We don’t have a media anymore, we just have partisan hacks attacking the President.
On Thursday, William N. Bryan, the acting undersecretary for the science office in the Department of Homeland Security, gave a presentation about how sunlight affects the coronavirus.
After the presentation, President Trump came up, and clumsily asked some questions about UV light and disinfectants. The left and the Media(D) went apoplectic.
The leftist Twitterati journos went bat-guano crazy.
Please don't inject or consume disinfectants.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 23, 2020
Dr. Birx’s reaction to Trump’s UV light and disinfectant comments. pic.twitter.com/ovTwtwUkSt
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) April 24, 2020
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Idiot Alchemist Donald Trump Says Sun and Bleach Will Save You https://t.co/YZHOIStdhD
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 24, 2020
How long before the Trump campaign website is hawking a “body-penetrating-UV-light-machine-that-will-kill-the-COVID.” Of course, if that doesn’t work, the website also will offer a premium line of Ivanka designer coffins. https://t.co/TWtKkxMG6V
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 24, 2020
Trump wonders whether doctors can "put the light inside the body" to kill the virus.
How the hell does he think that'll work? The virus is in the bloodstream. Does he think there's just one organism somewhere and once you find it, you can kill it with UV light? Holy hell.
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) April 23, 2020
Did President Trump just say that NBACC is working on a way to get UV light "into the body"? Like the anti-vampire bullets from Blade?
— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) April 23, 2020
If there is a way to take it negatively, you know that CNN is right on top of it.
CNN has become so reliant on strawman arguments that they even use them when they don't need them. It's apparently the only way they even know how to operate anymore: pic.twitter.com/tzhElN2h7Y
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) April 24, 2020
Here’s COVID Chris mocking President Trump’s statement and going nuts at a strawman argument.
"The study was about surfaces and what kind of light or other type of treatments and different media you could use to affect viruses on surfaces, not in the human body." – CNN's @ChrisCuomo on President Trump suggesting injections of UV lights or disinfectants to kill Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/ZRDEay01BB
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 24, 2020
FYI, Chris Cuomo’s wife, Cristina, posted their “Corona Protocol” on her blog Purist, and boy, oh boy, is it weird! Along with the expected organic foods, an expensive array of vitamins and supplements, and something called a “body charger” borrowed from a friend, it includes that she “added a 1/2 cup of Clorox” to her bathwater “to combat the radiation and metals in my system and oxygenate it.” Even the Huffington Post thought that this was a very bad idea.
So, spare me the outrage that it’s Trump that is spouting crackpot theories.
There’s a whole lot of crackpot theory to go around.
But conservatives on Twitter came to Trump’s defense–sort of.
Yeah, it was ridiculous. But two, the media treating this as if he was encouraging people to do it was just as ridiculous. And three, his core supporters claiming he never asked the question is also really ridiculous. It happened. It was ridiculous. It was not a big deal.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 24, 2020
Yes, watching the clip numerous times and honestly reviewing it totally must mean I'm a super duper MAGA supporter. 🙄 (Except I'm not.)
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) April 24, 2020
Seriously, his wording was pretty awkward, but in no way did he say inject household cleaners into your bloodstream.
But, it turns out that President Trump was right about the light if not about the disinfectant.
Here’s the non-meme AYTU Healight information video.
Trump “clarified” his statement today, and–well, it wasn’t a great defense.
#BREAKING: President Trump says remarks about heat, light, disinfectant were sarcastic: "I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen." https://t.co/lPysHfFKBb pic.twitter.com/mtY7dZgNnj
— The Hill (@thehill) April 24, 2020
I like Trump, but this isn’t a great defense. It clearly wasn’t a sarcastic question to a lefty journalist. We’ve all seen the clip. He was clearly posing the question to Bill Bryan and/or Dr. Birx.
But then, Trump doesn’t admit that he’s wrong. Should we expect him to start doing it now?
If the partisan press wasn’t 99% negative in their coverage of the President, I’d be a little more vociferous in calling him out for it.
Besides, he is right about the UV light therapy and he made the journos look like a bunch of dunderheads, and I’m all for that.