On January 29th, 2020, President Trump established the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Since that date, his experts have held hundreds of hours of internal and public coronavirus briefings. Main objective is: Inform public, stay engaged, calm fears, and report progress.
The exhaustive combination of private updates, daily dialogue with medical experts, governors, and international leaders, together with information-push briefings, led even Dr. Anthony Fauci (NIH) to call the process “very draining.”
Meantime media, clamoring like ill-mannered children, have more time than expected. Half want to block presidential coverage, and the other half hopes to get famous by disparaging him.
All this hit a high note April 23rd, in a White House press conference. Medical experts explained emerging options for testing, treating, and reducing infections and deaths, noting ultraviolent light and disinfectants killing the virus on surfaces. Simple enough.
President Trump leaned into the conversation – a non-doctor but chief executive. He spoke, perhaps too casually, about hopes for innovative medical responses, finding ways to preempt and arrest the virus, saving more lives and returning Americans sooner to work.
Specifically, referring to disinfectants on surfaces, he noted they “knock it (COVID-19) out in a minute.” He then did what normal people sometimes do. He mused, something presidents – particularly this one – get skewered for doing.
Trump rushed his thinking together, jumping from surface cleaning to wishing medical science could somehow find parallel means for cleaning blood, eviscerating this noxious virus in humans. He did not mean to suggest – and corrected his words – that common disinfectants should be used to clean blood.
Was he nuts? No, it was sloppy talk. The president speaks his mind before America, something many like. He is not a craven politician, calibrating every word for political advantage. He is blunt, often curt, sometimes offensive, and always a ready target for Democrat misinterpretation.
On that day, he got ahead of himself – with one line in hundreds of hours of trying to solve a crisis with our medical community, helping Americans remain confident, bringing them along with information, stilling worried hearts, and casually offering ideas and candor.
What was the reaction? Democrats uncaged their biting bias, and the media piled on. First, Democrat leaders and press deliberately misinterpreted, even after clarifications. Abandoning reason, they asserted he wanted Americans to inject themselves with bleach or alcohol. He made no such recommendation.
Increasingly neo-socialist House Speaker Nancy Pelosi jumped to pronounce the President “anti-science,” “anti-governance” (whatever that means), and said he was “asking people to inject Lysol into their lungs…” Hardly.
Mainstream reporters took bait and ran. CNN, ABC, MSNBC, and other liberal outlets spun stories, each intending to make use of misinterpretation – suggesting the president was responsible for unwittingly or thoughtlessly poisoning people.
Three other points pop. First, White House reporters and Democrats self-evidently believe they are smarter than the president. They think their “polish” outshines his authenticity. Maybe not.
One wonders what this self-righteous lot would do with plain-talking Democrat President Harry Truman or meandering, hard-to-follow Republican President Dwight Eisenhower.
Second, these left-leaners think America is just stupid – stupid to have elected Trump, stupid enough to inject themselves with disinfectants, stupid enough to buy assertions this president wanted them to do that.
Third, like it or not, the president muses aloud. As Dr. Brix noted on April 25th, referring to his remarks: “When he gets new information, he likes to talk it through out loud.” Trump confidently and sometimes too casually extemporizes, that is, muses before the nation.
One final observation. If the president was not misguided, what might have been on his mind – after hundreds of hours of medical briefs on immunology, hematology, and creative ways to beat COVID-19?
Maybe some distant remembering. Of course, no doctor – no reasoning American – would counsel injecting Lysol, but there is science on what medical authorities call “blood cleansing.”
Interestingly, the technique is used in “rare cases” where a person develops “sepsis.” As one publication reported: “Many coronavirus patients have died of sepsis — when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive.” (https://www.dw.com/en/sepsis-a-common-cause-of-death-from-coronavirus/a-52758193).
In short, “sepsis is your body’s toxic reaction to an infection … As your body’s immune system tries to fight the infection, it may go into overdrive and start attacking the body itself instead.” Interestingly, “any infection, including viral infections like … COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, can cause sepsis.” (https://www.sepsis.org/news/the-connection-between-covid-19-sepsis-and-sepsis-survivors/)
Rather than being nuts, maybe President Trump was recalling medical science tied to “blood cleansing” to beat sepsis, musing on whether this might have cross-application to COVID-19.
Medically approved means for “cleansing” blood do exist, such as dialysis. They assist the body in defeating blood toxins. Blood toxins can affect lungs, liver, kidney, and other organs. COVID-19, apparently like sepsis, is linked to inflammation and organ failure.
All of this is speculation, and President Trump has – in the public interest – been candid about what he does not know. He thinks aloud with Americans and should be credited for doing so.
Self-serving statements and misinterpretations by Pelosi, presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden, and the self-important White House Press Corps are unfair, unhelpful, and disingenuous.
We might all do better if we more often gave President Trump and his White House Coronavirus Task Force benefit of the doubt. When it comes to beating this virus, we are one team – and we should start acting that way.