A photo (below) of a recently coronavirus-infected President Donald Trump – maskless and making his way to board Air Force One – is going viral on social media.
The photo, taken by New York Times photographer Doug Mills, shows the president nearly surrounded by his Secret Service detail, one of whom does not look happy.
On Sunday Trump falsely boasted he is “immune” from the deadly coronavirus, and has a “protective glow” after spending several days and nights at Walter Reed. Minutes ago Trump’s physician announced he has had one negative coronavirus test since contracting the virus.
The President is currently on his way to Sanford, Florida, where he will hold a MAGA rally Monday night despite not having tested negative.
Here’s what some are saying:
Everyone but President Trump is wearing a mask here. https://t.co/gQCnOuEY1g
— Mike Brest (@MikeBrestDC) October 12, 2020
The recklessness of Trump’s presidency, summarized in one unbelievable picture. https://t.co/PpCdlBilOR
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) October 12, 2020
Dude you have an IV bandage on your hand and are almost certainly still shedding coronavirus but go off https://t.co/45QwGOu1Pa
— Miles Kampf-Lassin (@MilesKLassin) October 12, 2020
Is the umbrella pattern the biohazard symbol https://t.co/3UnABPvIta
— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 12, 2020
wmd in human form https://t.co/lcgz71qC7p
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 12, 2020
He hasn’t produced a negative test and he’s not wearing a mask ???? https://t.co/xnAJq5vKRd
— Sara Pearl (@skenigsberg) October 12, 2020
Hey, Hey, Typhoid Trump How Many Innocent Support Staffers/Secret Service/Military Guards Did You Infect Today? https://t.co/JTKxAD80M0
— Rachel “The Doc” Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 (@RachelBitecofer) October 12, 2020
Everyone can SUCK MY GERMS, but if you think I’ll let MY FUCKING HAIR get wet, you’ve got another thing coming! https://t.co/oUYjixQvSD
— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@KagroX) October 12, 2020
Forcing these people to work for him like this is pure evil. https://t.co/0cxTk7VDFf
— thots and playas (@ThatElJefe) October 12, 2020
Trump just boarded Air Force One without a mask while sick with a disease that has infected nearly 8 million Americans and killed 215,000 https://t.co/Dh5gQJGy6G
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) October 12, 2020
— andrew (@andrewmunoz10) October 12, 2020
Wear a fucking mask. https://t.co/GiLfg9XMIw
— Dara Kass, MD (@darakass) October 12, 2020
Just wanna remind everyone that this selfish fuck still likely has covid and is requiring *everyone else* to wear a mask around him. https://t.co/pPqvgqR6H8
— Chris “no halloween name just vote early” Blundell (@ChrisBlundell) October 12, 2020
This is a perfect ode to his narcissistic personality. https://t.co/vg45eO54BX
— Rebecca Rynecki (@BeccaRBooks) October 12, 2020
This photo, or one telling a similar story, will one day be in textbooks. https://t.co/6IWHf9UnfK
— Marc Sherman (@marctsherman) October 12, 2020
— themightyrenegade (@mightyrenegade) October 12, 2020
Even if you have never read a single tweet or heard a single one of his Tinkerbell magical thinking lies – this photo alone tells you he cares about no one or nothing but himself. https://t.co/rAm5MTPAnp
— Katherine Fugate (@katherinefugate) October 12, 2020
Image:Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour via Flickr
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‘He Was Not Joking’: Internet Observes Anniversary of Trump Floating ‘Injection’ of Disinfectant to Kill COVID-19
It was around 6 PM on the 23rd of April, exactly six months ago to the day. President Donald Trump was pushing his anti-science, falsely optimistic spin on the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. He had been holding daily coronavirus task force briefings, but this would be the last one for a long time, because the President of the United State, on national television, encouraged the “injection” of disinfectant into the human body to kill the novel coronavirus.
To be fair, Trump was asking Dr. Deborah Birx to “check” on doing it, but they way he spoke made many believe injecting or injecting household cleansers could cure or even prevent contracting COVID-19.
“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out, in a minute,” Trump said from the White House press briefing room.. “Is there a way we can do something like that? By injection, inside, or almost a cleaning, ’cause you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. You’re going to have to use medical doctors, right? But it sounds interesting to me.”
