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Is Trump Really Taking a Drug That Could Kill Him? 1

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On Monday, May 19, Trump told reporters that he is taking hydroxychloroquine and another supplement to ward off the coronavirus. That caused a media ruckus because this flies in the face of current science and medical advice and, given that Trump has a heart condition, it might actually kill him. According to sources in the White House, and Trump’s own statement, he started taking these pills every day after being exposed to Covid-19 by one of his military valets, a man who interacted with him daily and served him his food.

Trump claims he had a conversation with the White House doctor about taking this drug as a preventative measure.  The White House doctor verified they had a conversation but not whether he prescribed it for Trump.  You might remember that Trump raised something similar before with Dr. Birx, asking her whether it could be a good idea to ingest Chlorox or use some form of internal radiation to eradicate the virus.  Dr. Birx looked pained at the time.  She knows that ingesting Chlorox could kill you, but Trump really seems dense about this and apparently he does not understand how a cleaning agent that works to eradicate a virus on your hands or on a metal surface could kill a human being who is dumb enough to ingest it.

BREAKING NEWS: Just published in the medical journal, Lancet, a study of 96,000 patients on 6 continents treated with hydroxychloroquine, the drug Trump pushes as a “game changer” in the fight against Covid-19, had a 34% increased risk of death and a 137% increased risk of a serious heart arrhythmia. Patients getting the “cocktail” mix of hydroxychloroquine plus the antibiotic endorsed by Trump there was a 45% increased risk of death and a 411% increase risk of serious heart arrhythmias.  (5/22/20)

Trump’s announcement that he himself has been taking the drug has caused a flurry of responses.

Joe Scarborough (Morning Joe) does not believe Trump is really taking hydroxychloroquine. He thinks Trump is using this bombshell as a distraction.  Chris Cuomo (CNN) agrees with Morning Joe, but these are two men who are logical and do not think like Trump when it comes to fact based evidence.

Neil Cavuto of Fox News was very upset by Trump’s claim and warned viewers NOT to take this medication.  “It will kill you.  I cannot stress this enough”.  Based on a number of studies including one at the VA Hospital, in which numerous patients took the drug and died, hydroxychloroquine might in fact kill you because it increases the risk of heart attack in people with pre-existing conditions.

The medication can have other serious side effects. Hydroxychloroquine may cause neuropsychiatric symptoms, “including agitation, insomnia, confusion, mania, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, catatonia, psychosis, and suicidal ideation.” If Trump is in fact taking this drug, has his internist checked Trump out for his potential to get dangerous side effects?

Nancy Pelosi’s reaction to Trump’s announcement that he has been taking this drug was priceless: “I would rather not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say weight group ‘morbidly obese’ they say.” Nice shade, Nancy.

Joe Biden’s reaction was an eruption of  horrified exclamations: “What is he doing? What in God’s name is he doing?” “This is absolutely irresponsible.” “It’s like saying maybe if you inject Clorox into your blood it may cure you. C’mon, man!” “The words of a president matter.”

Lawrence O’Donnell says he thinks that Trump was just trying to swipe at Dr. Rick Bright. Bright testified before a Senate committee that he was ousted from BARDA as the leading scientist working to develop a vaccine because he refused to green light and fast track hydrocholoquine for extensive use without adequate testing. Well established scientific protocol requires extensive double blind testing to be sure the drug does more good than harm to people with Covid-19. A study in a Veteran’s Hospital ended after a number of Covid patients died of heart attacks after taking hydroxychloroquine.  Trump has brushed that off saying it was a study done by people who did not like him.  What else is new- that idea about things being false because people are out to get him comes right out of Trump’s usual  paranoid playbook.


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