Lysol maker Reckitt Benckiser (RB) is warning consumers not to inject or ingest disinfectant after President Donald Trump asked about the possibility of doing so during his Thursday press briefing.
The manufacturer did not mention Trump in a Friday statement, but said that because of “speculation and social media activity,” they had been asked whether disinfectants could be used internally to treat coronavirus.
“Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the statement read. RB also urged consumers to “read the label and safety information.”
Trump asked a question
During the briefing, Undersecretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security William Bryan shared the results of studies about how heat, light and isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol affected the coronavirus.
After the presentation, Trump asked whether scientists could figure out a way to use disinfectants to “clean” someone’s body “by injection inside or almost a cleaning.” None of the scientists or health experts present said that such a thing was possible or advisable.
But since facts don’t matter to the liberal media, Friday headlines made it appear like Trump was telling people to inject themselves with Lysol.
The BBC, USA Today, NBC News, the UK Daily Mail, New York Magazine, and RealClearPolitics are just some of the media outlets that said Trump “suggested” injecting disinfectant, which is a blatant twisting of what actually happened in the briefing.
Media reaction to blame, not Trump
Immediately, social media users began suggesting that it was Trump’s fault if someone decided to inject themselves with disinfectant. No doubt it was this that prompted the questions to RB that led them to release a statement disavowing the practice.
Thanks to Trump, a warning had to be issued! The man is dangerous, not fit for office, and should be removed before he kills someone!
“Lysol and Dettol manufacturer tells customers not to inject disinfectants as possible treatment for COVID-19” https://t.co/u2GpiFheI5
— Matt Horwell (@mhorwell) April 24, 2020
How can it be Trump’s fault if someone takes a suggestion he never made in the first place?
Far from being Trump’s fault if someone decides to use products in this way, the situation only shows how ridiculously biased the media is against him and how they continuously misconstrue everything he says to show him in the worst possible light.
I think if anyone does inject themselves with disinfectant, it’s the media’s fault for putting words in his mouth and erroneously-but-purposefully twisting his question into a “suggestion.” Shame on the media for doing this yet again!