Donald Trump has attempted to offer an excuse about this bizarre claims that injecting disinfectant was actually intended as sarcasm.
The president said that the statement was made to mock journalists when he was actually talking to one of his medical experts at the time.
At this point we have gone far beyond the realms of parody and have entered some sort of surreal twilight zone where facts and figures no longer matter. It's almost as if we are living in a world written by the satirical news website The Onion. Speaking of which...
On March 25, almost a month before Trump made his claim about bleach, The Onion published an article with the headline
Man Just Buying One Of Every Cleaning Product In Case Trump Announces It’s Coronavirus Cure
The joke story looks at a man called Troy Mitchell from Evanston, Wyoming, who was buying every possible cleaning product from his local convenience store, just in case Trump said it would cure coronavirus.
In the article, they write:
I got toilet bowl cleaner, carpet cleaner, Swiffer WetJet refills—you name it—just so me and my family will be ready if the president announces one of these things can treat Chinese virus. I’m not getting caught without some oven degreaser should Trump say it’s going to save us, so I better go ahead and grab me a bottle. After this, I’m hitting the hardware store to pick up a 5-gallon bucket of roof sealant to make sure I’m prepared in the event that turns out to be what gets rid of the Wuhan. Could just be 10 or 20 squirts of Windex into each nostril. You never know what might work in a pinch!
Obviously the main intention of The Onion is for jokes and mockery but few would have predicted that something like this would actually happen but a month later here we are.
As soon as people realised that something from a satire website had actually come true, people were hailing The Onion as prophets.
Just in case you didn't get it the first time, bleach and disinfectant will not cure coronavirus so please don't use it on yourself.