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The American Spark
“Drain-O Don’s” Coronavirus Remedy Making Followers Sick
By Cliff Montgomery - Apr. 29th, 2020
President Trump often feels the need to declare to no one in particular that he is a “very stable genius.” Such
unwarranted outbursts typically serve as a red flag - rather like the local man who continually blurts out that
he’s “never been near” where a missing girl was last seen.
It’s proof of a guilty conscience, if nothing else.
But now, “Drain-O Don” has given us a clear proof of why his conscience has felt such guilt for so many years.
On April 23rd, little Donny decided he was going to be one of the big boys, and show everyone that he can be
as serious as Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose intelligent, informed and adult demeanor when discussing the
Coronavirus with the American public has taken a lot of attention away from Drain-O Don in recent weeks.
At a press briefing that day, William Bryan - who serves as acting Under Secretary for Science and Tech-
nology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - stated that an area contaminated with the
Coronavirus might potentially be swept free of the disease via a thorough cleaning with disinfectants like
bleach or alcohol. Donny felt his time had come.
“And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside [the human body], or almost a cleaning?
Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be
interesting to check that,” the president of the Electoral College asked Bryan.
In fact, injecting rubbing alcohol or bleach into a human body “causes massive organ damage and the blood
cells in the body to basically burst,” declared Dr. Diane Calello, medical director for the New Jersey Poison
Information and Education System, to the New York Times.
“It can definitely be a fatal event,” added Dr. Calello.
As the New York Times has pointed out, Trump’s confused utterances “did not sound like the work of a doctor
[or of] a genius.”
They sound more like the ramblings of a man whose brain was recently injected with bleach.
The fallout was swift.
“In Maryland, so many callers flooded a health hot-line with questions,” declared the New York Times, “that
the state’s Emergency Management Agency had to issue a warning that ‘under no circumstances’ should any
disinfectant be taken to treat the coronavirus.”
“In Washington State, officials urged people not to consume laundry detergent capsules,” the Times
continued, adding that “across the country on Friday, health professionals sounded the alarm.”
“Even the makers of Clorox and Lysol pleaded with Americans not to inject or ingest their products,” pointed
out the Times.
But not all warnings were immediately heard or heeded.
“A man in Kansas consumed cleaning products over the weekend, according to a state health official,”
Business Insider stated yesterday, “days after President Trump floated the idea of possibly using disinfectants
as treatments for the coronavirus.”
“The Kansas Poison Control Center had seen a more than 40% increase in cases about cleaning products,”
added Business Insider, quoting figures offered at a Monday press briefing by Lee Norman, who serves as
Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Though Norman did not specifically mention Trump, the Kansas Health secretary told reporters that “a fellow
over the weekend ... drank a [cleaning] product because of the advice he’d received.”
“We’re doing what we can to counter-message against that kind of remedy,” continued Norman.
The Insider adds that “Norman did not specify the time frame over which the spike has occurred, or provide
details on the man’s condition.” But the time frame is frankly irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if a large number of
people had already ingested or injected such substances in an ignorant attempt to treat a frightening virus,
long before Trump made his statements on the matter. Such declarations from a respected institution like the
White House only add to the danger, pure and simple.
The response from Donald Trump on all this is one we’ve come to expect: He blamed everyone else for being
stupid enough to take him seriously.
“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” Trump has claimed
Of course even his description of the statements is clearly a lie: Trump directed his questions about
disinfectant directly to DHS science official William Bryan, during a press briefing and in full view of the White
House press corps and their cameras. One can check it out right here, on YouTube. Trump is not talking to
reporters at that moment; he is asking questions of Mr. Bryan.
One last point, which we at the American Spark feel must be made: If we even allow Trump the fantasy that
he was being “sarcastic” when he made his Drain-O and bleach remarks, he wasn’t pulling a fast one on
reporters. Like most Americans, we journalists know that taking such substances into your body will severely
hurt or kill you. Articles like this one provide ample proof of that knowledge.
No, Mr. Trump, you weren’t making fools of us - but you were making fools of those Americans who have
supported you for the last few years. They believed you, we didn’t.
We of course tried to tell them not to take your remarks seriously, but they won’t listen to us. You taught
them not to listen to us a long time ago. And now - whether you were being sarcastic or not - they’re paying
the price for believing in you.
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