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A reporter at The Washington Post learned that size does matter after trying to pin the exorbitant price of isopropyl alcohol on President Trump and his administration.
The Post’s Amber Phillips posted and then deleted a tweet on Thursday announcing that the cost of isopropyl alcohol on Amazon was shockingly $2,375. Her tweet came after Trump’s coronavirus task force briefing at the White House Thursday where a Department of Homeland Security official spoke about the use of the product against the coronavirus.
William Bryan, a DHS senior official, detailed how COVID-19 was being studied at a biodefense center lab in Maryland, and findings so far included that solar light, temperature, humidity and ultraviolet light kill the virus. In addition, Bryan shared that “bleach kills it in saliva or respiratory fluids in 5 minutes; isopropyl alcohol in 30 seconds. No rubbing. Just spray it.”
DHS official says sunlight impedes transmission of the virus (more outdoor activities) and bleach kills the virus in 5 minutes and isopropyl alcohol in 30 seconds. Trump “Sounds interesting to me”
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) April 23, 2020
“Isopropyl alcohol, which the Trump administration is saying can kill the virus in 30 seconds on surfaces, for sale on Amazon right now for $2.375,” Phillips wrote in a since-deleted tweet. She included a screenshot from the site in her tweet which was suggesting the administration triggered a price hike in rubbing alcohol because of Thursday’s comments.
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) April 24, 2020
What Phillips failed to include, however, was the fact that the price she quoted was for a 55-gallon drum of laboratory-grade isopropyl alcohol.
Nice try, journo pic.twitter.com/7WOO7Ehy5U
— Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) April 24, 2020
Heavy demand for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus crisis did drive up prices for the key ingredient which became harder to obtain, according to a Wall Street Journal report at the beginning of April. But the Washington Post blogger was obviously making a different point in her tweet and Twitter users quickly called her out for it.
Yeah, a 55 GALLON DRUM of isopropyl alcohol is $2,375.
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) April 23, 2020
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 23, 2020
“Free shipping” as well……🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Robert James (@RobertJames113) April 23, 2020
Some wondered if she had ever purchased rubbing alcohol at her local CVS.
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) April 23, 2020
(A) Do you think she knows that’s a 55 gal drum? Or (B) do you think she’s never bought Isopropyl Alcohol in the store before? …Or (C) She knows and it just intentionally lying?
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) April 23, 2020
But most just pointed out the obvious.
That’s a 55 gallon drum of it, genius. 🤡
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) April 23, 2020
This is about 55 gallons.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 23, 2020
Should have cropped out the price per fluid oz too if you were going to be this misleading to begin with
— Roman Catholic Dad (@RCatholicDad) April 23, 2020
Yes it’s a 55 gallon drum. This company sells stuff in bulk. Also I can’t even find this page using multiple searches so it’s either gone or idk what voodoo she pulled to find it.
— neontaster (@neontaster) April 23, 2020
In Amber’s case: “Type. Pause. Consider. Measure current Trump-hate level. Then post.”
— Spiny_Norman (@spiny_norman) April 24, 2020
Every time I think Trump overdoes it a bit when criticizing the media, they always find a way to justify it.
— J Dubs (@the_narc_2000) April 23, 2020
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