Friday, April 24, 2020

People keep comparing the news of the day with dystopian fiction or that Trump’s special brand of jibber-jabber has an Orwellian cast to it. That ain’t so. For one, fiction has to have at least some sort of internal logic and make some kind of sense. Secondly, George Orwell had a much better ear for dialogue than the flap-doodle that oozes from the president’s word hole.

Okay. Well. Let’s go into detail about just what the dingy bastard said yesterday and what he didn’t. Make sure we’re all on the same page.  It’s important to be precise and accurate. It doesn’t make him look any better, but we’re way past that.

During one of his daily look-at-me briefings Trump has been holding because someone won’t let him hold his rallies, William Bryan noted they’d had some success killing coronavirus – in general, not particularly the one we’re dealing with now – using disinfectants and ultraviolet light as found in sunlight. Bryan is head of science for Homeland Security and while nothing he said about it is too out of the realm, for some reason it got the President of the United States of America extremely excited.

 Now Trump did not say that people who’re afflicted by COVID-19 or those that want to avoid it should ingest disinfectants or bake themselves with UV rays, the latter experts have long warned of their danger to them despite American’s continuing love of tanning beds. He did excitedly ask Bryan and Dr. Deborah Brix if it were possible to use this little bit of wisdom to fix everything. Some quotes:

“Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous – whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And I think you [Bryan] said that hasn’t been checked, but we’re going to test it. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, either through the skin or some other way.

“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? Because you it gets in the lungs and does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”

So, yeah, there’s the President of the United States of America. Both medical experts and companies like Lysol felt it necessary to tell the public that was a bad idea, because it is, the base believes the man is speaking the new Gospel. Probably saved some MAGA lives with that, bet y’all didn’t think of that.

Before the presser was over, the internet had roasted his stream-of-consciousness nonsense and the Base were already defending him in that we were all just misunderstanding him again. By this morning, they were emphasizing “he was just asking questions,” ignoring that doing so in front of the entire nation isn’t a good look and doesn’t inspire confidence.

By this afternoon’s gab session, Trump explained he was being “sarcastic”, making fun of the “fake news” trying to catch him out, showing that he also doesn’t understand what “sarcasm” is. After that, he bounced before taking any questions and it was announced he was going to scale back on these daily pressers. Someone got it through his thick head that looking increasingly unhinged, day after day, might not be the best look for his re-election chances.

Anyhow, that’s our president, friends and neighbors, and we’re in the middle of a pandemic that’ll pass 50,000 deaths in this country alone in less than two months. At the same time, the GOP is trying to torpedo the post office, possible to kill off mail-in voting, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suggesting it’d be a “good thing” that states go bankrupt, a distinct possibility, in order to gut the states’ pensions because he’s a bastard.

One theory on why Trump went off on this weird tangent and embarrassed himself further is that it was all a ruse to distract us from the revelation that he supposedly owes tens of millions of dollars to the Bank of China. Not the country, he himself due to his financial and real estate dealings. This is all tied into Trump Tower in Manhattan, which he owns a 40% stake in and a $221 million dollar loan that’ll come due in 2022.

All of this makes his recent dick-wagging at China over who was “responsible” for the coronavirus novel pandemic a little complicated. Plus, he’s been hinting that a $1.5 billion deal with China involving Joe Biden’s son Hunter back in 2013 was shady, and this throws that into another light.

This may be something or it may be nothing, like the revelation he was making a few bucks off the hydroxychloroquine he’d been cheerleading as a miracle cure up until now. Him being in debt to China is like him being in debt to Russia, bring those ties under suspect due to their involvement in the 2016 election. He’s a shady, shitty businessman, we’ve known this for 40 years.

But he isn’t trying to distract us from that, y’all. He just ain’t that smart. He’s blathering on about maybe shooting people’s insides with UV rays because he’s so damn dumb he thinks that could be, and he rattles off about it in front of the entire world because he’s desperate to be the hero.

Sometimes, it just ain’t that deep.

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