Thanks to the surreal and unprecedented nature of the past year, it can be tricky to try to keep track of time. Various storylines and developments have all run together. But it turns out it was precisely one year ago that Donald Trump stood up and suggested everyone try injecting or ingesting disinfectant and sunlight.
Rachel Maddow opened her MSNBC show tonight by focusing on the panicked PR response that Lysol had to release on that same day, effectively trying to convince Americans not to listen to what the President of the United States was telling them.
Maddow then went on to highlight the fact that people in Florida ended up being criminally indicted for selling bleach as a COVID “miracle cure” that ended up killing people instead. It’s not difficult to draw a fairly straight line from Trump’s words to these scammers.
Rachel Maddow then went on to cover the increasingly corrupt antics of the Arizona Republican legislature, which is still trying to find ways to pretend that Trump somehow secretly won the 2020 election – a crucial story. But it was cathartic to take a brief trip with her down “Disinfectant Road” before getting to the day’s big stories.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report