Donald Trump thinks he knows more than anyone else in the whole wide world about, well, everything. He reminds us all the time. 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):
"I answered this 15 times. You don't have to answer." — Trump prevents Dr Fauci from answering a question about hydroxychloroquine pic.twitter.com/8R1K1hDsaX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 6, 2020
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, it‘s not as good as you hope it is.
And don’t give me any flimsy “resistance” 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.