In Odd Clip, Biden Compares Trump Taking Prescription to Suggesting People Inject Bleach

In Odd Clip, Biden Compares Trump Taking Prescription to Suggesting People Inject Bleach

May 22, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

We’ve been told, over and over again, how irresponsible President Trump is for touting hydroxychloroquine as a potential agent to aid in COVID-19 recovery. That hyperventilating began anew this week when the president announced he was taking the controversial drug to prevent infection by the novel coronavirus.

Last month, the FDA pointed out the potential side effects of the drug.

“Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause abnormal heart rhythms such as QT interval prolongation and a dangerously rapid heart rate called ventricular tachycardia,” a notice from the agency read.

“We will continue to investigate risks associated with the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for COVID-19 and communicate publicly when we have more information.”

In a news briefing Monday, Trump said he asked his White House doctor about taking the drug, and the two discussed the potential risks and benefits of doing so.

“I asked him, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘Well, if you’d like it.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’d like it. I’d like to take it,'” he said.

“After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relevant risks,” Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, confirmed in a statement.

So of course, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden popped his head out of his Wilmington, Delaware, basement this week for a town hall to talk about, among other things, the president’s use of hydroxychloroquine.

As is his wont, however, he took a softball question involving something that apparently made the president look bad and somehow made himself look worse.

When asked about his thoughts on the president modeling what some doctors believe to be “risky medical behavior in front of the American people” by taking hydroxychloroquine, Biden responded, “It’s like saying maybe if you injected Clorox into your blood, it may cure you.”

“Come on, man,” he continued. “What is he doing? What in God’s name is he doing?”

Though somewhat unclear (no surprise there), it seemed as though Biden was trying to reference an obviously sarcastic remark the president made some time ago about injecting disinfectant into one’s veins to kill the coronavirus.

Late night has certainly done enough on this one and those are actually trained comedians – as opposed to Biden, who tells jokes and watches them fall like wounded birds.

The rest of the discussion on the topic seemed to involve Biden talking down the drug as if it were completely untested, with Biden appearing to ignore the fact that Trump obtained a prescription from a doctor to begin doing so.

“The words of a president matter,” Biden said. “You heard the vice president today or yesterday say ‘I’m not using it. I’m not using it.’ The vice president of the United States. Look, this is absolutely irresponsible. There’s no serious medical person out there saying to use that drug. It’s counterproductive. It’s not going to help, but the president, he decided that’s an answer.”

This is interesting on a number of levels, only one of which I’ll go into here: namely, that hydroxychloroquine is the 132nd most prescribed medicine in the United States as of 2018, according to a study published in Pharmacy: Journal of Pharmacy Education and Practice.

Now, does it mean there are potential side effects? Of course, particularly its potentiality to cause a dangerous arrhythmia known as QT interval prolongation which can cause sudden death. It’s also not the only drug that does this.

That said, the risks can be managed – as evinced by the fact it remains the 132nd-most prescribed drug in America.

But, according to Biden, it’s absolutely unsafe: “Look at the studies that have been done. It does much more harm than good. This is totally irresponsible,” he said.

As most of the rest of this clip was, this wasn’t necessarily true. Studies have been contradictory and, if hydroxychloroquine is to be effective, it’s unclear when it needs to be given.

But then again, Biden’s a doctor, right? He’s the voice of reason in the room. As opposed to the other guy, the one who’s not comparing a prescription of hydroxychloroquine to suggesting people inject Clorox.

As Biden says, “[t]he words of a president matter” and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is making precisely the opposite point he wants to be making – and yet, he needn’t worry about this.

After all, did you hear about this one? Will anyone else? This clip doesn’t sound too hot, so it was basically memory-holed once Tuesday was over. In fact, it’ll get far less play in the media than the fact the president decided to take hydroxychloroquine for prophylactic reasons.

If that doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what will.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

via thefederalistpapers

Recent Comments

  1. jp

    May 22, 2020 @ 2:36 pm

    Get your head out of your ass Biden. You are a genuine piece of crap.

