Biden Remarks on Trump and Bleach Injection Add to Political Discourse

 May 11, 2024

In a recent fundraiser in San Francisco, President Joe Biden made a controversial comment about his predecessor.

According to Breitbart, addressing attendees, Biden expressed a wish that former President Donald Trump had died, causing an uproar in D.C.

Biden referenced a past incident where Trump discussed experimental treatments involving disinfectants. Although often misrepresented, Trump's original comments included the possibility of applying UV light and disinfectants internally, which he later clarified as not suggesting an injection.

Biden’s Comment Stirs Media and Public Reaction

Amid laughter from the audience, Joe Biden said, "Remember him saying the best thing to do is just inject a little bleach in your arm? That’s what he said. And he meant it. I wish he had done a little bit himself.” This ironic critique is one of many similar charges leveled by Democrats over the years, including statements by former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Here’s President Biden at the event, "Remember him saying the best thing to do is just inject a little bleach in your arm? That’s what he said. And he meant it. I wish he had done a little bit himself."

The origin of Biden's comments dates back to a presidential briefing (date unspecified), in which Trump talked about "hitting the body with tremendous ultraviolet or just very powerful light." Trump then speculated on bringing "light inside the body" and using disinfectants that could "knock it out in one minute." However, he specified, "It wouldn’t be through injection."

Analysis of Trump’s COVID-19 Treatment Suggestions

Trump's controversial discourse in that briefing has been a focal point of misunderstanding and political rhetoric. The excerpt from the official White House transcript does show Trump exploring these methods as potential treatments but noting that injections would not be the method. Misinterpretation in media and political circles has continued to evoke backlash and debate over the responsibility of communicating medical information during a pandemic.

On May 1, 2024, just days before Biden's comments, former President Trump had spoken at a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, continuing to defend his administration's response for innovative solutions to national setbacks. Both the misinterpretation and the weaponizing of the bleach comment have shown the stark divisions in U.S. politics. Politicians and the public alike have often seized upon such statements to reinforce or refute perceptions of leadership during the pandemic crisis.

Joe Biden's provocative wish regarding Donald Trump highlights the ongoing fervor and the polarized responses that characterize American political dialogue today.

Sources like the Jerusalem Post and Breitbart News have reported extensively on both the original comment by Trump and the reactions it has sparked, illustrating the global attention and the varied interpretations it has brought about.


Comments like those made by President Biden touch on deeper issues in political communication and public trust. They illustrate how leaders' words are often used in political theater and can potentially influence public perceptions and behavior during critical times.

In retrospect, the dialogue about treatments including disinfectants and UV light, not only has fed the political media machine but also continues to challenge the boundaries of scientific discourse and public communication.

As this political banter continues, it will be essential for political leaders and media alike to strive for clarity and responsibility in public communication, especially in matters of public health.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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