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The Trump Administration has gone into the Jim Jones stage of culthood

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Earlier today, Donald Trump publicly suggested that those infected with the coronavirus COVID-19 inject bleach and other disinfectants, which are commonly used to disinfect clothing and/or hard surfaces like tables and countertops:

President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested exploring disinfectants as a possible treatment for coronavirus infections — an extremely dangerous proposition that medical experts warn could kill people.

After a Homeland Security official mentioned the ability of disinfectants like bleach to kill the coronavirus on surfaces, Trump remarked on the effectiveness.

“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 almost a cleaning?” Trump said during his daily briefing at the White House. “Because, you see, it gets on 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, but it sounds — it sounds interesting to me.”

What the President of the United States told COVID-19 patients to do is extremely dangerous and should never be attempted by anyone under any circumstances. This is a comparison that I hoped that I would never have to make, but Trump’s actions are comparable to Jim Jones ordering the Jonestown cult members to drink a cyanide-laced beverage. I hope that not a single American takes Trump’s advice.

This is not the first time that Trump has promoted extremely dangerous medical quackery during the COVID-19 pandemic, and, sadly, it probably won’t be the last.