In Late Night Tweet Tirade, Trump Again Promotes Debunked Coronavirus Conspiracies
July 28, 2020
As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country and we approach 150,000 deaths, Trump spent his Monday night showing off his apparent “new tone” by tweeting fringe coronavirus conspiracies, promoting dangerous misinformation about the virus, and undermining the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
Late Monday night, Trump tweeted multiple versions of a viral video making dubious claims about hydroxychloroquine that also undermined Dr. Fauci.
Overnight, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube removed the videos Trump retweeted for promoting false information.
CNN: “’We’ve removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19,’ a Facebook spokesperson told CNN, adding that the platform is ‘showing messages in News Feed to people who have reacted to, commented on or shared harmful COVID-19-related misinformation that we have removed, connecting them to myths debunked by the WHO.’”
CNN: “Twitter worked to scrub the video late Monday night after Trump shared versions of the video that amassed hundreds of thousands of views. ‘We’re taking action in line with our Covid misinfo policy,’ a Twitter spokesperson told CNN.”
CNN: “The video was also removed by YouTube, where it had been viewed more than 40,000 times. Users attempting to access the video late Monday were greeted with a message that said it had been removed for ‘violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.’”
Dr. Fauci again pushed back on Trump’s promotion of an unproven drug while warning that the White House was painting an inaccurate picture of ongoing challenges with testing and PPE.
NBC News: “Fauci reiterated that the ‘overwhelming prevailing clinical trials’ that have looked at the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it’s ‘not effective’ in treating the coronavirus.”
ABC News: “Fauci was pressed to explain why, months after COVID-19 first reached U.S. soil, the U.S. government is still struggling to provide adequate testing for Americans and sufficient personal protective gear for essential workers. ‘We keep hearing when we go to these task force meetings that these [issues] are being corrected,’ Fauci said. ‘But yet when you go into the trenches, you still hear about that.’”
Trump and his advisors have routinely pushed hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus, despite various studies finding that the drug does not treat or prevent coronavirus.
Washington Post: “Multiple studies have disputed claims that antimalarial and antiviral drugs like hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and chloroquine can help treat or even prevent the coronavirus. Last month, the FDA revoked an emergency approval that allowed doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to covid-19 patients even though the treatment was untested.”