Mark Levin Tries To Promote Hydroxychloroquine With Obama Prescription Photo — Fails Completely
Right-wing commentator Mark Levin shared a photo on Twitter promoting hydroxychloroquine. The image is of a prescription bottle labled for former President Barack Obama, and Levin doesn’t say outright what exactly he’s intending to prove. However, social media users piled on to point out a number of logical flaws — the biggest of which may be that it’s not even a hydroxychloroquine prescription.
The tweet below from Mark Levin appears to address a classic strawman by proving hydroxychloroquine safe and effective. However, it misses a lot of major points. First, no one is suggesting that the drug isn’t safe and effective for its approved use — prevention of, and treatment for, malaria. (The bottle actually directs the user to start taking it two days before arrival in a malaria-affected area.) Also, the bottle shown didn’t actually contain hydroxychloroquine at all, but atovaquone-proguanil — a different malaria prophylaxis. (Here’s the CDC on some different options for malaria prevention, including both of these.)
The tweet went viral over the weekend, and Twitter users piled on to point out how far it missed its mark — whatever exactly that was.
Vox reporter Aaron Rupar pointed out that the only thing the tweet really purported to prove was that the medication has been around a while.
Nearly 18,000 retweets on this huge scoop about hydroxychloroquine existing before Covid-19 did https://t.co/sApL8GbIH5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 13, 2020
As others pointed out, since the label actually names a completely different medication, it didn’t even reach that low bar.
Tha'ts not even hydroxycholoroquine.
How in the world did Levin get access to Obama's medications? Did he stalk him and dig through his garbage?
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) July 13, 2020
And it’s a bottle of Malarone (completely different medication).
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) July 13, 2020
Others pointed out that even if Obama was taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent malaria, this didn’t prove anything about the medication’s safety and efficacy for a virus that didn’t even exist yet at that point.
OMG IT'S SHOCKING THAT HE WAS PRESCRIBED AN ANTI-MALARIAL MEDICATION WHEN HE WAS GOING TO AN AREA WITH MALARIA!!!
THANK YOU, MARK, FOR YOUR SERVICE!
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) July 13, 2020
Hydroxychloroquine has been proven effective for Malaria since 1955. It has NOT, at least yet, been proven effective for COVID-19.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) July 13, 2020
Dumbass….besides the fact that hydroxychloroquine is a real medicine used for real purposes (to prevent malaria, thus required for traveling to certain countries) this *isn't hydroxychloroquine!* It's Malarone – a *different* antimalarial that no one has suggested for COVID.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 13, 2020
Also, a lot of people fixed on the creep factor:
How and why do you have a bottle of medication that doesn’t belong to you?
— feminist next door (@emrazz) July 13, 2020
How often were you digging thru Obama’s garbage?
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) July 13, 2020