MORNING Joe's hosts took fire at President Trump's suggestion that injecting bleach might help cure the coronavirus.
The MSNBC show co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough lambasted Trump's bizarre press briefing on Thursday where he made the comments, which he later than claimed were made sarcastically.
"There are still people who are following the personality cult that like that," Scarborough said on the Monday morning program.
Trump had also queried how his press conference had unfolded, saying that the "fake news" reported he had been addressing Dr Deborah Birx during the briefing.
According to Trump, he had been speaking to the government's laboratory expert.
In fact, Trump had actually addressed Dr Birx directly when he had asked her to look into claims that bleach might help cure the virus.
Scarborough pointed this out on his program, saying: "Yeah, oh, yeah, people all over the country that support Donald Trump said, ‘Yeah, he wasn’t talking to Dr. Birx‘."
The host then slammed Trump for the president's treatment of Birx.
"He is putting her in a terrible position with a quack idea, and forcing her to talk about heat and light,” Brzezinksi said.
“She has to grasp for an answer and explain to him that maybe a fever, but no. ‘No, you’re an idiot. You’re a moron’ is what she’s thinking, okay?”
“You can see it on her face. I’m sorry, Mr. President, you put her in that position. This really reputable, credible, prepared woman, who spent her entire life getting ready for a crisis like this. You’re a joke.”
Footage had shown Dr Deborah Birx's priceless reaction after Trump suggested that coronavirus could be treated with injections of disinfectant.
The White House's Coronavirus Response Coordinator was attending a press briefing following the publication of a study showing that UV light and disinfectants could both kill the virus.
The conference saw officials from the Department of Homeland Security present evidence that the virus weakens when exposed to sunlight and heat.
The research also showed that bleach and isopropyl alcohol killed the virus in saliva or on surfaces in a matter of minutes.
The president responded to the findings by suggesting that patients could be injected with disinfectant – which is extremely harmful to the human body – as part of their treatment.
He said: "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. As you can see, it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs."
At one point, Trump turned to Dr Birx and asked her to investigate the bizarre remedies.
He said: "I would like you to speak to the medical doctors to see if there's any way that you can apply light and heat to a cure.
"Deborah have you ever heard of that?"
Dr Birx replied: "Not as a treatment."
On Sunday, Trump went on a furious tear against the media, demanding Russiagate reporters return their "Noble Prizes" and slamming claims he "angrily eats burgers in his room" rather than work.
The president's latest online tirade — which continued in a series of later tweets in which he explained his spelling and use of "Noble Prizes" was intentional and sarcastic — came after he blamed the "Lamestream Media" Saturday for the decision to end his daily COVID-19 press briefings.
As part of his evening social media activity, Trump said he was being sarcastic when he misspelled "Nobel Prize" in a series of scathing tweets hours before.
Last week, Trump went on a Tuesday morning rant about MSNBC's Morning Joe, labeling host Joe Scarborough "nuts" and saying his "mind is shot".
The host quickly fired back at the President, however, telling him to "get to work."
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