The corollary to the “Trump just cares about Trump” guideline is that he’s done nothing to earn the benefit of the doubt, so our unfavorable presumptions about his motives ought to be thought about precise till proven otherwise. As I’ve stated from the starting, I definitely hope I’m wrong about Trump, but so far, he’s showed numerous of my worst concerns about his poseur presidency to be true. So, in this case, if Trump’s pressing an unproven remedy with this much vitality, then he’s really likely benefiting financially in some way.
Trump is always engaged in one con or another, so he’s certainly wired for a fraud like this. And the downturn in the economy due to the pandemic has reached the books of the Trump Organization where Eric Trump and Donald Jr. are racing around like the Skipper and Gilligan having a hard time 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 areas — primarily hotels and restaurants. Also, the Trumps are desperately begging their financial institutions to back off, financial institutions that include Deutsche Bank and Palm Beach County, to whom the Trump Organization owes a stack of cash.
So Trump’s companies are under pressure like everyone else’s, encouraging him to grab whatever cash is close by. Obviously there’s good cash in pharmaceuticals.
The top producer of hydroxychloroquine is Novartis. Back in early 2017, quickly 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 cash payments were sent to Cohen’s shell company, Vital Professionals, which was also a reputed slush fund for Trump. You may recall that the president used Necessary Consultants as an intermediary for alleged hush-money payments to adult movie star Stormy Daniels. Undoubtedly, 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 cash payments after they, along with AT&T and numerous others, were exposed publicly.
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 main makers of hydroxychloroquine. Two-plus-two equals “what do you have to lose?”
All this is just for starters. The concern now is whether Trump has entered 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 may be another angle we sanctuary’t thought about yet. It’s challenging to inform at this point, however the history is there. The gamers, consisting of Cohen and Novartis, have confessed openly and apologized.
Trump is dealing with this drug like he’s the nationwide spokesperson, paid on commission, yet to date there is no peer-reviewed evidence that hydroxychloroquine in fact works versus COVID-19. In fact, it could have serious side impacts — 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 clients. We just put on’t know. However there’s a lot to lose for those who may experience a series of horrendous side results — taking the incorrect medication for the incorrect health problem has a propensity 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 useful against the current plague.
No marvel Trump wouldn’t allow Dr. Anthony Fauci, of the National Institute of Allergy and Transmittable Diseases, to response a press reporter’s concern about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine throughout Sunday’s Trump Program. He knew that Fauci may, at the extremely least, contradict Trump’s drug-dealer-ish rationalizations, and, as you understand, coffee’s for closers.
Meanwhile, we found out on Monday that the White House COVID-19 task force emerged into an argument over the drug just recently, with financial consultant Peter Navarro providing Trump with a number of shoddy research studies that Fauci observed were “anecdotal” and unscientific, largely due to the lack of control groups. Who ought to we believe? The researcher with 40 years of experience in his existing 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 main makers? The answer is apparent to anybody outside the Trump death cult. However as Amanda Marcotte wrote on Monday, the Trump team could be setting up Fauci as a scapegoat for this whole pandemic, in all this, so we shouldn’t expect the actual expert to win the dispute over Trump’s snake oil.
In case you’re questioning why the United States has the biggest number of COVID-19 victims around the world, and nearly 11,000 deaths as of Tuesday morning, it might be since 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 irritating late-night infomercial host. To be clear, he’s never ever been capable of doing the task in the first location, so his different side hustles are all he’s got. Subsequently, he’s wedging his troublesome bulk in between physicians and clients, prompting people without medical degrees to second-guess the specialists.
Trump’s No. 1 priority is constantly Trump, and he’s turning hydroxychloroquine into the 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 excellent and all the cool kids are doing it. But if it doesn’t work and you die, it’ll be someone else’s fault. What do you have to lose?