Bill Barr: Pushback Against Trump’s Coronavirus Drug Equal To ‘Jihad’ Against President
President Donald Trump has been touting a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients. There have been no studies that prove that this drug is effective against the virus causing this global pandemic, but Trump continues to promote its use from the White House podium.
Now, his sycophant Attorney General Bill Barr is basically saying the pushback against Trump telling the general public to use a potentially dangerous, untested drug is some kind of “jihad” against the president.
Of course, “jihad” refers to the idea of Islamic extremists killing people in the name of some twisted version of religion. Given Trump’s track record with his rhetoric on Muslims and his base’s prejudice against them, this is no time to be using such language.
Nonetheless, Barr appeared on Trump-loving Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show and said just that.
Barr declared that Trump has been “very statesmanlike” and that he has been abused with “snarky, gotcha questions from the White House media pool” by the media during his COVID-19 pressers.
Barr says he’s disappointed about partisanship during the pandemic because the President has acted statesmanlike and worked with all the governors while dealing with gotcha questions from the media. He goes on to accuse the media of leading a jihad against Hydroxychloroquine pic.twitter.com/fW2NLDOzB7
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“The stridency of the partisan attacks on him [have] gotten higher and higher. “The politicization of decisions like hydroxychloroquine, it’s been amazing to me.”
“And the fact that it had such a long track record, the risks were pretty well-known.”
“As soon as Trump said something positive about it, the media’s been on a jihad to discredit the drug.”
The drug Trump is touting isn’t safe for everyone. One couple tried Trump’s suggestion by ingesting a form of it that they had in their home to clean fish tanks.
The woman wound up in intensive care, while her husband died.
This is reckless in the extreme, to only care about how Trump looks in the middle of a global pandemic. This is literally killing people. Yet Trump supporters rally on, as their fellow Americans perish.
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