In a wild Twitter frenzy, Trump re-tweeted a video by of a Dr. Stella Immanuel, who has a history of supporting conspiracy theories and who claims that hydroxychloroquine is a ‘cure’ for COVID and argues against ‘fake doctors’ and the use of masks. Twitter promptly removed the offending video and tweet.
Separately, Facebook and YouTube also pulled down videos of her claims, claiming it’s ‘spreading misinformation about the pandemic.’
Twitter also banned Donald Trump Jr. from posting any tweets, claiming he shared ‘potentially harmful information’ after posting Monday to a viral video of a doctor claiming hydroxychloroquine is a ‘cure’ for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, at Trump’s ‘taskforce’ (it’s just him) media conference on Tuesday, he continued to rattle on about the drug even though extensive testing has proven that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work against COVID and may in fact be dangerous.
‘I happen to think it works’ Trump said defensively defended his posting of Dr. Immanuel’s videos by saying:
‘She was on air along with many other doctors.’They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine. And I thought she was very impressive in the sense that from where she came – I don’t know which country she comes from – but she says she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients and I thought her voice was an important voice but I know nothing about her.’
When quizzed more by the press on his claims, Trump quickly exited the press conference. Nothing to see here, folks.