Remember when Donald Trump called wearing a mask “patriotic?” There were also reports that he was taking the pandemic more seriously (or at least that’s where some of his staff seemed to be steering him).
That didn’t last long. Over the last 24 hours, he has resorted back to conspiracy theories, bashing experts, and backtracking on whether masks work. Most of it came through retweets, none more controversial than a video that a viral video that showed a questionable group of doctors making some bizarre, unproven, and debunked claims about coronavirus. A big point of the video was to, once again, falsely tout hydroxychloroquine as a miracle cure.
Trump shared the video — which claims that face masks and lockdowns are not needed to stop the disease — as he shared 14 tweets over a half-hour span defending the use of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug that the president has repeatedly promoted.
This new conspiracy theory about hydroxychloroquine was made by a doctor that The Daily Beast reports has made other medical claims “about alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams.”
The nation’s top infectious disease specialist responded to this today on “Good Morning America.”
Dr. Fauci also responded to a Trump retweet overnight that accused him of spreading misleading information. He said, “I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.”