Trump Declares COVID ‘Cure’ 25 Days Before Election


This Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump spent a big chunk of his time ranting and raving on a live broadcast phone conversation with longtime conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. The conversation, which was broadcast as a part of Limbaugh’s radio show, lasted for a staggering two hours. During that timeframe, Trump covered a wide array of topics.

At one point, he even claimed that there’s a “cure” for the Coronavirus, which is a lie — but which his eager followers may take to heart as supposedly heaven-sent truth anyway. The experimental treatments that the president has taken following his own positive Coronavirus test results, which he was discussing with Limbaugh, are not a cure. The nonsense will help fuel a continuing failure to implement the widespread public health measures that are needed to control the Coronavirus. It’s not the first time that Trump has spread Coronavirus treatment-related nonsense. He also spent awhile touting the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as an effective anti-Coronavirus drug, despite the complete lack of systematic evidence.

During his long talk with Limbaugh — who Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to earlier this year — the president also essentially cursed out Iran, which is an absurd notion to consider. He insisted that the message to Iran is that if they “fuck around with” the United States, then the U.S. will respond with retaliation the likes of which the world has never seen. Besides the unhinged nature of the president’s threats, his comments also reveal a simply breathtakingly imbecilic “understanding” of foreign policy and the world around him. Trump had no experience in public service prior to the presidency, and at close to no point during his time in office has he seemed interested in learning from those who do know what they’re talking about on these subjects.

During the Limbaugh interview, Trump majorly fumbled over another major policy issue yet again. Discussing the Coronavirus-connected economic relief efforts, he insisted that he was “telling [Limbaugh] something [he doesn’t] tell anybody else, because maybe it helps or maybe it hurts negotiations” — remember this was a live broadcast radio interview — insisting that he “wants to see a bigger package.” Just recently, Trump insisted that he had ordered a halt to negotiations with the House over a potential comprehensive economic relief package, which he followed up by claiming that he actually supports certain relief measures after all. Does Trump even know his own position on this matter? Fittingly, the chaotic Limbaugh interview ended with music playing over what sounded like the president still talking.