Pretty Much Everyone Is Dumbstruck By Trump’s New COVID ‘Cures’

Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx listens as President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on COVID-19 on April 20, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump left everybody stunned during his press conference on Thursday evening when he claimed that exposure to UV light and using disinfectant as a vaccine would cure COVID-19.

Trump’s own health expert on the White House coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, was visibly flabbergasted.

A close-up video of Birx in the background of the briefing showed the doctor blinking at Trump in total shock before staring off into the distance as he told America that injecting the many lethal chemicals found in disinfectant into the bloodstream ought to cure the virus.

The morning after #TidePodPresident and #DontDrinkBleach began trending on Twitter, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a not-so-subtle warning Friday against “administering any treatment/ medication to yourself or a loved one.”

Others were similarly shell-shocked by the President’s, uh, theory, including Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden and George Conway, the husband of White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway. Doctors and others also weighed in. And the parent company of Lysol, Reckitt Benckiser, had to warn consumers that their product does not, in fact, belong inside the human body.

Even Washington’s emergency management agency had to remind residents not to do what the President suggested:

And comedian Sarah Cooper had a pitch-perfect reenactment of Trump’s musings:

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  1. Pretty Much Everyone Is Dumbstruck By Trump’s New COVID ‘Cures’

    “Gobsmacked, thunderstruck, flabbergasted!”

    But some experts think it’s not that much more outlandish than Trump’s regular spew of nonsense.

  2. Avatar for jpc jpc says:

    This is not funny. The President is not mentally right - seriously. He needs to be replaced immediately - section 4, 25th amendment. Wow. This is just another example, but enough is enough. The Republican Party is allowing this to happen? Really? But then again, they have been silent on everything else, so they are complicit. Time for a big change…

  3. More like “dumbstruck” if you ask me, as in “struck dumb” as in “coulda said something but didn’t…”

    (I am, of course, referring to the “elegant” Dr Birx…”)

    Of course, we could go with the alternative interpretation — everybody around IMPOTUS checked whatever smarts they had in the lockbox when they climbed on the Klown Kar.

  4. Poison control call centers will be getting extra calls this weekend thanks to the orange menace. The media should be all over this.

  5. Any hints on dosing and cooking it up?
    I was looking at sharing my spike with some friends, but wanna make sure I got all the details down first.

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