Dr. Birx hits Sunday shows fully ready for ignorant gotcha questions on Trump’s ‘disinfectant’ remark


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Democrats and their elitist media enablers continue to push the dishonest narrative that President Trump was advocating for people to ingest a cleaning and disinfecting product like Lysol to counter the coronavirus.

Twisting his words to the point of ridiculousness, the narrative was widely picked up by media outlets in the quest to paint the president as a bumbling idiot — which is an ongoing campaign that began before Trump ever took office.

The maneuver is so over the top that White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx called the media out for it during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

After playing a deceptively edited clip of the president’s remarks, anchor Jake Tapper asked what can easily be seen as an ignorant question: “What should the American people know about disinfectants in the human body?”

“That was a dialogue he was having between the Department of Homeland Security scientists and himself for information that he had received and he was discussing,” she explained to Tapper.

“We have made it clear, and when he turned to me, I made it clear and he understood that it was not as a treatment. And I think that kind of dialogue will happen,” Dr. Birx said. “I think what got lost in there, which is very unfortunate in what happened next, is that study was critically important for the American people.”

The study she is referring to is the impact sunlight has on the coronavirus, as well as heat and humidity —  Trump was talking about powerful ultraviolet light being used as a possible deterrent to the virus, referring to it as a “disinfectant.”

With the November election fast approaching, Tapper was determined to score points against the president and continued to misrepresent his meaning.

“[Trump] was talking about ways to take that science and somehow turn it into injecting UV light or disinfectants into the human body which, as you know, especially with disinfectants, can be lethal,” Tapper said. “And the CDC had to issue a statement, Lysol had to issue a statement.”

Pressing on the matter he tried his best to drive a wedge between Birx and Trump.

“I understand that you’re taking a generous approach to this when it comes to President Trump musing aloud, but this is potentially dangerous,” Tapper continued. “Poison control centers got calls from people and they had to issue statements saying do not internally use disinfectants. As a doctor, doesn’t that bother you that you have to spend any time discussing this?”

“Well, I think it bothers me that this is still in the news cycle,” Birx said. “Because I think we’re missing the bigger pieces of what we need to be doing as an American people to continue to protect one another, and we should be having that dialogue…”

Speaking of trying to drive a wedge between the president and members of the White House coronavirus task force, NBC’s Chuck Todd did his level best to accomplish this when Birx appeared on “Meet the Press.”

Todd also misrepresented what he termed “disinfectant injections,” asking the doctor if she’s “concerned that people might take bleach because of what the president said.”

Again, Birx referred to the study on the effects of sunlight on the virus.

Todd set himself up to ask, “Are you concerned the credibility of the scientists on the task force gets undermined when the president now with bleach — obviously, you can’t do that — and Hydroxychloroquine, where the FDA had to put out a statement. I mean, is this undermining the credibility of you and Dr. Fauci and other scientists?”

Unfortunately for Todd and his quest to undermine the president, Birx rose above the media’s petty agenda to talk about the important work being done.

“I think all of us are very clear, and very clear in our discussions with the American people how we’re looking and utilizing data to drive decision-making within the task force,” she said. “Every day, about 2:30 in the morning, I get every single piece of data coming in from every county where we triangulate where is the virus moving, how are people responding to the virus, are we considering absolutely everything to protect American people, and triangulating that data to come up with that day’s work. Where should PPE go? Where should we be talking with governors about a recent outbreak? How do we protect individuals that are in essential services? This is the discussion of the task force, and the physicians and the individuals involved in the task force are every day focused on what’s the most recent scientific evidence.”

In what came across like a parting shot at Birx, as if she was not allowed to formulate her own thoughts, Todd closed the segment by saying, “I appreciate you coming on and sharing the administration’s view. Stay safe and healthy yourself.”

 

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.

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