There have been no shortage of wild and unbelievable conspiracy theories floating around in the mainstream media these days, many of which seem aimed at blaming Donald Trump for the destruction caused by COVID-19.
This is absurd, of course, as this global pandemic is something that Trump can only react to, in the same manner as other world leaders have done. Thanks to China’s incomplete data, the world-at-large was widely unprepared for the devastation to come. Whether this informational manipulation was nefarious or negligent has yet to be fully adjudicated, but there’s no doubt that an effort to get to the bottom of that question will be coming soon.
But still, this will somehow be President Trump’s fault – one way or another.
One mainstream media host is attempting to tie the President to the makers of an anti-malarial drug that has been pondered for us in COVID-19 cases, believing that they can paint the President’s hopefulness as greed.
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski suggested President Trump has a “financial tie” to hydroxychloroquine on Monday because he has repeatedly promoted the drug as a possible treatment for coronavirus.
Co-host Joe Scarborough pondered aloud why Trump has “pushed an unproven drug” when Brzezinski made the claim.
“A lot of people would say, follow the money. There’s got to be some sort of financial tie to someone, somewhere that has the president pushing this repeatedly,” Brzezinski said.
This ridiculous claim has been challenged already.
Media Research Center contributing editor Mark Finkelstein wrote that Brzezinski’s comment is “perhaps the most explosive accusation yet against President Trump made by a liberal media member regarding the coronavirus” pandemic.
“Mika must be immediately challenged to produce whatever evidence she might have in support of her explosive claim. To accuse the President of the United States of outright corruption in the midst of the greatest crisis in the lives of most Americans, is a libel most vile unless she can substantiate it,” Finkelstein wrote.
One has to wonder if this speculation is harmful or helpful during this time of crisis.
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