Blogger George Rebane, a towering intellect among local conservatives, rants regularly about the ignorance and shakey thinking of progressives, making them susceptible to the siren song of socialist and communist tyrants.
The implication here is that conservatives are better informed, smarter and rational about the ideology they embrace. Really?
After learning Thursday that heat and sun light probably kill the coronavirus, Donald Trump speculated on the use of disinfectants to treat the virus in humans. As he put it:
“I see the disinfectant that 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? As you see it gets in the lungs. It does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
Nobody would be stupid enough to do something like that, would they? Well, just to be on the safe side, the manufacturer of Lysol disinfectant issued a statement warning that “under no circumstances should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).” The EPA issued a similar warning.
The warnings were prompted by the reaction of Trump supporters when he started promoting the use of two malaria drugs as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Doctors reported that some patients with coronavirus symptoms demanded to be treated with the “Trump drug” or the “White House drug.”
A recent study of over 300 patients in VA hospitals showed the drugs are more likely to kill the patients than cure them. The drugs can be purchased over-the-counter and the FDA has warned that “serious poisoning and death” can occur if people use the drugs without a doctor’s supervision.
This shouldn’t be surprising since numerous polls show that as many as 37 percent of Republicans have a high degree of confidence in what Trump says at his daily briefings on the pandemic. Why wouldn’t they take his medical advice?
Meanwhile, here’s a patriot (you can tell he’s a patriot because he’s waving a big flag) showing his appreciation for our front-line medical professionals:
These are your people, George.