Twitter users are counting down the moments until Donald Trump, Jr. declares that he’s been a martyr for the alt-right after Twitter suspended his account for 12 hours after he retweeted a video originally retweeted by his father showing Dr. Stella Immanuel praising the healing effects of hydroxychloroquine, a drug Trump has pushed as a treatment for COVID-19 and own stock in, but that the FDA has said is more dangerous than helpful in treating the virus.
Twitter penalizes Donald Trump Jr. for posting hydroxychloroquine misinformation amid coronavirus pandemic https://t.co/nOOlIsWLu8
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 28, 2020
The video purported to show a doctor on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic who declared that a cure for the virus – hydroxychloroquine – has been found and enemies of the president who cannot stand for him to be right have suppressed use of the drug. Right-wing accounts on Twitter and Facebook lit up, including President Trump’s, with retweets and crowing about the president’s brilliance in having identified the drug as an effective treatment from the beginning.
‘Trump shared the video — which claims that face masks and shutdowns are not needed to stop the spread of the virus — as he shared 14 tweets over a half-hour span defending the use of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug that the president has repeatedly promoted, and attacking Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-diseases expert.’
What the video did not show is Dr. Immanuel discussing her beliefs that “sexual visitations by demons and alien DNA are at the root of Americans’ common health concerns.” In other words, the woman is not any kind of doctor that a gravely ill COVID patient would want anywhere near them.
‘A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone. Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald Trump himself retweeted the video…In her speech, Immanuel alleges that she has successfully treated hundreds of patients with hydroxychloroquine, a controversial treatment Trump has promoted and says he has taken himself. Studies have failed to find proof that the drug has any benefit in treating COVID-19, and the Food and Drug Administration in June revoked its emergency authorization to use it to treat the deadly virus, saying it hadn’t demonstrated any effect on patients’ mortality prospects.’
Stella Immanuel, Trump’s New Favorite COVID-19 Doctor, Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine https://t.co/PjYcMBvCrU
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) July 28, 2020
After it was revealed that Immanuel is no more than a charlatan, the videos began to be removed, save for the one posted by Trump, whose account has become a firestorm of controversy for its ability to be exempt from the rules other Twitter users have to follow. Immanuel responded to the criticism exactly as you’d expect.
‘Immanuel responded in her own way, declaring that Jesus Christ would destroy Facebook’s servers if her videos weren’t restored to the platform. ‘
When Donald Trump, Jr. acts all outraged, innocent, and persecuted over his Twitter limitation for trolling with misinformation, recall that he is too stupid not to reveal what his Twitter account is all about: trolling. pic.twitter.com/Es749SkBDw
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) July 28, 2020
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