The “Trump is all about Trump” maxim goes a long way to discussing his obsessive beer-funneling of a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine down the gullets of COVID-19 victims.
So far, there have actually been two public appearances by Trump that have genuinely rattled me. There was his seemingly unlimited and deeply troubling CPAC address in early March of 2019: a herky-jerky, stream-of-consciousness creepshow — a Willy Wonka ride into the dark, twisted world of Trump’s significantly haunted and lunatic brain. I’ve never ever seen a governmental speech more harrowing and unnerving than that one … up until the Saturday, April 4, episode of the Trump Program.
There was one specific portion of Saturday’s fact-free campaign commercial, aired throughout all the significant networks, that equaled anything from his CPAC remarks of more than a year ago. About an hour into Trump’s delusional effort to frame himself as skilled, the president craned his head forward and, utilizing a high-pitched whisper-voice, begged COVID-19 victims to take hydroxychloroquine as if his life depended on it.
It was one of the most bizarre minutes not simply in the history of this unsteady wacky-shack presidency, however in the entire history of presidential politics. Trump’s pupils were dilated, punctuating his bugged-out eyes and, as typical, his hands were flapping back and forth as if to capture an undetectable accordion to the tune of a dissonant polka played at half speed. The sound of his voice might best be compared with a greasy Aqualung weirdo in an unmarked van coaxing children into the back with the pledge of sweet bars if they acquiesce.
“What do you have to lose?” the president justified in that out of breath tone, “I’ll state it again: What do you have to lose? Take it. I actually believe they ought to take it. However it’s their option and it’s their physician’s choice, or the physicians in the hospital. However hydroxychloroquine — try it, if you’d like.”
Here is Trump offering potentially deadly medical advice in bizarre, hushed tones pic. twitter.com/acOCdJ9I9M
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 4, 2020
There was much more to it, and the text alone doesn’t do justice to the freakishness of the moment. But as I seen the president disintegrating into a cartoonish back-alley drug dealer from a 1980 s after-school unique, two thoughts happened to me: 1) We’re entirely screwed if this shell of a man is re-elected, and 2) Why is he so consumed with selling this malaria drug?
The corollary to the “Trump only cares about Trump” rule is that he’s done absolutely nothing to make the advantage of the doubt, so our unfavorable assumptions about his motives ought to be considered precise till proven otherwise. As I’ve stated from the beginning, I definitely hope I’m incorrect about Trump, however so far, he’s proved numerous of my worst issues about his poseur presidency to be real. So, in this case, if Trump’s pushing an unproven remedy with this much vigor, then he’s extremely likely benefiting financially somehow.
Trump is always engaged in one con or another, so he’s definitely wired for a rip-off like this. And the recession 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 discovered the other day that the Trumps are laying off 1,500 employees, an joblessness bloodbath, while closing 17 locations — primarily hotels and restaurants. Also, 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 money.
So Trump’s organisations are under pressure like everyone else’s, inspiring him to grab whatever money is nearby. Obviously there’s excellent money in pharmaceuticals.
The top manufacturer of hydroxychloroquine is Novartis. Back in early 2017, soon after the inauguration, Novartis concurred 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 money payouts were sent to Cohen’s shell business, Essential Consultants, which was likewise a deemed slush fund for Trump. You might recall that the president utilized Vital Consultants 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 openly.
All informed, Novartis paid Trump more than a million dollars throughout the year-long agreement, paid out through Cohen’s dubious business. Novartis is one of the primary manufacturers of hydroxychloroquine. Two-plus-two equals “what do you have to lose?”
All this is just for beginners. The concern now is whether Trump has got in into another contract 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 thought about yet. It’s tough to tell at this point, however the history is there. The gamers, including Cohen and Novartis, have admitted openly and asked forgiveness.
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 against COVID-19. In fact, it might have serious side results — 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 just put on’t understand. But there’s a lot to lose for those who might experience a series of horrendous side impacts — taking the incorrect medication for the incorrect health problem has a tendency to do that. Understanding all this, it’s ridiculous that the U.S. government under Trump has already invested in 29 million pills, absent any clear details that they’re helpful against the existing plague.
No marvel Trump wouldn’t enable Dr. Anthony Fauci, of the National Institute of Allergic reaction and Contagious Diseases, to answer a reporter’s question about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine during Sunday’s Trump Show. He understood that Fauci might, at the really least, oppose Trump’s drug-dealer-ish rationalizations, and, as you know, coffee’s for closers.
Meanwhile, we found out on Monday that the White Home COVID-19 task force erupted into an argument over the drug just recently, with economic advisor Peter Navarro presenting Trump with numerous substandard research studies that Fauci observed were “anecdotal” and unscientific, largely due to the lack of control groups. Who need to we think? The researcher with 40 years of experience in his present role, or Trump and Navarro, two men with zero experience in science, one of whom has a recognized history of taking money from the one of the drug’s primary makers? The response is apparent to anyone exterior the Trump death cult. However as Amanda Marcotte wrote 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 real professional to win the debate over Trump’s snake oil.
In case you’re questioning why the United States has the greatest number of COVID-19 victims around the world, and nearly 11,000 deaths as of Tuesday early morning, it might be because the president has actually prioritized his side hustle over in fact doing the task, non-stop pitching an unverified drug like the world’s most annoying late-night infomercial host. To be clear, he’s never been capable of doing the job in the first place, so his numerous side hustles are all he’s got. Subsequently, he’s wedging his cumbersome bulk in between doctors and clients, urging individuals without medical degrees to second-guess the specialists.
Trump’s No. 1 top priority 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. Possibly it’s to own the libs, perhaps it’s so Trump can get paid. Either way, take it. It’ll make you feel excellent and all the cool kids are doing it. However if it doesn’t work and you die, it’ll be somebody else’s fault. What do you have to lose?