If It Quacks Like a Doctor

Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter account was restricted on Tuesday due to violations of the company’s policy against spreading disinformation about the coronavirus. His father spread the very same disinformation to q wider audience without consequences, but wound up looking justice as foolish.
Both Trumps shared a short video by a group calling itself Frontline Doctors, and emphasized a statement by a Houston pediatrician who said that there’s no need to wear face masks in public or practice social distancing or ban mass gatherings because she has used a mix of hydroxyclhoroquine, zinc and zithromax to cure 300 patients of the disease. There is no proof that a pediatrician with a small clinic in a strip mall has cured any COVID-19 cases, and o credible medical organization endorses these views, with the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization all having conducted studies showing it does not work and poses additional risks to people.
President Trump continues to tout the benefits of hydroxychloroqine, and seemed happy to hear from anyone share that view, and noted in Tuesday’s public health briefing that “I took it 14 days, and I’m still here,” and then endorsed Immannuel as “a woman who was spectacular in her statements about it.” When a reporter noted that Immanuel also believes many gynecological problems are caused by women having sex with demons in their dreams, and that pharmaceutical companies are using “alien DNA” to create medicines, along with other conspiracy theories, Trump backed off slightly.
“I can tell you this,” Trump said. “She on the air with many other doctors, they were big fans of hydroxychloroquine, but I know nothing about her.”
So Trump winds up admitting he’s basing public health policy on the word of someone he knows nothing about. Which is not reassuring.
Trump also criticized Twitter for restricting his son’s account, and groused about how many negative stories will appear on Google is you search for his name. Facebook and all the other major social media platform banished the Frontline Doctors, but Immanuel seemed unworried about it, “tweeting” “Hello Facebook put back my profile page and videos up or your computers will start crashing till you do. You are not bigger that God. I promise you. If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name.”
Later in the press briefing Trump conceded that Dr. Anthony Fauci is more popular than himself, and wondered aloud why that might be, concluding “maybe it’s my personality.” We’re not at all fond of Trump’s personality, but there’s probably more to it than that. Fauci’s credentials as an epidemiologists are better than Trump’s and Immanuel’s combined, and most of what he says is the consensus of the world’s leading experts, and people might like Trump better if he followed the best advice rather than quackery of someone he knows nothing about.

— Bud Norman

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