Donald Trump just cares about Donald Trump. He doesn’t care about you or the country. He only cares about making use of this crisis to bail out his business and to get himself re-elected, consequently protecting himself from a series of indictments that surely wait for him if he loses. The earlier we welcome this easily-observable reality about Trump, the better geared up we’ll be to evaluate his choices throughout these overlapping health and financial calamities.
The “Trump is all about Trump” maxim goes a long method to describing his obsessive beer-funneling of a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine down the craws of COVID-19 victims.
So far, there have been two public appearances by Trump that have really rattled me. There was his apparently limitless and deeply troubling CPAC address in early March of 2019: a herky-jerky, stream-of-consciousness creepshow — a Willy Wonka flight into the dark, twisted world of Trump’s progressively haunted and lunatic brain. I’ve never seen a presidential speech more harrowing and unnerving than that one … until the Saturday, April 4, episode of the Trump Show.
There was one particular portion of Saturday’s fact-free project business, aired across all the major networks, that matched anything from his CPAC remarks of more than a year back. About an hour into Trump’s delusional effort to frame himself as skilled, the president craned his head forward and, using a high-pitched whisper-voice, pled COVID-19 victims to take hydroxychloroquine as if his life depended on it.
It was one of the most unusual moments not just in the history of this shaky wacky-shack presidency, however in the entire history of presidential politics. Trump’s students were dilated, stressing his bugged-out eyes and, as normal, his hands were flapping back and forth as if to squeeze an invisible accordion to the tune of a dissonant polka played at half speed. The noise of his voice might best be compared with a greasy Aqualung weirdo in an unmarked van coaxing children into the back with the guarantee of candy bars if they acquiesce.
“What do you have to lose?” the president justified in that breathless tone, “I’ll say it once again: What do you have to lose? Take it. I truly think they must take it. However it’s their choice and it’s their medical professional’s option, or the doctors in the medical facility. However hydroxychloroquine — try it, if you’d like.”
There was much more to it, and the text alone doesn’t do justice to the freakishness of the minute. But as I viewed the president disintegrating into a cartoonish back-alley drug dealership from a 1980 s after-school unique, two ideas took place to me: 1) We’re entirely screwed if this shell of a guy is re-elected, and 2) Why is he so consumed with selling this malaria drug?
The corollary to the “Trump just cares about Trump” guideline is that he’s done absolutely nothing to earn the advantage of the doubt, so our negative presumptions about his motives ought to be considered accurate till proven otherwise. As I’ve said from the starting, I absolutely hope I’m wrong about Trump, but so far, he’s showed many of my worst concerns about his poseur presidency to be true. So, in this case, if Trump’s pushing an unproven remedy with this much vigor, then he’s very likely benefiting financially somehow.
Trump is constantly engaged in one con or another, so he’s certainly wired for a rip-off like this. And the decline in the economy due to the pandemic has reached the books of the Trump Company where Eric Trump and Donald Jr. are racing around like the Skipper and Gilligan struggling to guide the USS Minnow out of that freak Pacific storm. We found out the other day that the Trumps are laying off 1,500 workers, an joblessness bloodbath, while closing 17 locations — generally hotels and restaurants. Likewise, the Trumps are desperately begging their financial institutions to back off, financial institutions that consist of Deutsche Bank and Palm Beach County, to whom the Trump Organization owes a stack of cash.
So Trump’s companies are under pressure like everybody else’s, motivating him to grab whatever money is close by. Obviously there’s good cash in pharmaceuticals.
The top manufacturer of hydroxychloroquine is Novartis. Back in early 2017, soon after the inauguration, Novartis agreed to pay Michael Cohen, Trump’s previous attorney-slash-fixer, $100,000 per month for lobbying gain access to to the brand-new president. The cash payments were sent to Cohen’s shell business, Necessary Professionals, which was also a considered slush fund for Trump. You may recall that the president utilized Vital Professionals as an intermediary for alleged hush-money payments to adult movie star Stormy Daniels. Certainly, some of those checks were signed by Trump while in the White Home.
And no, this isn’t some kooky conspiracy to frame Trump. Novartis executives admitted to lobbying Trump with money payments after they, along with AT&T and a number of others, were exposed publicly.
All told, Novartis paid Trump more than a million dollars throughout the year-long contract, paid out through Cohen’s dubious company. Novartis is one of the main manufacturers of hydroxychloroquine. Two-plus-two equates to “what do you have to lose?”
All this is simply for starters. The concern now is whether Trump has went into into another arrangement with a various pharmaceutical corporation, or whether Trump is priming the pump for a renewal of the old one with Novartis. There might be another angle we haven’t considered yet. It’s tough to tell at this point, but the history is there. The players, including Cohen and Novartis, have confessed publicly and apologized.
Trump is dealing with this drug like he’s the nationwide representative, paid on commission, yet to date there is no peer-reviewed evidence that hydroxychloroquine in fact works versus COVID-19. In reality, it could have serious side effects — contradicting Trump’s whispery, “What do you have to lose?” pitch. Of course it’s possible that Dr. Trump’s snake oil might work for some patients. We simply wear’t understand. However there’s a lot to lose for those who may experience a series of horrendous side effects — taking the incorrect medication for the wrong illness has a tendency to do that. Knowing all this, it’s ridiculous that the U.S. federal government under Trump has already invested in 29 million pills, absent any clear details that they’re useful against the existing afflict.
No wonder Trump wouldn’t enable Dr. Anthony Fauci, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illness, to response a press reporter’s concern about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine during Sunday’s Trump Show. He understood that Fauci might, at the very least, oppose Trump’s drug-dealer-ish justifications, and, as you understand, coffee’s for closers.
Meanwhile, we discovered on Monday that the White Home COVID-19 task force erupted into an argument over the drug recently, with financial advisor Peter Navarro providing Trump with a number of substandard research studies that Fauci observed were “anecdotal” and unscientific, largely due to the lack of control groups. Who should we believe? The researcher with 40 years of experience in his current function, or Trump and Navarro, 2 people with no experience in science, one of whom has a known history of taking money from the one of the drug’s primary producers? The response is apparent to anyone outside the Trump death cult. However as Amanda Marcotte composed on Monday, the Trump group could be setting up Fauci as a scapegoat for this whole pandemic, in all this, so we shouldn’t anticipate the actual specialist to win the dispute over Trump’s snake oil.
In case you’re wondering why the United States has the biggest number of COVID-19 victims worldwide, and nearly 11,000 deaths as of Tuesday morning, it might be since the president has prioritized his side hustle over in fact doing the task, relentlessly pitching an unverified drug like the world’s most annoying late-night infomercial host. To be clear, he’s never ever been capable of doing the task in the first place, so his numerous side hustles are all he’s got. Subsequently, he’s wedging his troublesome bulk between physicians and patients, prompting individuals without medical degrees to second-guess the specialists.
Trump’s No. 1 concern is always Trump, and he’s turning hydroxychloroquine into the brand-new “freedom fries.” If you’re a member of the cult, you’re being commanded to take the drug. Perhaps it’s to own the libs, perhaps it’s so Trump can get paid. Either method, take it. It’ll make you feel good and all the cool kids are doing it. However if it doesn’t work and you die, it’ll be someone else’s fault. What do you have to lose?