What Trump Really Said About Disinfectants

What Trump Really Said About Disinfectants

(UnitedVoice.com) – After Thursday night’s coronavirus briefing, a media firestorm ensued claiming that President Trump suggested people should ingest disinfectants to cure themselves of COVID-19. Is that really what the president said? If you listen to the media, it sure is. However, a closer examination of his actual words reveals something very different.

Thursday’s briefing featured the head of science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bill Bryan. He shared how a study revealed that sunlight, high temperatures, and high humidity might affect COVID-19’s ability to survive outside of a host body. Towards the end of his presentation, a slide was displayed that said bleach and isopropyl alcohol work to kill the virus on surfaces. Bryan said the chemicals were very effective against COVID-19.

During question and answer time with the media, Trump was asked about disinfectant cleaners. He said there might be a way to “do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning.” That prompted questions about injecting isopropyl alcohol or bleach into a person. Bryan stated that he was there to talk about the study and that never happened in a lab.

Trump jumped in and said, “it wouldn’t be through injection. We’re talking about almost a latent sterilization of an area” and stationary objects.

Trump Never Suggested Ingesting Disinfectants

Trump is clearly being taken out of context by the media and his political opponents trying to score points. They are accusing him of suggesting people should inject themselves with disinfectants to cure themselves of COVID-19. It couldn’t be further from the truth.

Context is extremely important. For one, while Trump used the word “inject,” he was talking about using a potential discovery or process to control or even kill the virus. Much like chemo kills cancer cells. According to the Mayo Clinic, chemotherapy is a “drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in your body.”

History Is On The President’s Side

What about penicillin? It was accidentally discovered in 1928 when contaminated Petri dishes started killing bacteria while searching for a cure to influenza. They said it looked like “mold juice.” What if journalists in 1928 said, he’s asking us to drink “mold juice?” There goes a cure for bacterial diseases.

Trump repeatedly said he was not a doctor and that all patients should consult with their doctor about any treatments. But, that didn’t stop the media from attacking Trump for something he didn’t say. Apparently, no matter what Trump says, he risks being completely taken out of context to score cheap political points.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

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