NO, President Trump Did NOT “Suggest Injecting Disinfectant.”

Misleading Headlines

Trump Did NOT Advise Americans To Consider Injecting Disinfectant, Despite Headline Claims

People all over the United States have taken action to combat what many are calling misrepresentation of the president’s words during a White House brief earlier this week. Several outlets in the mainstream media published misleading headlines proposing that President Trump would have the American people to inject or ingest disinfectants like Lysol or bleach.

The outrage has stemmed from countless U.S. citizens who say media outlets should be held accountable for misleading headlines and stories. Many people believe these false narratives are dangerous in and of themselves. If fact, some have made public declarations stating that anyone who is misled by the negligent headlines and unintentionally harms themselves as a result of the erroneous reporting should have legal recourse to hold the media outlet liable.

What Did He Really Say?

The original story was born from a five to ten second soundbite of a conversation between President Trump and Bill Bryan, head of DHS Science and Technology and part of the White House COVID-19 task force. Mr. Bryan shared about the research being done to help combat COVID-19, and mentioned some promising findings as they pertained to disinfectants and UV light. Once Mr. Bryan had completed his statements, he returned to his seat and the following ensued:

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  So I asked Bill a question that probably some of you are thinking of, if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting.  So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it.  And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that too.  It sounds interesting.

ACTING UNDER SECRETARY BRYAN:  We’ll get to the right folks who could.

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.  And then I see the disinfectant, where it 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.  Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs.  So it would be interesting to check that.  So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with.  But it sounds — it sounds interesting to me.

So we’ll see.  But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s — that’s pretty powerful.

(Source: WhiteHouse.gov, briefing transcript, Issued on: April 23, 2020)

It’s clear from the transcript (and the live video feed) that the President made no suggestion to the American people about injecting disinfectant or ingesting bleach. Instead, the president questioned various potential research avenues in an off-the-cuff manner.

In combating the media fallout, Trump said that he was “of course not” suggesting Americans should inject or ingest disinfectant and said that his statement was posed in the form of a question, somewhat sarcastically, to a group of “extremely hostile people” which he called “the fake news media.”  Whether or not the president was actually being sarcastic has become yet another point for debate and media fodder.

What Are Voters Saying?

However, a growing number of people have taken to social media to question the media’s response to both the statement and their reporting of Trump’s subsequent reaction. In fact, there have been numerous retorts on social media drawing attention to the misrepresentation of his persona in the news. Others have come to the defense of his line of thought – including a few people who say injecting disinfectant isn’t a far fetched idea – and others still have suggested that the fallout is propaganda that should never have been considered newsworthy in the first place.

Here are a few of those public posts:

Fact Checking Trump

This response was penned by Stephanie Grutz: owner of Balance Integrative Health in Dubuque.

“I have to say something about this because I see it going around social media.

During the White House press conference this evening, a medical specialist spoke about COVID survival rates depending on exposure source, heat, humidity, sunlight and disinfecting agents. This guy did a great job going over these details (educating general public on half life, etc.).

When he was finished, Trump took the stage and mentioned Injecting light into veins since UV light is working on outside surfaces. Trump also talked about disinfects being used outside the body easily, questioning if there was a way to disinfect the inside of the cells.

I’m an independent voter, always have been. Definitely had had strong opinions about this current president. But, putting politics aside, his words made me literally jump up in excitement.

He had no idea that he was talking about therapies that are readily available in the USA and many other countries.

  1. First, when he talks about injecting UV light… YES! See my last photo and video of me doing just that a few months ago in Seattle at Advanced Medical Therapies.

IV laser light therapy helps repair mitochondria, fight pathogens, boost mood/energy, enhance the immune system and more. I did this light therapy with a specific IV protocol of nutrients and antibiotics while my body was preparing for a specific treatment.

  1. Second, when he spoke about finding a way to inject disinfectant into the body… YES! We do this all the time for integrative oncology. Literally, people receive hydrogen peroxide infusions along with their chemo/radiation protocols to help kill cancer cells. This hydrogen peroxide is obviously compounded by a specialty pharmacy, mixed with the correct solutions and protocols are followed. Yes, if you go buy a bottle of H202 and inject it straight into your veins you’ll die. Don’t do that.

Lastly, my favorite nutrient in the world…… Vitamin C. When Vitamin C is at high doses, it actually converts into H202 (hydrogen peroxide) within the cells. This is why it works SO well when we are using it with integrative oncology, chronic viral infections and more.

  1. Please don’t buy into the media hype. They want to get a rise out of you… makes their rating better and then they will keep producing more junk.”

 

Fact Checking TrumpFact Checking Media

Do The Facts Support The Media’s Headlines? Fact Checkers Say No.

In response to some of the public outcry, some media outlets have taken to posting clarifications and rebuttals, like this one from Breitbart.com.

And this one from the Daily Wire.

Others are taking the “meme” approach to voice their views:

   
Conclusion

At the end of the day, Trump’s statements were decidedly off-the-cuff, but he definitely did not propose injecting disinfectant. Instead, he deferred to “medical doctors” to figure out how to apply Dr. Bryant’s research.

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