Boy, am I ever sick of these stories.
The pattern is so familiar its completely familiar and would be boring if it weren’t so annoying. President Trump ad-libs something that popped into his head, using his unique stream of consciousness/if James Joyce had a 1000 word vocabulary version of communication. The news media rushes to interpret it in the most negative way possible, and reports that as what he both said and meant. Democrats, “the resistance” and especially social media addicts who barely have vocabularies over 1000 words themselves rush to say and write that the President is a Nazi, or racist, or moron, based on the deliberately misleading reports by people starting from the assumption that he is all three….the essence of confirmation bias.
Then people like me, being reasonable, public spirited and unbiased, point out that this is not a fair interpretation of what he said, whereupon such people are attacked as enablers of Nazis, racists and fools. Even after the original report is shown to be malicious fake news or close to it (my position is that if it’s almost fake news, it’s fake news), politicians, and unscrupulous pundits like Joe Scarborough, and your Trump Deranged friends and mine continue to repeat them. The President said that the white supremacists were “good people.” He said that Mexicans were rapists. He said the Wuhan virus was a hoax. Now, thanks to yesterday’s blather, they will be saying that he told people to “inject” or drink bleach and disinfectant as a cure for the virus.
This new canard comes from yesterday’s bizarre pandemic briefing, and by that I mean more bizarre than usual. Before musing about the potential of surface cleaners for medical purposes, the President waxed optimistic about the uses of light and heat:
So, supposedly when we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting, right?
Yeah, whatever, Mr. President. Great to see you’re thinking out of the box, just like Samuel Goodyear when he tried to make vulcanized rubber by mixing in cream cheese.
Then, in the same riff, he gave us this…
And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in 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, so it’d be interesting to check that so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.
Let’s stipulate that President Trump, and no President, in fact no elected official, in fact nobody who has access to mass communication, should speculate on such things, in public, over live TV, for all the obvious reasons that are somehow not obvious to him after all this time (or they are, and he just doesn’t care). It makes him sound like an admirably curious kindergartner who might grow up to cure the common cold with a cream cheese derivative. Some idiot might decided that it would be a cool idea to swallow a lit flashlight. And most of all, the Axis of Unethical Conduct (Democrats, the “resistance”, and the mainstream media) will leap on it like the 49ers on a loose football and use it to advance a Big Lie forever. The President is a victim of unprofessional, vicious, dishonest conduct fueled by hate, but in this he is like beautiful woman in a revealing ensemble walking alone down a dark alley in a bad neighborhood where she has already been sexually assaulted repeatedly. He is still substantially responsible for his fate, just as the woman is when she is sexually assaulted again.
That does not make the conduct of the rapist any less reprehensible. Similarly, the conduct of those deliberately misrepresenting what the President said yesterday is not mitigated because the President has a flat learning curve.