Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Trump, Clorox and that Straw Man

Many trump supporters have been taking to social media in the last couple of days to defend their Moron-in-Chief.

They're saying that those of us who're reacting to the president's remarks in last Friday's press conference -- those of us who can't stop laughing at trump's stupidity, in particular -- believe he expressly told Americans to chug, inject or bathe in Clorox.

It's pretty funny stuff.

They are, of course, missing the point entirely. None of us who don't like the president are saying he told people to ingest or shoot up disinfectant.

But we are 100% certain that he asked Dr Birx if she and the other scientists who are advising the country while the pandemic is raging would look into it because he thought it might work.

Anyone who sees the video of exactly what he said and still thinks he didn't do that are simply too partisan to acknowledge the truth.

Here is exactly what trump said:

"And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in 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. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful."

Trump supporters need to stop knocking down a straw man with their "you're claiming trump told people to drink or shoot up Clorox" assertion.

We are not saying that. No one in the media has said that. We're saying that trump thought the disinfectant angle could work and that he wanted the scientists who study such things to look into it. That is extremely clear in the video, which I've seen three times.

And yes, it's entirely appropriate that we talk and post and blog about how very, very stupid trump is to have thought that such a thing could work and that competent scientists should investigate it.

It's way past time for the right wing talking heads and trump supporters in general to stop spreading the lie that we're claiming trump told people to drink or shoot up disinfectant or squirt Lysol up their asses.

Our mind-numbingly stupid president really, truly did think getting disinfectant into the bodies of people who're sick with the virus might be a good treatment and his lying, sycophantic supporters need to set aside their feeble defenses of this moron and start putting together a workable plan to get off the trump train.

More on how this incident is very similar to other insane things trump has said in other situations is coming in the next post. That post will also lay out in some detail why so many Americans -- including Yours Truly -- oppose trump with such vehemence.

"Bulldog Ben" Basile

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