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Trump Retweets Video with Doctors Making Claims Such as 'Demons Cause Illnesses'

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Trump Retweets Video with Doctors Making Claims Such as 'Demons Cause Illnesses'

2020-07-30 18:06:55

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Public domain)

 

Donald Trump is trying so hard to sell his narrative that he is pushing the ideas of doctors with beliefs and methods that are very unusual. Worse yet, presented with the information later, he refused to back down from the image he wanted to project, that these are reputable doctors who believe hydroxychloroquine is a cure-all for the coronavirus.

One doctor in particular's statements have been held up to scrutiny. She believes demons cause illnesses and that space alien DNA is being used in modern medicine.

Trump retweeted a video that showed "America's Frontline Doctors" standing on the steps to the Supreme Court. They claim in the video that masks and shutdowns are not necessary to fight COVID-19. This was livestreamed by Breitbart and tweeted and retweeted by the president and his son Donald Trump Jr.

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have all removed placement of the video on their services. Twitter said the video was "in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy."

One of the doctors in the video, Stella Immanuel, claims in the video that hydroxychloroquine is a "cure for COVID." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization contend there is no cure. Hydroxychloroquine has been shown to lead to a quicker death in some studies, causing the Food and Drug Administration to remove emergency approval for it.

Immanuel's Twitter bio describes her as a doctor, author, and speaker, with claims of being "God's battle axe and weapon of war." She says she received her medical degree in Nigeria. Born in Cameroon, she is a registered physician in Texas. She runs a medical clinic and a church called Fire Power Ministries.

The Daily Beast's Will Sommer was the first to look deeper into Immanuel's beliefs. She has said many gynecological issues are the result of having sex with witches and demons in dreams. This is a myth dating back to the "Epic of Gilgamesh," a 4,000-year-old poem. Her belief is that endometriosis, infertility, miscarriages, and STIs are "evil deposits from the spirit husband."

Sommer also wrote that in "a 2015 sermon that laid out a supposed Illuminati plan hatched by 'a witch' to destroy the world using abortion, gay marriage, and children's toys, among other things, Immanuel claimed that DNA from space aliens is currently being used in medicine." Prayers were offered on her website to remove curses that were transmitted through placenta.

Trump addressed the video in a news conference, still pushing that narrative. "I think they're very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular," he said, without specifying which woman. He said of hydroxychloroquine, "I happen to think it works in the early stages."

He was asked why he would trust someone who believes that alien DNA is used in modern medicine and replied, "I thought she was very impressive, in the sense that, from where she came — I don't know what country she comes from — but she said that she's had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her."

Included with Immanuel in the video are ophthalmologist and bitcoin investor James Todaro, one of the earliest supporters of hydroxychloroquine, and Los Angeles-based Simone Gold, a doctor and attorney who claims lockdowns will kill more people than the virus.

She posted a video this week challenging "everyone in D.C.," and specifically calling out "the talking heads on CNN," Dr. Anthony Fauci, and "senators, all of them," to provide her with a urine sample. She claims she can prove they all take hydroxychloroquine and wrote, "Big Tech is censoring experts and suppressing the CURE."

"Hello Facebook put back my profile page and videos up or your computers will start crashing till you do," she tweeted. "You are not bigger that God. I promise you. If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name."

Even Madonna got pulled into this. She posted a video of Immanuel speaking outside the Supreme Court. The caption said a vaccine for COVID-19 has "been found and proven and has been available for months. ... They would rather let fear control the people and let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer." Instagram blurred the video and tagged it as "false information." Later, the pop star deleted the post.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control seemed to want to separate from Immanuel. It tweeted, "Remember, there is NO specific cure," adding, "Some trial drugs show promising results but are yet to be validated for use." Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director general, said people should avoid self-medicating.

Immanuel said in a separate speech in Washington that she first prescribed hydroxychloroquine in her native country.

"I went to medical school in West Africa, Nigeria, where I took care of malaria patients, treated them with hydroxychloroquine and stuff like that." She added, "So I'm used to these medications." 

It's not that Trump believes these outlandish claims of Immanuel. However, it's dangerous that he would push her claims without looking into it more fully, just because she was pushing hydroxychloroquine, and he wants to be right about it.

 

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