  2. Biden is part of one big cabal that does not repreent the majority of Americans. God help us. rick clifton

    May 22, 2020 @ 2:48 pm

    Biden, like a lot of Trump naysayers is jumping on the ‘bleach’ bandwagon, where the President, while fielding questions in a live broadcast, was consorting with his Health Care Guru’s and just asking questions about the subject. His off the cuff remarks were mis-reported and taken completely out of context.
    I have voted in 15 Presidential elections, when back in the day a Press-Conference was a big deal, and professionalism by the media was observed and it was actuallly quite entertaining,. There were no ‘desperate’ questions. There were a few journalists (Sam Donaldson) who come to mind who asked more daring questions than others, but nothing like the desperate, low-class, tactics of today’s press conferences.

  3. Biden is part of one big cabal that does not repreent the majority of Americans. God help us. rick clifton

    May 22, 2020 @ 2:51 pm

    I think a lot of what biden says and does is ‘politics as usual’ – which is very tiresome. Nothing original.

  4. John Day

    May 22, 2020 @ 3:30 pm

    I am still in awe that anyone would listen to Biden and his prattle, much less bug-eyed Democrats and their media partners who support him. My fantasy is that I could put a cork in it. He’s been in politics for four decades and all of a sudden he is going to fix things? Anyone who would choose a running mate as to color and gender is pandering for votes and not putting the country first. Blacks, Latinos and women, it’s hard to believe they fall for this. The lineup list of ladies being vetted for VP are all lefty fruitcakes that you would be afraid to let into your home. His choice is doubly important this time since Biden’s age has obviously become a factor, giving him long odds of competently surviving 8 years of the most complex and stressful work in the world, both mentally or physically. We need the best in ability, leadership, executive experience, love of nation, strong vision for the country’s future, effective communication skills, courage to make unpopular decisions, and crisis management competency with strong character and integrity. Coming out of a world-wide pandemic and nationwide business disaster, a progressive social justice policy maker given the nod as opposed to a strong economic background is the last thing we need. Biden is the Chosen One which is amazing in itself, yet actually a limp and easily manipulated candidate by the far left. The situation may get worse really fast with a poor choice of running mate.

  5. Carole McMullen

    May 22, 2020 @ 4:55 pm

    Our President leads by example. He doesn’t just tell us the drug us safe and to use it, he uses it himself! He is a true Commander in Chief!!!

  6. SusieQ2002

    May 22, 2020 @ 9:37 pm

    Not every drug is for everybody. People know this. Insulin is life for a type one diabetic but it is not good for everyone. Many drugs are like that. If my private doctor and I think a drug will benefit me and I want to try it, then please get out of my health care news media, quack politicians, non-physicians, know it all hacks, and anyone else who wants to take away my right to choose my own treatment. The only one who truly knows all about this covid 19 is God and he gave his opinion 2,000 years ago and we should be guided by the Word and the Holy Spirit. Fearing something will not help you stay well. Following logical protocols for cleanliness & meds as your own physician prescribes and trusting God will get a lot more done. Repent of fear. The news media is beating us over the head with this fear and we know they hate Trump, just look at what they write. Suspect more fowl play by the far left and their partners in crime and Democrats who just don’t remember what freedom is and those who are too young to have learned history as it actually was, not how it is politically correct written. Those who do not know their correct History are doomed to repeat it. Let Godly wisdom prevail America.

  7. MN

    May 23, 2020 @ 2:25 am

    Biden lies about everything and I believe he has dementia. I’m sick of politicians who all of a sudden know so much about medicine yet most of them know nothing of our constitution and the rule of law. Hard to believe people want him for president.

    Americans should start reading side effects when they get a prescription. Most cause many problems and even death. Politicians should stop meddling in health care.

    We all know the Left really want to scare people so they can make small businesses go bankrupt and keep lockdown until election day. That way they can put all their social programs in effect.

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