to check that. So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors. But it sounds, it sounds interesting to me. So we’ll see.
“But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s, that’s pretty powerful.”
First, Trump was clearly asking questions that he thought people might be thinking, not making recommendations.
Regarding the sun, heat, and, humidity, it is fairly common knowledge, or at least I thought it was, that the flu bug dies off as the weather gets warmer, so light and/or heat therapy is a reasonable question.
Furthermore, go look on Amazon for ultra-violent light sanitizers for toothbrushes, cell phones, hard surfaces, etc. There are literally hundreds of products offered.
Regarding the disinfectant, my take is that he awkwardly asked if there would be a similar process like disinfecting that could be done to a person’s blood.
I know, I know… if you don’t pay real careful attention, it could be perceived as Trump saying we should inject disinfectant into people’s blood, but that is NOT what he was suggesting.
I was thinking more along the lines of dialysis or something similar where someone’s blood could be “cleaned” with some type of medical treatment, NOT injecting cleaning disinfectant into someone’s blood.
Finally, Trump, as he does in almost every press conference these days, stated that doctors should be the ones testing these things.
He addressed a question directly to Dr. Birx, asking, “I would like you to speak to the medical doctors to see if there’s any way that you can apply light and heat to cure. You know, if you could and maybe you can, maybe you can’t. Again, I say maybe you can. Maybe you can’t. I’m not a doctor. I’m like a person that has a good you know what.
“You ever, have you ever heard of that? The heat and the light relative to certain viruses? Yes, but relative to this virus?”
If we are being honest, Trump is reaching for cures since there is no treatment and/or cure, but that is all he is doing… asking doctors to check things out.
To me, this is a question you ask behind closed doors, not in front of the media and country where a lack of information on a subject he knows little about comes off making him look the fool.
I am of the belief that Trump should not even comment on testing/treatment methods because the media always looks for ways to pick his statement apart to create a dramatic headline, and this press conference is a perfect example of that.
The Media’s Take
Immediately after Trump made this statement, this question was asked…
“The president mentioned the idea of a cleaner. Is the bleach and isopropyl alcohol he mentioned, there’s no scenario that could be injected into a person, is there?”
So, if you look at Trump’s initial quote, as I have highlighted above, he called it a question, not a suggestion.
Furthermore, he was asking about something “like” disinfecting for the blood, not actually using something like Lyson to treat yourself if you have COVID-19.
After the story blew up all over the media with headlines hinting that Trump was actually encouraging people to do these techniques as treatments, the backlash began.
It went from social media rants to the makers of Lysol, Reckitt Benckiser Group (RBG), issuing a statement about not using its products as a way to treat the coronavirus.
RBG stated, “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.”
Even Joe Biden got in on the fun, sending out this tweet (or at least someone pretending to be Joe Biden)…
UV light? Injecting disinfectant?
Here’s an idea, Mr. President: more tests. Now. And protective equipment for actual medical professionals. https://t.co/Zv4Mfs2Z4a
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 24, 2020
This is the problem, though. Trump asks a question, the media carefully edits, then suggests he stated something as fact, and social media runs with it to the point that everyone on the planet believes it to be fact simply because they did not see, hear, or read the full comments of what was said in the first place.
Then we get national outrage and an administration that then has to defend itself for something that was actually never said. The fact this is happening during a crisis is shameful.
Source: Fox News
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