Top MSNBC reporter suspects tanning beds may be linked to Trump’s ‘irrational rants’

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One might think that the longer President Donald Trump is in office, the more likely his media haters would be to mellow out somewhat after years of being perpetually outraged and hysterical.

That doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, the longer Trump is in office, the more outraged and hysterical his media haters become.

This seems especially true of the line-up at MSNBC.

The network’s ‘senior’ reporter, Mike Barnicle, floated one of the most ridiculous conspiracies ever heard on Thursday: The president’s “irrational rants” are due to his use of a tanning bed.

Not even kidding.

On Thursday during his daily coronavirus briefing, Trump mused about having people ‘inject’ some kind of disinfectant into their bodies, including ultraviolet light — which has been done, by the way — to kill coronavirus.

“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked because of the testing,” Trump said. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too.”

And while that may sound goofy at first, the president was speaking after other experts and officials had spoken on new emerging health technologies that could be utilized against coronavirus.

One of them was Under Secretary for Science at Technology at the Department of Homeland Security Bill Bryan, per

Yesterday, I shared the emerging results of our work that we’re doing now with the coronavirus task force and today I would like to share certain trends that we believe are important. If I may have the first slide please. And while that’s coming up, our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have on killing the virus, both surfaces and in the air. We’ve seen a similar effect with both temperature and humidity as well, where increasing the temperature and humidity or both is generally less favorable to the virus.

Later, he noted that various chemicals can also make the virus unstable or even kill it outright:

For example, increasing the temperature and humidity of potentially contaminated indoor spaces appears to reduce the stability of the virus, and extra care may be warranted for dry environments that do not have exposure to solar light. We’re also testing disinfectants readily available. We’ve tested bleach, we’ve tested isopropyl alcohol on the virus specifically in saliva or in respiratory fluids and I can tell you that bleach will kill the virus in five minutes. Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds and that’s with no manipulation, no rubbing. Just bring it on and leaving it go. You rub it and it goes away even faster. We’re also looking at other disinfectants, specifically looking at the COVID-19 virus in saliva. This is not the end of our work.

Cue the Trump-deranged Barnicle and his bud, “Morning Joe” Scarborough.

“Well, Joe, in a rational, political world, of which we are not part — we’re no longer a part of that, there is no longer a rational political world around us — I’ll tell you what might be on their minds: the 25th Amendment,” he said, in reference to the provision in the Constitution that allows for the removal of a president if he is unable to “discharge his duties.”

Of course; the media’s ‘Trump is crazy’ tangent again.

“Because yesterday,” Barnicle continued, “the President of the United States actually posed a threat to public safety, to the public safety of the citizens of this country. Those are the musings of a man who has spent a whole lot of his lifetime in a tanning bed. So he’s been exposed to ultraviolet rays in order to look like he has a tan all the time.”

Tanning beds have led to the president’s ‘irrationality.’ Wow.

Barnicle went on to claim that Trump’s statements were “the irrational rants of a man” who will influence “some adherent of his” to “take a little sip of Clorox bleach today to ward off the potential of the virus, and they will die.”

As such, Barnicle insisted that it was time to “pose this question to the country.”

“How would you feel if Dr. [Deborah] Birx and Dr. [Anthony] Fauci both resigned under protest, that the president is acting like someone who is mad, someone who has gone temporarily insane, who is deranged, who feels cornered, who will say anything to get out of anything at a particular moment in time? Not long term, not leadership, not looking down the road, but get out of something like right now. How would you feel if they resigned?”

It could be argued that there are a lot of Americans who wouldn’t mind if those two resigned; as they’re the ones who continue to preach ‘shutdown!’ ‘shutdown!’ to Trump, despite the fact that we can co-exist with the virus and still keep our economy humming.


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