The Washington Post’s JM Rieger reminds us of the anniversary:
Six months ago today:
“I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute…is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning…you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds interesting to me.”pic.twitter.com/kHAmUUi6RQ
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) October 23, 2020
Within minutes medical experts took to social media to urge Americans to not follow the President’s suggestion.
Please don’t drink bleach or isopropyl alcohol to remove #COVID19 from your saliva.
— Dara Kass, MD (@darakass) April 23, 2020
It wasn’t long before poison control centers would report a huge spike in cases, clearly a result of the President encouraging the dangerous, even potentially deadly use of readily-available chemicals that most Americans, petrified by the mass death from the pandemic, likely have in their homes already.
The makers of Lysol were forced to issue a statement, saying “we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).”
On Thursday, Trump claimed he had just been “joking,” which is false.
Americans today are remembering the dangerous stir Trump caused. Here’s how many are responding:
Does not sound like he’s joking
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) October 23, 2020
Trump claimed last night that he was joking when he suggested bleach “injection inside” the body might be a coronavirus treatment. Watch this clip and judge for yourself: https://t.co/vuUEGq6FyX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 23, 2020
Trump insists he was “kidding” about injecting disinfectant to treat Covid. Who does stand-up comedy during a pandemic press conference?
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) October 23, 2020
And again, he was not joking. https://t.co/xhxexAZYv3
— Josh Dorner (@JoshDorner) October 23, 2020
this is quite a bit worse than I remembered! https://t.co/k8JnkaORKv
— Lili Loofbourow (@Millicentsomer) October 23, 2020
I still don’t think he was being sarcastic. He was VERY serious. https://t.co/V9nct0dRlf
— Amber 😷 (@call210) October 23, 2020
South Korea at this time had implemented testing, traceback, isolation, etc.
S. Korea & the US both had their first Covid cases on 1-25.
S Korea 455
Our economy is on the brink, taxes will rise or services cut, in EVERY STATE.
And we had THIS: https://t.co/IlA2yWefzj
— NIK VENTURE (@NIK_VENTURE) October 23, 2020
For all we know, this could be his healthcare plan. 😱 https://t.co/zPaTHMaCPu
— LINDZEE (@WVUMAMA2) October 23, 2020
He was definitely not joking about the bleach…. https://t.co/Bg8n2gPERr
— Danielle L. McGuire (@dmcguire13) October 23, 2020
— Noelma Colon (@NolitaCannoli) October 23, 2020
He knew it was lethal, and more deadly than flu. He knew. And then, among other things, he said this. Publicly.
— Janet Daly (@janetweets) October 23, 2020
The White House is Pushing a Fraudulent Medical Petition to Let COVID-19 Run Rampant
Having basically surrendered to the coronavirus, Republican President Donald Trump has increasingly said that he’d like to stop focusing on COVID-19 prevention measures and instead go for “herd immunity.” The White House is even backing a petition signed by thousands of doctors around the world who support the idea.
The only problem: Many of the petition’s signers are fake, using names like “Dr. I.P. Freely, Dr. Person Fakename and Dr. Johnny Bananas,” according to TruthOut.org.
Herd immunity is a term often applied to widespread vaccine use, in this case means “allowing the virus to spread in the general population … so that allowing those least likely to be killed by the virus to return to normal life” while protecting those most vulnerable to the virus’ lethality.
While that might sound appealing, the Trump administration has shown how poorly it protects the most vulnerable—the lack of a national prevention strategy, widespread affordable testing, and Trump’s refusal to use the Defense Production Act to get manufacturers to make widely available personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers are just its most glaring failures.
Dr. Fauci says herd immunity through widespread infection—w/ vulnerable populations protected—is “really problematic.”
Up to 30% of the population is at risk and we're not suddenly able to magically protect them, he says.
“You’re going to wind up with a lot of dead people.” pic.twitter.com/BxIcqJitLh
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) October 16, 2020
To promote the idea, which Trump has repeatedly mentioned on the campaign trail, the White House has shared a petitioned called The Great Barrington Declaration, promoting the idea. However, anyone can sign the petition and declare themselves as a doctor, including people who work as massage therapists, psychotherapists and homeopaths, a practice with no proven medical benefits.
Furthermore, on Monday, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the herd immunity strategy “scientifically and ethically problematic” because scientists don’t know enough about how much immunity a person gains after catching COVID-19 and how long it lasts, especially since some people have been infected by the virus more than once.
“Letting the virus circulate unchecked therefore means allowing unnecessary infections, suffering and death,” he said.
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