US President Donald Trump has been dominated social media conversations around the world after his recent coronavirus briefing went viral, where he suggested that sunlight and injecting disinfectants could be a possible cure for Covid-19.
As medical professionals were quick to denounce his claims and issued warnings to people “not to drink bleach” and “inject disinfectant” or get themselves “exposed to UV lights for prolong”, netizens were quickly to come up with spoof videos and memes to slam the politician. One parody video by comedian Sarah Cooper went viral on social media, with people lauding her for nailing the Trump impression.
How to medical pic.twitter.com/0EDqJcy38p
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) April 24, 2020
As Trump’s ideas set social media abuzz, the American Cleaning Institute, an group representing the US cleaning products industry, said in a statement, “Disinfectants are meant to kill germs or viruses on hard surfaces. Under no circumstances should they ever be used on one’s skin, ingested or injected internally.”
Reckitt Benckiser, the company that manufactures the household disinfectants Dettol and Lysol, issued a statement warning people not to ingest or inject its products. However, that didn’t stop people from sharing memes and jokes online trolling POTUS. After he said he was just being sarcastic, #TrumpIsALaughingStock started trending on Twitter with people sharing memes and GIFs slamming him for his remark.
After his initial comment #InjectDisfectant, #Lysol, #Dettol and #Clorox dominated social media trends with netizens ruthlessly ridiculing the US President for suggestion that injections of disinfectants could be used to treat the virus.
— dezcom (@dezcom) April 25, 2020
Coronavirus Cocktail (Trump’s favorite recipe).
* 2 parts Lysol
* 1 part Pine-Sol
* 4 drops fresh bleach
Stir, don’t shake, then gently add 1 olive.#TrumpIsALaughingStock
P.S. To all MAGAts: This is sarcasm. Don’t try this at home. pic.twitter.com/WArtzJF6ep
— She_Persisted (@Impeach_Cheeto) April 25, 2020
— San (@CityCamo) April 25, 2020
— wanted in 50 states (@wantedn50states) April 25, 2020
— Alicia Morales (@AliciaLidia) April 25, 2020
— Root, Ezroo and 36 others (@root_Ezroo) April 24, 2020
“Let them eat Clorox” pic.twitter.com/qlZtVJQzed
— JushForLife (@jush_for_fun) April 24, 2020
What kind of cheese do you pair with a rare bottle of ‘08 Lysol?
— katie morri$$ey (@KatieMoNYC) April 24, 2020
— Jim Jordan’s Missing Jacket 😷 (@JimJordanJacket) April 24, 2020
So Trump finally has his Jim Jones moment after suggesting injecting #disinfectant such as Lysol and #Clorox to kill corona. Any surprise here, given he has been leading a cult for the last 4 years. pic.twitter.com/C3mL03BpCH
— Denise 🇯🇲🇨🇦 (@browncdngirl) April 24, 2020
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 24, 2020
— Dr. ReeterMcKeeter (@laTejana33) April 24, 2020
— Caprice 🦋 (@MsHollywood081) April 24, 2020
“HAVE YOU INJECTED YOUR DETTOL TODAY?” pic.twitter.com/mWEXSv83Lq
— Sorcha Ní Nia (@Luiseach) April 24, 2020
— anfield memorabilia 🌈#NHS❤️ (@kopmemorabilia) April 24, 2020
— Matt Johnson (@HotPockets4All) April 24, 2020
— A Bartlett Photo (@PhotoBartlett) April 24, 2020
— Coonster (@hibeesfamily) April 24, 2020
— Pizopop (@pizopop) April 24, 2020
— Carmen Cruz (@TheCarmenCruz) April 24, 2020
— The End is Near. (@MiladFar1990) April 24, 2020
— Jen (@jen150300) April 24, 2020
The White House hit back on Friday accusing the media of taking the president’s bizarre comments “out of context” and sensationalising them. “President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing,” New White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines,: it added.
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