In his letter, Mark Grenon told Trump that chlorine dioxide – a powerful bleaching agent used in industrial processes such as making textiles that can have fatal side effects when drunk – is “a wonderful detox which can kill 99% of pathogens in the body. ” He added that he “can rid the body of Covid-19”.
A few days after Grenon sent his letter, Trump went on national television during his daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on Thursday and promoted the idea that the disinfectant could be used to treat the virus. To the amazement of medical experts, the President said the disinfectant “knocks it out in a minute.” One minute! “
He went on to say, “Is there a way to do something, by injecting inside or almost cleaning? Because you see that it gets into the lungs and it makes a huge number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that out. “
Trump has not specified where the idea for using a disinfectant came from as a possible remedy for Covid-19, and the source of his notion remains unclear. But the Guardian has learned that hawkers of chlorine dioxide – an industrial bleaching agent – have been making direct representations to the White House in recent days.
Grenon presents himself as the “archbishop” of Genesis II – a Florida-based outfit that claims to be a church but is in fact the largest producer and distributor of chlorine dioxide bleach as a “miracle cure” in the United States -United. He marks the chemical as MMS, “miracle mineral solution,” and fraudulently claims that it can cure 99% of all diseases, including cancer, malaria, HIV / AIDS and autism.
Since the start of the pandemic, Genesis II has marketed MMS as a remedy for coronavirus. He advises users, including children, to mix three to six drops of bleach into the water and drink it.
In his weekly television radio show, posted online Sunday, Grenon read the letter he wrote to Trump. He said it had started: “Dear Mr. President, please read this letter and intervene. “
Grenon said 30 of his supporters have also written to Trump in the White House in recent days urging him to take steps to protect Genesis II in its peddling laundering activities which they claim can cure the coronavirus.
Friday, hours after Trump spoke of the disinfectant on live TV, Grenon went further in a post on his Facebook page. He claimed that MMS had indeed been sent to the White House. He wrote: “Trump has MMS and all the info !!! Things happen! Lord help others to see the truth! “
Paradoxically, Trump’s explosion over the possible value of a “injection” of disinfectant into the lungs of the victims of Covid-19 came just days after a prominent agency within the administration of the President has taken steps to stop the peddling of bleach as a coronavirus treatment around the US.
Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration obtained a federal court order prohibiting Genesis II from selling what has been described as “an unproven and potentially dangerous treatment for Covid-19”. The FDA also ordered Genesis II scholar Kerri Rivera to remove allegations that MMS cured the coronavirus from its website.
Last August, the FDA issued an urgent warning urging Americans not to buy or drink MMS, which it says is a “dangerous bleach that has caused serious and potentially fatal side effects.” Consumption of MMS can cause nausea, diarrhea and severe dehydration which can lead to death, the federal agency said.
The Guardian contacted the White House to ask if Grenon’s letter had influenced Trump’s comments on the disinfectant, but did not immediately receive a response.
Alan Keyes is another champion for bleach as a miracle cure who has sought to get Trump interested in the treatment. He is a former ambassador and advisor to Ronald Reagan who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate and three times for the United States presidency.
Keyes presented Genesis II whitening products as a miracle cure on his conservative online TV show, Let’s Talk America.
It is not known if Keyes discussed MMS with Trump. But the two men have overlapping interests.
Not only were they both in the Republican Party and in presidential politics, but they were both the main proponents of Birther’s conspiracy theory which wrongly suggested that Barack Obama was born outside of America.
Keyes’ TV show is hosted on IAMtv, a right-wing web channel. Bob Sisson, the former leader of IAMtv, also announced the release of Genesis II whitening products.
In one of his shows, first reported by the Daily Beast, Sisson brandished two bottles of MMS Genesis II and said, “I’m going to meet Trump, it’s only a matter of time. President Trump will invite us up there when he finds out about these things. “
Trump said he was “sarcastic” in his remarks on Friday, but there is no evidence to back up that claim, and he seemed quite serious when he made it.