My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, who believes in the QAnon conspiracy theory appeared on AC360 on Tuesday afternoon to discuss his “miracle cure” for COVID19 that he and Ben Carson are “working on”, but it didn’t go as well as he had hoped. Cooper took him to task on every talking point, calling the devoted Trump supporter a “snake oil salesman” for pushing an unproven cure.
“You are not a doctor, you are not a scientist,” Cooper said, talking over Lindell. “How do you sleep at night?”
Anderson Cooper tears into the MyPillow guy for pushing unproven coronavirus therapeutic as a "miracle" cure:
"You have no medical background. You are not a scientist… You are now on the board and going to make money… How are you different than a snake oil salesman?" pic.twitter.com/6cQIn1FYpA
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 18, 2020
Lindell claimed a cure made from the extract oleandrin, which is derived from the deadly oleander plant, “will be approved by the FDA”. Last week, Lindell was added to the board of Phoenix Biotechnology, which makes oleandrin, and received a financial stake in the company.
Donald Trump has already backed this new vaccine, telling reporters he’s “heard about” oleandrin when asked Monday on the White House South Lawn, but still seemed to be in an information-gathering phase.
“We’ll look at it, we’ll look at it, we’re looking at a lot of different things. I will say the FDA has been great. They are very close. We’re very close to a vaccine. Very close to a therapeutic. I have heard that name mentioned, we’ll find out,” Trump said.
While some scientific trials have studied whether oleandrin could treat cancer, AIDS, and congestive heart failure, there is no evidence that it works to treat COVID-19 in humans. As Cooper pointed out to Lindell, Oleandrin has not been approved by the FDA because it does not approve dietary supplements. The FDA says it’s a company’s responsibility to make sure its products are safe and claims are true. The FDA has gone after hundreds of products for making false claims about diagnosing, preventing, or treating Covid-19.