President Donald Trump has once again found himself at war with reality.
For months, the President has hailed the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for the virus that's killed nearly 100 thousand Americans. The President cited anecdotal evidence and unspecified studies.
On Monday, he upped the ante and said that he himself was taking hydroxychloroquine, despite not having been diagnosed with the virus. The development sparked concerns about how the President would react to the side effects of the drug—which include hallucinations and increased risk of heart failure.
Trump's own Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the drug only be taken in a hospital setting.
The President attempted to defend his endorsement of the drug by falsely claiming that only one survey indicated concerns about its effectiveness—and that the unspecified survey was out to get him.
"If you look at the one survey—the only bad survey—they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape. They were very old, almost dead, it was a Trump enemy statement."
By characterizing the multiple studies as "Trump enemy statements," it was clear the President won't be convinced that he's wrong.
@atrupar Yes, well-known "Trump enemies" like Science and Facts. Those same enemies that killed dozens of HCQ stud… https://t.co/Zu0lBW5nIA— Charles Mangin (@Charles Mangin) 1589915864.0
@atrupar We are through the looking glass here. This is all based on the need to be "right". Why not just pivot t… https://t.co/Of0aNkIVt0— JimSchonrock (@JimSchonrock) 1589914583.0
@atrupar This is exactly why we have 90,000 + Americans dead. Trump thinks he knows better. #Covid_19— Kathy (@Kathy) 1589920516.0
Science is the enemy? https://t.co/FfHW5P4Ss1— jonhumbert (@jonhumbert) 1589912049.0
Anyone who differs with Trump is "an enemy." A Personalty Cult is built on selling a person as always being right.… https://t.co/GfeCRxYDTR— Neil (@Neil) 1589916642.0
Trump's insistent denial of facts didn't stop people from correcting his bogus claims.
I’m a #NursePractitioner & prescribe medications. I’ve prescribed hydroxychloroquine for its anti-malaria propertie… https://t.co/wIw6zjVFXS— Stephen Ferrara, DNP (@Stephen Ferrara, DNP) 1589928711.0
The FDA disagrees. https://t.co/2uBKI7eqob https://t.co/SKBowmDJYM— Cameron Peters (@Cameron Peters) 1589912071.0
As someone who works with front line workers, no, they are not taking it. https://t.co/z53UW06pTm— Matt Mosher (PanocideX) (@Matt Mosher (PanocideX)) 1589912103.0
Apparently deaths don't count if the patients are elderly or "almost dead."
Listen to him justify the facts about the deaths of patients taking his wonder drug. "They were old. Almost dead." https://t.co/FdG7pMvRAz— My opinion (@My opinion) 1589912705.0
Almost dead ?? This is how he talks about the recipients of HCQ in early trials that passed away? WTF??? https://t.co/jDzt1TJLOg— Suede-Denim Secret Police🔥🌡🧬🧪🧫 (@Suede-Denim Secret Police🔥🌡🧬🧪🧫) 1589924326.0
The president is a sociopath. https://t.co/cujB3W8uJZ— Tim Donaghy (@Tim Donaghy) 1589930290.0
For a deeper look into Trump's bulwark against sense, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.