Donald Trump thinks he knows more than anyone else in the whole wide world about, well, everything.
Now he’s playing doctor. And not just with skeeved-out women this time.
He wants everyone to take hydroxychloroquine because he did fuck all about a deadly virus for months, and now, like a kid who spent an entire semester partying before waking up hopelessly lost the day before his finals, he’s praying for a miracle while desperately trying to think of ways to cheat and cut corners.
So we get a scene at a public health press conference that would have been unimaginable just four short years ago — a feckless fopdoodle of a pr*sident shutting down a respected infectious disease expert who is following long-held protocols about the promotion and distribution of still-unproven drugs (second tweet):
That’s astounding, particularly given that hydroxychloroquine is still not approved as a COVID-19 treatment and is a vital lifeline for people with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Which brings us to this tweet, which should throw at least a small beach pail of cold water on President Thalidomide’s irresponsible snake oil salesmanship:
Patients with lupus, arthritis, other conditions are *already* on hydroxychloroquine.
And we are diagnosing them with covid19 *LEFT AND RIGHT*
If it does work, itÃ¢ÂÂs not as good as you hope it is.
And donÃ¢ÂÂt give me any flimsy Ã¢ÂÂresistanceÃ¢ÂÂ excuses.
STUDY THE DRUGS!
— Jeremy Faust MD MS (@jeremyfaust) April 5, 2020
Faust is a doctor at Harvard Medical School, so I can only assume he knows just a bit more about medicine than the mascot for Trump University.
Also, this, from another physician:
Clarity on Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin.
Below are the list of trials that show any convincing evidence of safety and efficacy.
Despite @POTUS's assertion and strong testimonial, and his blocking Tony Fauci's ability to respond to the question at today's press conference pic.twitter.com/zCrUZrZZLA
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) April 6, 2020
When it comes to COVID-19, Trump is flopping around like a fat, muddy carp in the bottom of a rowboat, and yet this is what Republicans call strong and effective leadership.
But, hey, we always knew he was a dipshit. We just hoped his stupidity somehow wouldn’t kill us.
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