The headline above, courtesy of BuzzFeed, one of the minor members of the Democrat/”resistance”/ media collective currently dedicated to spreading misinformation to undermine the President’s leadership during a major crisis, alerts us to just how low these people—I say “these people” because they are not like me and hopefully not like you—will stoop for their political agenda.
That deceptive description is not a fair or accurate description of what happened. This is….
An Arizona couple dosed themselves with chloroquine phosphate believing it would protect them from becoming infected with the Wuhan virus. The man’s wife had told him that she had heard President Trump mention the drug as a possible treatment for the disease. What they swallowed, however, was not the medicinal form of chloroquine, which is used to treat malaria in humans. This form was an ingredient listed on a parasite treatment for fish.
The man died after being rushed to the hospital with symptoms of poisoning, and the wife is still in intensive care. She told NBC News she had watched briefings in which President Trump talked about the potential benefits of chloroquine. No drugs are approved to prevent or treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, but some preliminary research suggests it may be useful as therapy.
“We were afraid of getting sick,” she told reporters, so when she saw the same chemical listed on a solution she had previously to used to treat her goldfish, a dim metaphorical lightbulb flickered on in her panic-addled brain.
“I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?'” she explained. She told her husband, who hadn’t seen the briefing, and he evidently thought, “Well, sure! Let’s take the fish medicine! No need to chack with a doctor or even google the stuff! What a good idea!” They both mixed a small amount of the fish medicne with a liquid and drank it. Soon they became violently ill.
Now, goaded by the news media, she’s blaming her husband’s death on President Trump, since the alternatives were the goldfish or herself.
“Oh my God. Don’t take anything,” she told reporters. “Don’t believe anything. Don’t believe anything that the President says and his people, because they don’t know what they’re talking about.”
There is a lesson in this for the President, though not one he is likely to heed. He should not use briefing to lightly toss off hopeful developments regarding potential developments, because some Americans are unimaginably stupid, like these fools. Trump talked about the drug, and (of course) tweeted about it, but nobody should have to explain to adults of sound mind that taking the drug as a medical treatment with the guidance of a doctor is not the same as self-medicating with a fish tank additive that happens to include the drug.
On my personal tally, the husband’s death lags only behind the bizarre incident of about a decade ago as the most idiotic demise I’ve ever heard of. In the all-time winner, a man inadvertently sawed off his hand in a home workshop mishap. The pain was excruciating, and he recalled that he had read that one way to reduce pain from an injury in one part of the body was to inflict pain somewhere else. So, in a quick-thinking masterstroke, he took his nail gun and fired several nails into his skull. And it worked! His arm didn’t hurt as much! Unfortunately, the nails in his head killed him. The article he read never warned him of that.
Donald Trump wasn’t President then, so the news media had no alternative but to report that the man died of his own astoundingly terrible judgment.