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Opinion Why Is The Right So Obsessed With Hydroxychloroquine?

12:26  02 august  2020
12:26  02 august  2020 Source:   thedailybeast.com

Seth Meyers Can't Get Over the Trump Family's Obsession With Hydroxychloroquine (Video)

  Seth Meyers Can't Get Over the Trump Family's Obsession With Hydroxychloroquine (Video) We've only been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for about four-and-a-half months, but we're already getting reruns. Donald Trump is back on his hydroxychloroquine deal, and the social media story of the week so far is that conservatives shared a video full of false claims, like that masks don't help and hydroxychloroquine is a "cure" for COVID-19 — and then the video was taken down by every major platform, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. And of course Seth Meyers had to spend "A Closer Look" ranting about it on Wednesday. "All the studies tell us hydroxychloroquine doesn't work, and pushing it is dangerous.

Here in Brazil, our stupid president has been trying to prescribe Hydroxychloroquine to people, even though there's no scientific basis that it works at all. People who support Bolsonaro have been selling Hydroxychloroquine illegally on the streets, some drug traffickers have started to distribute it to

French hospital halts hydroxychloroquine treatment study due to cardiac side effects. What do you have to lose? Your life. Anonymous asked in Politics & Government. Politics · 3 days ago. Why is Trump obsessed with hydroxychloroquine ? Is it money or does he need a miracle?

This week:

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  • Why Trump supporters are so crazy for hydroxychloroquine
  • Leading libel attorney posts QAnon hashtag, explains himself
  • Sebastian Gorka talks some trash.

The Political Point of Hydroxychloroquine

The Trump administration’s quest for the supposed hydroxychloroquine miracle cure hit another speed bump last week.

Bolsonaro announces that he is now negative for the new coronavirus

 Bolsonaro announces that he is now negative for the new coronavirus © Provided by Le Point Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Saturday that he had tested negative for the new coronavirus, after being diagnosed positive on July 7, a cure he attributes to his treatment with hydroxychloroquine. Mr. Bolsonaro made the announcement on his Twitter account after undergoing a retest. "RT-PCR for SARS-CoV 2: negative. Good day everyone," he wrote, accompanied by a photo of himself smiling, thumbing up and showing a box of hydroxychloroquine, at breakfast.

Hydroxychloroquine helped Covid-19 patients, a study in Detroit found. The Henry Ford team said they believe their findings show hydroxychloroquine could be potentially useful as a "It's important to note that in the right settings, this potentially could be a lifesaver for patients," Dr. Steven Kalkanis

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause abnormal heart rhythms such as QT interval prolongation and a dangerously rapid heart rate called ventricular tachycardia.

Initially, a group of doctors organized by the Tea Party Patriots scored a viral hit Monday with a press conference outside the Supreme Court lambasting conventional wisdom on the coronavirus and praising the unproven drug. Video of Texas Dr. Stella Immanuel praising hydroxychloroquine and bashing mask-wearing earned presidential retweets and more than 13 million views on Facebook before it was taken off the platform.

But Immanuel’s usefulness as the face of hydroxychloroquine faded after Right Richter pointed out that she also believes, among other things, that real-life medical problems are caused by sex with demons and that alien DNA can be used in medical treatments.

Other doctors at the press conference had plenty of issues themselves. One, for example, produced a comically flawed study on the coronavirus’ prevalence in California. Nevertheless, Trump wouldn’t back down in his crusade to give them a platform, calling Immanuel an “important voice” on the virus response.

Trump doubles down on hydroxychloroquine, praises doctor in viral video

  Trump doubles down on hydroxychloroquine, praises doctor in viral video President Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his defense of using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, despite substantial medical evidence disproving its effectiveness, saying he believed the debate about it had become "very political." He also spoke warmly of a doctor featured in a video he retweeted overnight Monday that touted the controversial drug as a treatment for the coronavirus. The video, which also claimed people didn't need to wearHe also spoke warmly of a doctor featured in a video he retweeted overnight Monday that touted the controversial drug as a treatment for the coronavirus.

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), sold under the brand name Plaquenil among others, is a medication used to prevent and treat malaria in areas where malaria remains sensitive to chloroquine.

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and CNN's medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen discuss a new study that shows seriously ill Covid-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine , a drug touted by President Donald Trump to treat the virus, were more likely to die or develop dangerous heart arrhythmias.

Why the fixation on hydroxychloroquine at all costs?

