Some people take Trump’s words to heart. That can be dangerous.

17 thoughts on “Some people take Trump’s words to heart. That can be dangerous.

  1. “Think of it as evolution in action.”

    And President Trump never suggested anyone inject or ingest cleaning supplies, he asked the doctors if disinfectants could be useful internally.

    Such as in nasal or bronchial lavage.

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    1. @Tabor

      You are correct that Trump’s “musings” were in the form of a question and assigning a task to the doctors. Funny, I did not hear him suggest either “nasal or bronchial lavage.” I DID hear him suggest “Injection.”

      Spinning Trump’s nonsense into something sensible is made even more difficult for folks like you who want to try when Trump himself has repeatedly claimed that he was merely being “sarcastic” and it was not a serious question at all. In that innermost heart of you where integrity and self-respect may live, how do you square THAT circle?

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      1. I think President Trump is used to suggesting whatever comes into his mind and delegating practical considerations to experts.

        As a businessman, that isn’t bad but he is not a lifelong politician and often bounces these idea around in public when it should have been done in private.

        His lack of political, skills is one of the things I like best about him. Hillary would not makes these unforced errors, but that is one of the things I don’t like about her.

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        1. @Tabor

          Well, there you have it. Incompetence is a good thing. Competence is a bad thing. Constant unforced errors only go to show how right you are to continue to support Trump.

          It is literally impossible to argue with such logic.

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          1. I find it mind boggling that any President would suggest taking actions that are clearly harmful/deadly (and incredibly stupid).

            To those who defend such nonsense I’d suggest listening to the the Maryland Governor (R) as he talks about the calls into emergency medical centers asking if injecting “disinfectants” is a good idea.

            “ 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.”

            A) he was dead serious

            B) he was addressing his medical expert

            C) he has lied about both (repeatedly)

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        2. Actually, Trump has stronger political skills than most novice politicians. He knows how to garner loyalty among his base, he knows the issue they are interested in and he repeats them over and over. Plus he is much more media savvy than most novice politicians. And he watches the polls very closely, making sure his message is in line with what is polling well.

          What he is lacking, which has been obvious from the start, is an understanding of our Constitution, his actual duties and responsibilities as president and intellectual curiosity about learning how to administer the executive branch. If he did not have the Senate in his pocket, he would not have been able to get anything done since his negotiating skills are based on promises, then reneging. That might have worked in his real estate deals with people who are invested, but not so much in politics.

          IMHO

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  2. I’m skeptical of Gov. Hogans’s remarks. As quoted, he says Maryland’s hotline calls concerned “injecting or ingesting” disinfectants. I suspect there were very few calls about injecting, since very few people have either the equipment or the inclination to inject themselves with anything. Concerns over ingestion, however, may well be up, since people are disinfecting their homes. Reason provides some perspective on the numbers:

    https://reason.com/2020/04/25/no-poison-control-calls-arent-suddenly-spiking-after-trumps-disinfectant-comments/

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    1. @Roberts

      As a point of order, Governor Hogan was referring to calls on their pandemic hotline asking about disinfectants. The Reason article refers to stories about poison hotlines. Maybe Governor Hogan was lying through his teeth, but it is not clear why he would do that.

      Anyhow, the Reason author scored some points with me when she wrote . . . “Critics of Donald Trump went to town—and rightfully so!—while supporters scrambled to settle on a defense (both “he didn’t really say that” and “he did but it was sarcasm” have been in play).”

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      1. RE: “As a point of order, Governor Hogan was referring to calls on their pandemic hotline asking about disinfectants.”

        As I said, he described the calls as concerning “injecting or ingesting” disinfectants. I don’t accuse the Gov. of “lying through his teeth,” (your straw man), but of making an ambiguous statement.

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        1. @Roberts

          “Straw man?”

          LOL!

          You wrote “I’m skeptical of Gov. Hogans’s remarks.” Followed by a link to a story about a different phenomena (calls to poison centers) that implied that Hogan was exaggerating.

          There was no “straw man.” I simply expressed the message you were conveying in plainer language. An apparently false message since there is no reason to believe the Governor was lying about inquiries on their pandemic hot line.

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      2. It is so like this regime to come up with shifting excuses when actions and words are questioned.

        The Comey firing went from a scripted letter about his incompetence to “it was all about the Russia thing”.

        The Iranian general’s assassination had about 5 differing stories starting with imminent attack and ending with he was a bad dude anyway.

        Of course this virus “cure” fiasco is a classic example of shifting stories.

        Eventually this catches up to someone. And it also explains why Trump’s approval rating never changes.

        “You can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time.” Just that explains our Gingrich inspired partisan divide and its intended consequences.

        But it does follow the agenda of keeping Americans confused so they won’t know who or what to believe. Leslie Stahl was on the money in 2016.

        And the naked drum major marches on as the tuba player tries to shield the exposed butt from the spectators.

        IMHO

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        1. RE: “It is so like this regime to come up with shifting excuses when actions and words are questioned.”

          What “shifting excuses” are you referring to?

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          1. I enumerated them in the post.

            As far as the disinfectant imbroglio, we heard that it was out of context, that he was being sarcastic, that he was answering a reporter…all of which are false and shown to be so by the video and full transcript.

            A simple “the President was thinking out loud about what kills a virus and could it be applied to humans”. This explanation came days later from sources friendly to the administration, but not part of it.

            This reminds me of the fiasco regarding the hurricane tracking map last year. A simple “the president was given old data by mistake” followed by a chuckle and apology for alarming Alabamians unnecessarily.

            Simple, straightforward and we move on.

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