Donald Trump’s latest statements relating to COVID-19 epitomize fake news. His latest suggestion, that Americans could, by drinking disinfectant, cleanse their bodies of COVID-19, elicited more shock and awe than a typical Trump Administration press conference. Reason.com published the official White House transcript, where you can see the President give his unfounded bleach-drinking monologue: 

“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 see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds—it sounds interesting to me.”

President Donald Trump

According to Reason.com, “Trump’s comments apparently were alarming enough to prompt an advisory from Reckitt Benckiser, the British manufacturer of Lysol and Dettol cleaning products.” In fact, a number of manufacturers or cleaning products sent out unironic press releases telling people that no, they would not return to good health by ingesting bleach.

You can find the full transcript and more about the President’s latest disinformation here.