We can think of 10 reasons to keep having these daily briefings. See them below.
Press conferences, White House briefings, the news, all in general have one main goal in common: to inform the people. While it’s a noble goal, just like in life, sometimes they fall short.
Sometimes, its just a small mistake like a confusing string of words mumbled together in the hopes of creating a meaningful sentence by the end (very Michael Scott-esque). But on the other hand, there are times when the words that are said carry disastrously harmful side-effects, for those who heed the words as gospel.
If you were fortunate enough to catch President Trumps White House briefing on April 24th, you may have caught a quite peculiar suggestion that you may not have even believed you heard right. While talking about current tests studying the effects of UV rays on the new coronavirus, Trump casually suggested studying the effectiveness of injecting people with disinfectant, as a treatment.
“…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…or almost a cleaning,” Trump said. Of course, this wasn’t just whimsical thinking from the POTUS, as he understands, “for that you’ll have to use medical doctors,” with regards to testing out his hypothesis.
Or was it just whimsical conjecture? Quickly playing damage control during a news conference from the Oval Office, Trump firmly emphasized his comments earlier in the day were purely sarcastic and only used to illicit a reaction from the media, as it has.
Well then, that settles it. Quite the prank, Mr. President. Maybe he is a very smart man after all. He, himself, admit’s “I’m not a doctor, but I’m like a person that has a good you know what.” Yes, Mr. President, you do have a good “you know what.”
Of course, not all the credit could unconditionally go to The Donald. After all, The Onion were a month ahead on this one. Back in March, they wrote a satirical (at the time) piece about a man buying one of every cleaning product in case Trump announced it was a cure to coronavirus. Lo and behold, here we are on April 24th, talking about injecting hand sanitizer to kill COVID-19. Sarcastically, of course.
The Onion may have gotten the early jump on the joke, but the President was still the star of all the internet memes, despite his clear-as-day sarcasm. Maybe it’s just his loving appeal that has made him so endeared by the memers.
1. Did someone say mocktail hour?
— GeddysPal (@GeddysPal) April 24, 2020
2. Fun for the entire family!
Now in Chewables pic.twitter.com/3SDEJ6cm3x
— Delores McEachern (@Delores275) April 24, 2020
3. But wait, no nevermind, IT'S ALL GONE
— Angry Leaf (@Angry_Leaf) April 24, 2020
4. Mmm, Pumpkin spice. But first, let me take a picture.
— UrbanCow (@Citystable) April 24, 2020
5. "Why didn't I think of that?" is definitely what they're thinking.
— Bhavna Pandit (@Bhavnapandit) April 24, 2020
6. It's refreshing to see some honest advertising.
It wonderful folks, we did an amazing job… pic.twitter.com/cQPAjL6GtR
— Andrew (@Elsenador_) April 24, 2020
7. What do you know, Biden?
— em (@emicrystal) April 24, 2020
8. I've seen him somewhere...
Trump appoints new head of HHS.#Lysol #Clorox #MrClean #TrumpIsNotADoctor #TrumpIsAMoron #TrumpIsALaughingStock #TrumpIsTheWORSTPresidentEVER #TrumpIsTheVirus #ElectAVirusExpectAPandemic #TrumpPressConference #TrumpIsKillingAmericans #TrumpLiesPeopleDie #Trump pic.twitter.com/jDJRjz6F4l
— Andrea Wikso (@kismet66) April 24, 2020
9. (takes casual step backwards)
— Freelance Nerf Herder 🌊 (@Kevin_Boyd_) April 24, 2020
10. But of course, USA is ALWAYS #1!
— Rains247 (@rains247) April 24, 2020