When Trump announced that he was going to restart the daily coronavirus press conferences, I assumed that it would include the scientific and medical members such as Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx, and the head of the CDC Robert Redfield. But no. Trump has decided to do them solo. Trump does not even include lackeys like the secretary of health and human services Alex Azar or Mike Pence, the head of the Task Force.
So basically these press conferences are a waste of time because Trump is ignorant and never has anything useful to say but will just ramble and issue statements that are useless at best and dangerously misleading at worst. Trump is just starved for attention and is no doubt hoping that he can reverse the beating he is taking in the polls on his handling of the pandemic and can be seen as more authoritative than Fauci behind whom he lags woefully in the polls in terms of being trustworthy about the issue. Trump is clearly irritated by this and is being peevish.
At Tuesday’s briefing, Mr Trump questioned why Dr Fauci and his fellow task force member Dr Deborah Birx were popular, but his administration is not.
“He’s got this high approval rating, so why don’t I have a high approval rating with respect – and this administration – with respect to this virus?
He added: “And yet, they’re highly thought of but nobody likes me. It can only be my personality, that’s all.”
His personality? Since Trump does not do self-deprecation and thinks he is like Mary Poppins in being “practically perfect in every way” I can only assume that he was being sarcastic.
He used one of these conferences to again bring up his favorite treatment of hydroxychloroquine. One wonders why he does not go the whole hog and bring with him to the podium a big proponent of it, someone by the name of Stella Immanuel, a member of a group known as America’s Frontline Doctors. So what do we know about Dr. Immanuel?
The video featuring the eccentric Dr. Stella Immanuel, who claimed that the controversial anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine was a “cure” for Covid-19 and that masks aren’t necessary, was pulled from the platforms for sharing misinformation about the disease. Twitter also briefly locked the Twitter account of the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., when he tweeted the video and called it a “must watch!!!”
The viral video, which racked up more than 13 million views on Facebook, drew more attention to some of Immanuel’s more bizarre previous medical claims. The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Immanuel has claimed in the past that some gynecological ailments are caused by people having sex in a dream-world with demons, with the demonic semen as the origins of the afflictions.
Immanuel has also claimed that doctors used alien DNA in medical treatments, and that lizard-like “reptilian” aliens are involved in the United States government. Immanuel has also refused to provide proof of her claim that she’s cured hundreds of Covid-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine.
Earlier in the day at another White Coat Summit event, Immanuel slammed “professional hacks” in medicine who have criticized the use of hydroxychloroquine. But she saved special vitriol for doctors who refuse to prescribe the drug because they’re supposedly afraid of professional consequences, calling them “good Germans” — a reference to Germans after World War II who claimed they had never supported the Nazis.
“You’re no different than a murderer,” Immanuel said. “You’re no different than Hitler.”
So naturally Trump, his idiot son Donald Jr., and their followers such as the Tea Party Patriots, have praised her because what’s not to like about someone who spouts crackpot theories?
President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr were among social media users who shared video late on Monday of a group called America’s Frontline Doctors advocating hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment.
The president said on Tuesday: “I think they’re very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular in her statements about it.”
‘Spectacular’ is the right word. So is nutty.