No, I don’t think President Donald Trump believes most of the nonsense and outright lies he tweets and blusters about at rallies.
His daughter, sons, and aides are likely smart enough to realize it’s largely BS, merely more dust tossed in the air to confuse their opponents and persuade their suck ... um, supporters.
The thing is, they don’t care. It’s all part of a big con, a swindle, a piece of the hustle.
The most recent fuss is over a Houston doctor, Stella Immanuel, who has a history of bizarre, unsubstantiated claims. She says hydroxychloroquine can cure coronavirus, a theory with little scientific basis that Trump has made before.
This is what happens with a politician with slumping numbers as an election approaches, eager for a way out of a crisis and not devoted to science, is willing to try any idea. It’s a dangerous way to operate a government in a pandemic.
Still, Trump tweeted a video from Dr. Immanuel, who was in Washington, D.C., on July 27, as part of a “White Coat Summit” with other medical personnel who hold fringe beliefs.
Dr. Immanuel claimed she has used hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and antibacterial medicine Zithromax to treat 350 patients and none have died.
“This virus has a cure,” she said. “You don’t need a mask. There is a cure.”
Dr. Immanuel, who grew more passionate as she spoke in front of a group of reporters, said she gives it to her patients, staff, and colleagues. She takes it herself, she said.
“Nobody needs to die,” Dr. Immanuel said. “It works.”
She blamed “fake pharma companies” for suppressing the drug’s use and said there is no need for further tests. In fact, she said she has been threatened for advocating for its use.
Trump has been a supporter of hydroxychloroquine before, and he is willing to say anything to gain some traction and show voters he is trying to deal with the pandemic he for so long played down. His son, Donald Trump Jr., called Dr. Immanuel’s performance a “must-watch.” Junior’s Twitter account was limited and the videos removed.
It also noted the potential hazards of using hydroxychloroquine.
I found a copy of Dr. Immanuel talking about the drug on YouTube — with a Trump ad attached to it.
Will such ads also appear near reports on some of Dr. Immanuel’s other claims, such as her statement that cysts and endometriosis are caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches?
President Trump retweeted the video and his son declared it a “must-watch.”
How about her claim that alien DNA is being used in medical research, or that researchers are working on a vaccine that will turn people away from religion?
Immanuel also has claimed “reptilians” and other aliens control the government. I doubt Trump believes this — even though he has several people who work for him that might qualify.
He just sees it as a weapon he can use, a card he can play, a way to help close the deal. It’s how he and his team operate.
You may remember a shipment of 180,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine was rushed to South Dakota this spring as Gov. Kristi Noem claimed it was a possible miracle cure.
“From day one, I’ve said we’re going to let the science, facts, and data drive our decision-making in South Dakota,” Noem announced on April 13. “Throughout last week, I communicated with White House officials to let them know that South Dakota’s medical community was ready to step up and lead the way on research efforts. I made direct requests to President Trump and Vice President Pence to supply us with enough hydroxychloroquine so that it could be made available for every hospitalized person the state may have, as well as for those healthcare workers on the frontlines, and those in the most vulnerable populations.”
Turns out, no, it’s not effective.
But that’s not the point.
They are practitioners of Sir Thomas Gresham’s law of bad money replacing good in the marketplace.
“The law holds that bad money drives out good money in circulation,” according to Investiopedia. “Bad money is then the currency that is considered to have equal or less intrinsic value compared to its face value. Meanwhile, good money is currency that is believed to have greater intrinsic value or more potential for greater value than its face value. One basic assumption for the concept is that both currencies are treated as generally acceptable media of exchange, are easily liquid, and available for use simultaneously.”
Trump’s Law is that bad ideas can win out over good ideas if they are repeated often enough. If some people are harmed or killed by taking hydroxychloroquine, well, these things happen.
Trump can say he never said Dr. Immanuel was right, or her claims are correct. It was just another tweet, another idle claim, another way to steer the discussion and try to close the deal.
Because that is what he truly believes in.
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