It was exactly one year ago on Friday, when then-President Donald Trump delivered what may have been the craziest moments in presidential history.
As the country battled the coronavirus pandemic, Trump went on TV and delivered what could only be described as medical improvisation. He said government scientists would test a “very powerful light” inside the body to kill the virus, as well as a disinfectant taken “by injection” which would be “almost a cleanse”.
Trump later claimed he was “sarcastic,” despite making the remarks at a nationally televised press conference amid a pandemic. However, his comments were followed by an increase in accidental poisoning involving disinfectants such as bleach, which Dr Anthony Fauci, who was not at the press conference, later admitted he said. feared that would happen.
“I just said, ‘Oh, my God, my grace,'” Fauci told CNN in January. “I might just see what’s going to happen: you’re going to have people hearing this from the president and they’re going to start doing dangerous and stupid things.
Trump, however, denied any responsibility:
Trump’s comments prompted the makers of Lysol to warn “that under no circumstances should our disinfectants be administered into the human body by injection, ingestion or any other route.”
The moment also exploded on social media, became instant fodder for late-night shows, and caused a sensation in the Sarah Cooper comic:
A year later, Twitter users still couldn’t believe this had happened:
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