The mainstream media just couldn’t wait to turn this one into the shame of Donald Trump’s presidency. A couple in Arizona took chloroquine as a protective measure against the coronavirus after Trump specifically hyped it as a cure on television? Oh, this was one for the ages.
Even if the media knew they couldn’t exactly convince the smartest of their audience into putting the full blame on Trump for such a boneheaded move – Trump didn’t, after all, tell people to go put fish-tank cleaner down their gullets – they could at least use the case to insinuate that the president was guilty of spreading dangerous misinformation.
Incidentally, the media is still playing this game even today. We just read a story about a couple of bozos in Georgia who ingested household disinfectant as some sort of precaution against COVID-19. And naturally, the media, which has been telling everyone that Trump told people to inject disinfectant, is trying to blame him for this idiocy. We’re not sure when the American president became wholly responsible for the decisions of every braindead fool in the country, but it’s a burden that no man should have to carry. There’s a lotta dumb people out there.
But Gary Lenius, the man who died from drinking the fish tank cleaner? He may not have been one of them.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
The Mesa City Police Department’s homicide division is investigating the death of Gary Lenius, the Arizona man whose wife served him soda mixed with fish tank cleaner in what she claimed was a bid to fend off the coronavirus. A detective handling the case confirmed the investigation to the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday after requesting a recording of the Free Beacon’s interviews with Lenius’s wife, Wanda.
Gary Lenius, 68, died on March 22. Wanda, 61, told several news outlets last month that both she and her husband had ingested a substance used to clean aquariums after hearing President Donald Trump tout one of its ingredients, chloroquine phosphate, from the White House briefing room.
Detective Teresa Van Galder, the homicide detective handling the case for the Mesa City Police Department, confirmed that the investigation is ongoing but declined to provide additional details.
“As this is an active investigation, I cannot go into any details at this time regarding the case,” Van Galder said. The Free Beacon provided a recording of its interview last month with Wanda Lenius.
So just to recap quickly here, in light of this report. The media not only used a story of “gullible people take fish cleaner on the recommendation of Trump” as a bludgeon against the president, they may have actually aided and abetted a murderer with her cover story?
Maybe it’ll turn out that Wanda’s original story was the truth, but if not, this could go down as the Trump-hating media’s worst blunder since the Covington Catholic debacle.