For the vast majority of Trump supporters, of course, the drug represents the possibility that COVID-19 can be successfully treated and the deaths stopped. But there’s also a political benefit: portraying hydroxychloroquine as a forbidden cure allows pro-Trump media to blame anyone but Trump for the coronavirus disaster. In this telling, COVID-19 could have been cured months ago with hydroxychloroquine, if only the Democrats, the media, and Dr. Anthony Fauci would have listened to Trump!

Mega-popular right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, for example, has portrayed the opposition to hydroxychloroquine as an anti-Trump plot.

“We’ve got people in this country doing their level best to destroy it, to scare people into not using it,” Limbaugh said on Monday.

This angle became a little clearer Thursday, when Herman Cain died of COVID-19 a month after he attended Trump’s maskless Tulsa rally. Cain’s death, in theory, should have brought home the coronavirus’ seriousness to the hardcore Trump faithful who have refused to wear masks.

White House testing czar: 'I can't recommend' hydroxychloroquine

  White House testing czar: 'I can't recommend' hydroxychloroquine White House coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday that he "can't recommend" hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 in an apparent contradiction of President Trump's support of the drug. Giroir, a Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that hydroxychloroquine "looked very promising" at first, but five studies have now found that the anti-malarial drug does not help COVID-19 patients.

What is the deal with hydroxychloroquine , you ask? Hydroxychloroquine , the less toxic version, is an appealing option mainly because it’s an off-the-shelf drug. Companies know how to make it, there are low-cost generic versions available, and the drug has already been tested and approved for use

Hydroxychloroquine is safe for malaria, and conditions like lupus or arthritis, but no clinical trials have recommended its use for treating Covid-19. On Monday, officials at the UN health agency said hydroxychloroquine would be removed from those trials pending a safety assessment.

Instead, The Gateway Pundit knew who was to blame: Anthony Fauci, for opposing hydroxychloroquine!

“Is Dr. Fauci to Blame for Herman Cain’s Death?” the far-right website asked.

“Herman Cain’s death is tragic,” Gateway Pundit boss Jim Hoft wrote. “It is too early to know what happened with his treatment. But it is clear that Dr. Fauci, the tech giants, and the liberal media are to blame for THOUSANDS of coronavirus deaths.”

As the death toll continues to mount, hydroxychloroquine’s value as a distraction from the administration’s own failures will likely only increase.

Big-Time Lawyer Says He’s Not Into QAnon — But He’ll Keep the Hashtag

Famed libel lawyer Lin Wood recently added QAnon hashtag #WWG1WGA to his Twitter bio, raising the possibility that one of the country’s most famous attorneys had become red-pilled on the ever-growing conspiracy theory.

I had to know: is Lin Wood a QAnon guy now?

Wood, who rose to fame representing wrongly accused Atlanta Olympics bombing suspect Richard Jewell and recently represented Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann in now-settled lawsuits against CNN and the Washington Post, says the QAnon hashtag in his bio doesn’t mean he’s a QAnon guy.

Ohio Bans Hydroxychloroquine For Coronavirus Treatment as State Records One of Highest Days for New Cases

  Ohio Bans Hydroxychloroquine For Coronavirus Treatment as State Records One of Highest Days for New Cases Hydroxychloroquine has been touted as a treatment and preventative measure for COVID-19 by President Donald Trump.A new regulation came into effect on Thursday that prohibits pharmacies, clinics and other medical institutions from dispensing or selling hydroxychloroquine, and the related drug chloroquine, for these purposes, although there are certain exceptions, for example, if the prescription is for a pet or the board's director approves a specific case.

Doctor explains why hydroxychloroquine study is so concerning. The decision was made after an observational study published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet described how seriously ill Covid-19 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were more likely to die.

Because the science is crystal clear that Hydroxychloroquine when administered at early onset has significant prophylaxis effect as evidenced by the research And it strongly suggests the "HCQ doesn't work for this" is the right side? Why are Republicans and Trump obsessed with touting its efficacy?

“I’ve had people reference QAnon,” Wood said. “I’m not sure exactly what QAnon is.”

Instead, Wood says he’s just a big-time supporter of Gen. Michael Flynn. Flynn nodded towards his QAnon fans on July 4 when he filmed himself and his family taking the “QAnon oath” and finishing by saying “Where we go one, we go all.”

Wood watched the video and decided he liked the sound of that, he said. Wood also likes that the phrase reportedly appeared on the bell of a yacht owned by John F. Kennedy.

