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We’re way past simply, relentlessly pushing the use of a malaria medication as a cure-all for COVID-19.
That was bad enough.
Trump took his unsolicited medical advice to a other level of crazy Thursday, when he suggested the injection of unnamed disinfectants into the human body to cure COVID-19.
“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,” Trump said from the presidential podium, just getting warmed up. “And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you were going to test that, too. Sounds interesting. And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. 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’ll be interesting to check that. So that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me. So we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it goes in one minute, that’s pretty powerful.”
The emphasis is mine. Make no mistake: what Trump just proposed is completely deadly.
And Trump’s “recommendation” was taken seriously enough for numerous physicians and disinfectant makers had to come out afterwards and contradict the president of the United States for the sake of public health and safety.
That’s not only unprecedented, that’s scary.
If Vice President Pence or other members of the Trump Cabinet were reticent before to use Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, to remove Trump from office, now that the president is recommending steps to the American people that will lead to their deaths there should no longer be any such reluctance.
The truth is that, for whatever reason, Trump is able to bring a sad minority of Americans along with him to follow wherever he goes.
It is from this minority that people would be likely to listen to Trump’s ghoulish ministrations and perhaps ultimately lose their lives.
Aside from the 25th Amendment, if anyone loses their life following Trump’s deadly advice, the loved ones they leave behind should organize a class action suit against the president.
And, of course, once Trump’s out of office, President Biden’s Justice Department should indict Trump for, at least, negligent manslaughter.
Trump’s behavior has not only eviscerated a norm, it’s certainly become violently criminal.
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