Here is Dr. Birx's reaction when President Trump asks his science advisor to study using UV light on the human body and injecting disinfectant to fight the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/MVno5X7JMA— Daniel Lewis (@Daniel_Lewis3) April 24, 2020
Sometimes listening to Trump takes on a kind of surreal, trippy feeling, as if one weren't watching the actual elected president of the United States, but instead watching a very bad, very overt satire of one. I know I harp on the subject of his manifest density a lot, but it is deeply worrying to me that he performs stupidity fairly publicly and the people who surround him mostly either defend his stupidity or lie about what he actually said.
I mean, really. Windmill cancer. Buying Greenland. Nuking hurricanes. Injecting disinfectants or hitting people with a little UV radiation feels like it's all of a piece with his general lack of understanding of how things work. It's that thing he has (he thinks) called "common sense" after all. The people are infected, right? So just disinfect them. That's just science.
The rub is, even if it's explained to him it isn't good science, he'll double down on the product of his "very good brain." We're probably days away from him explaining "You can just take a little Lysol, or as I like to call it, lung sanitizer, and boom! It kills germs on contact. They're getting smarter, the germs, but not smarter than me." And his fiercest defenders will be onboard. After all, some of them are already taking a little bleach for the 'rona, anyways. After all, people bought and even ingested aquarium cleaner because Trump suggested a similar-sounding chemical could be effective (not proven, and recent studies do cast some doubt on it). Even though Trump is obviously not qualified to recommend a medical treatment, because he is both a) not a doctor and b) kind of godawful stupid.
The alliance of stupidity, fraud and bad faith never fail to shock me. And while I try to understand how people working with and within this Administration try to somewhat ameliorate things, and that given all we know of Trump's basic mode of operation, he does not stand for contradiction, maybe it might be healthier if people were a bit more direct about admitting, that, sweet jumping criminy, this guy is dangerously stupid.
UPDATE: In a tweet, The New York Times managed to bothsides drinking bleach:
That's not helping, people.