Who Told Trump About Bleach?


Yesterday Donald Trump suggested that ultraviolet light and household disinfectants could cure coronavirus.

Today, he said that he was saying it sarcastically.  This, of course, is another one of Trump’s many, many lies.  (But he does want to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, so that’s good 😦 )


Over at The Guardian, Ed Pilkington may have found the source of Trump’s disinfectant claims. Here is a taste of his piece titled: “Revealed: leader of group peddling bleach as coronavirus ‘cure’ wrote to Trump this week“:

The leader of the most prominent group in the US peddling potentially lethal industrial bleach as a “miracle cure” for coronavirus wrote to Donald Trump at the White House this week.

In his letter, Mark Grenon told Trump that chlorine dioxide – a powerful bleach used in industrial processes such as textile manufacturing that can have fatal side-effects when drunk – is “a wonderful detox that can kill 99% of the pathogens in the body”. He added that it “can rid the body of Covid-19”.

A few days after Grenon dispatched his letter, Trump went on national TV at his daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on Thursday and promoted the idea that disinfectant could be used as a treatment for the virus. To the astonishment of medical experts, the US president said that disinfectant “knocks it out in a minute. One minute!”

He went on to say: “Is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that.”

Trump did not specify where the idea of using disinfectant as a possible remedy for Covid-19 came from, and the source for his notion remains obscure. But the Guardian has learned that peddlers of chlorine dioxide – industrial bleach – have been making direct approaches to the White House in recent days.

Read the rest here.