“I saw a video where they took that oath: ‘Where we go one, we go all,’” Wood said. “That’s why I put it up on my Twitter page.”

Wood said he’s not a QAnon believer, Twitter symbolism aside.

“I have some theories about the events of the present time, but I’m not a formal member of any type of group,” Wood said.

You can see Wood’s use of QAnon symbolism without apparently signing on for the whole arrest-the-cannibal-Democrats mythos that make up QAnon’s actual belief system as good news, or you can see it as bad news. On one hand, maybe QAnon is getting so diluted down that people are signing on without knowing what it’s about. On the other, maybe people like Wood are accidentally legitimizing it—and helping QAnon seep further into all our lives!

If it’s any indication, Wood said he hasn’t even seen any of the “clues” that make up the basis of QAnon.

Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr's account over COVID-19 video

  Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr's account over COVID-19 video Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr's account over COVID-19 video(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had reined in access to Donald Trump Jr's account for 12 hours because a tweet he had posted violated the social media site's misinformation policy on COVID-19.

“I’ve never looked at a clue from QAnon, and I take my clues from Jesus Christ,” Wood said.

How the Gorka Sausage Gets Made

Like his old boss, former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka prides himself on his putdowns.

No story about Gorka is complete without him telling someone to lick a lamp pole in freezing temperatures, get a real job, or, when words fail Gorka, just shoving them. But I recently discovered that Gorka puts a lot of effort into his rude persona—maybe too much.

On Wednesday, Gorka claimed on his radio show that a man at a 7-Eleven had threatened to shoot him if he didn’t put a mask on. Gorka’s would-be assailant had only fled after Gorka talked tough to him and pulled out his cellphone, later reporting the incident to police.

Surely, I figured, Gorka would want to get the word out about gun-waving mask maniacs. And what a coincidence that a violent incident that hits the center of the national zeitgeist and confirms Gorka’s audience’s politics happened to a nationally syndicated radio host!

When I asked Gorka for more info so I could get a copy of the police incident report about the threat, he wasn’t thrilled.

“Will your’e (sic) a sad little snowflake,” Gorka wrote back in an email. “Go give some gratification to one of your Democrat masters.”

That’s about what I expected, even if the brush-off was a little unimaginative for roastmaster general Gorka. But then things took a turn.

Gorka, who blocked my phone number years ago, called me from another number an hour later to berate me a bit more.

“I’ve got a little quote for you, you sad pathetic little snowflake,” Gorka said, telling me to get a pencil to get his quote down.

Flouting scientific evidence, White House trade adviser defends debunked covid treatment

  Flouting scientific evidence, White House trade adviser defends debunked covid treatment But he declined to address Trump’s praise for a Houston-area physician who falsely touted the antimalarial medication as a coronavirus cure.But he declined to address President Donald Trump’s praise for a Houston-area physician who falsely touted the antimalarial medication as a coronavirus cure and has promoted other conspiracy theories related to alien DNA and demon sperm.

“Go and stick your head in a bucket of eels,” Gorka said.

I asked Gorka to repeat himself, just for fun.

“Stick your head in a bucket of eels,” he said again.

Then he hung up, right as I asked him why he couldn’t offer any proof the 7-Eleven incident actually happened.

At the time, I figured Gorka just felt bad that his first insult wasn’t that clever, stewed over it for a bit, then called to make sure I got his sharper one. But it turns out that Gorka was prank-calling me for his radio show, in a sort of MAGA Crank Yankers. Later that day, a satisfied Gorka played the clip for his audience, the vast majority of whom must have been completely baffled.

What does this bizarre episode say? For one, it’s probably a sign Gorka has a little too much time on his hands. But more broadly, it suggests a kind of touchiness in Trumpworld, as  it’s hard to imagine Gorka taking time to prank call me back when the president and his coterie were ascendant, for example.

As for the famous 7-Eleven showdown, Gorka still hasn’t offered proof it actually happened. If you witnessed an unflappable, unmasked Sebastian Gorka stare down a crazed pro-mask vigilante at a convenience store, let me know on Twitter at @willsommer!

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Scientists say it's time to stop promoting hydroxychloroquine .
“There is no reason to keep talking about hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19."“There is no reason to keep talking about hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19,” Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease physician at Emory University School of Medicine, told NBC News. “It does not work for treatment or for prevention. I have no idea why there is still talk about it, but it’s wrong.

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