For just a moment, it looked as though Trump’s dismal poll numbers had finally convinced him to take the COVID-19 crisis more seriously and that giving false and misleading information about masks, social distancing, CDC guidelines, and a push to reopen wasn’t helping him politically. As he changed his stance on those issues, he’s continued to push a conspiracy theory about a treatment once believed to be potentially helpful in treating the virus: hydroxychloroquine.
Throughout the weekend and into the week, Trump has retweeted numerous conspiracy theories about his debunked early proposed cure for COVID-19. Early Tuesday morning, Donald Trump retweeted a video of Dr. Stella Immanuel, originally posted by Breitbart, standing with a team of doctors who say that hydroxychloroquine has worked miracles in their patients and that it was being help up as a cure because some unknown force wants people to remain sick so the economy can shut down.
If that wasn’t crazy enough for you, a quick internet search revealed that Immanuel has made other controversial comments, including that gynecological problems in women were the result of dreaming about sex with demons and that most of Americans’ health problems are due to sex with aliens who pass on demon sperm. This is the doctor Trump retweeted to prove a point about a medication to treat a virus that has killed more than 150,000 people.
On Wednesday, Trump was asked by a CNN reporter during a stop on the W.H. lawn if he regretted having retweeted the video in light of the information the public now has on Immanuel. Trump bristled, said he hadn’t known who she was at the time but that the other doctors featured with her in the video are all “respected doctors” (whose names he most likely doesn’t know, either), and then berated the reporter for even asking the question.
‘You ought to tell your network the reason their ratings are so bad is because the coverage is so horrible, and that goes for MSDNC also. Your network is so dishonest in its coverage of just about everything.’
The video that Trump retweeted has since been removed by Twitter as part of its fight to control the spread of misinformation about the deadly pandemic currently surging in the United States. Donald Trump, Jr. also retweeted the video and had his account suspended for 12 hours. The woman in the video, who is standing next to doctors who weren’t too embarrassed to stand next to her and affiliate themselves with her, has said that God would destroy Twitter’s and Facebook’s servers in retaliation for them removing her video.
In addition to his claims about hydroxychloroquine, Trump insisted that Colin Powell had confirmed that Russia had not offered to pay bounties on U.S. soldiers (he has never said anything of the sort) and criticized officials in Oregon over their response to protesters. In the middle of a pandemic, rocketing unemployment numbers, and massive civil unrest, lies and anger are the last things the country needs, but this is the president we have.
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