Since quite a few people from countries around the world visit this blog, I decided to put this post here rather than on one of my other blogs, Salem Political Snark and HinesSight.
I'm doing this out of a cry for help. Not a prayer, because I don't believe in God. Just a request that wherever you are in the world, send some kind thoughts in the direction of the United States.
I ask for this because today it became clearer than ever -- and believe me, it was exceedingly clear before -- that our president, Donald Trump, is the dumbest, most clueless, and incompetent leader of any major country in the world.
And probably I should have left out that qualifier, "major."
So what did Trump do today that surpassed all of his preceding cringe-worthy statements? At the daily White House coronavirus briefing, our Idiot-in-Chief suggested in all seriousness that a COVID-19 infection could be treated by somehow injecting light and disinfectant inside the body.
No, Trump wasn't making a joke. Nor is this a satire from The Onion, though The Onion did just publish a piece along the same line, "Potentially Promising Covid-19 Vaccine Hits Roadblock After Testing Reveals It's Just Shotgun."
See for yourself. (At about the 1:40 mark.)
NBC News has a story about this newest Trumpian insanity: Trump suggests 'injection' of disinfectant to beat coronavirus and 'clean' the lungs.
President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of an "injection" of disinfectant into a person infected with the coronavirus as a deterrent to the virus during his daily briefing Thursday.
Trump made the remark after Bill Bryan, who leads the Department of Homeland Security's science and technology division, gave a presentation on research his team has conducted that shows that the virus doesn't live as long in warmer and more humid temperatures. Bryan said, "The virus dies quickest in sunlight," leaving Trump to wonder whether you could bring the light "inside the body."
"So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it's ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn't been checked because of the testing," Trump said, speaking to Bryan during the briefing. "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're going to test that, too."
He added: "I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that."
...Medical professionals, including Dr. Vin Gupta, a pulmonologist, global health policy expert and an NBC News and MSNBC contributor. were quick to challenge the president's "improper health messaging."
“This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous," said Gupta. "It’s a common method that people utilize when they want to kill themselves."
The president has repeatedly touted unproven treatments during the daily briefings on COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus. For instance, he has touted hydroxychloroquine as a potential "game changer," but health officials have strongly cautioned against it.
What's almost as scary as Trump's astoundingly loose grip on reality is what I heard a Democratic pollster saying on MSNBC after the White House briefing. He didn't think that the 43% or so of Americans who approve of Trump would have their faith in him lessened by his notion of using disinfectant to do "almost a cleansing" of lungs infected with coronavirus.
People who embrace blind faith don't see what is really going on. This is as true for political blind faith as for religious blind faith.