We’ve officially lost it pic.twitter.com/Sm6dcDFE5G
— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) April 23, 2020
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) April 23, 2020
The U.S. House passed a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill to fund small businesses and hospitals, pushing the total spending to address the crisis to an unprecedented near $3 trillion https://t.co/V8mhvE0bug
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 24, 2020
I hate doing this to you guys, first thing in the morning, but it’s kinda an important (unavoidable) topic [Oval Office Occupant warning]…
President Trump appears to be openly mulling coronavirus treatments that could cause people to poison themselves, and has a record of deflecting from the reality of the virus to peddle optimism that may not be matched by facts | Analysis by @stcollinson https://t.co/hdfbdj6uAg
— CNN (@CNN) April 24, 2020
… In an eye-popping moment, Trump doubled down on his claim that sunlight and the festering humidity of high summer could purge the virus in his latest grab for a game-changer therapy.
Then, he asked aides on camera whether zapping patients with light or injecting disinfectant into the lungs to clean sick patients from inside could cure them of the disease.
“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 who has a good you-know-what,” Trump said, pointing to his head…
The President spent little time at his daily briefing explaining his thinking on how he might safely pilot the nation out of this crisis, instead reaching for a new narrative more hopeful than the grim reality in his latest example of “miracle” thinking on how to beat the pandemic.
He called upon William Bryan, acting director of the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology directorate, to unveil research into the coronavirus’s susceptibility to heat and light.
Bryan presented data showing that in some circumstances sunlight can reduce the half-life of the virus on a surface or in the air from 18 hours to less than two minutes.
“That’s how much of an impact U.V. rays has on the virus,” Bryan said. He also spoke about how effective bleach and other disinfectants could be at eradicating the pathogen in areas that were not exposed to sunlight in interesting research that could help Americans understand how to clean surfaces.
But Trump, who appeared fascinated by the possibilities, posed a question of entirely different magnitude: “Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light … supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do, either through the skin or in some other way?” Trump asked, possibly thinking of an analogy to radiation treatment, which can be used to treat cancers…
Seeing a lot of people suggesting that Trump is going to get people killed by talking about bleach.
No need for the future tense!
The president is getting Americans killed right now — and yesterday, and tomorrow — by not dealing with the crisis.
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) April 23, 2020
"I'm the president and you're fake news" — Trump to @PhilipRucker after he asks him if it's responsible to make all sorts of wacky and unproven suggestions about possible coronavirus treatments pic.twitter.com/8ag4izDrGj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2020
"I am the president and you are fake news!"
This is an almost verbatim translation of the famous Russian saying, "I am the boss, you are an idiot."
Trump may put a lot of stock in where a person was born, but he himself was definitely born in a wrong country.
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) April 23, 2020
— George Weighton (@GeorgeWeighton) April 24, 2020