President Trump retweeted a barrage of tweets Monday night into Tuesday morning that promoted misleading claims about Covid-19 and hydroxychloroquine and called Dr. Anthony Fauci a “fraud” in a dramatic escalation of his rhetoric surrounding the pandemic with messages so dubious Twitter removed four of them from the platform.
The president also retweeted a misleading viral video — after Facebook had removed it from its platform for spreading misinformation — that attacked Fauci, touted the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a “cure,” and claims facemasks and stay-at-home orders are not effective at stopping the virus.
The video was published by Breitbart News on Monday and features a doctor by the name of Stella Immanuel who claims the virus “has a cure called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax” and “you don’t need masks, there is a cure.”
After Trump retweeted the video, Twitter removed it from its platform for violating its rules on Covid-19 misinformation, as well as several other tweets promoting hydroxychloroquine.
In June, the Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine which permitted doctors to prescribe the drug even though it was untested.
“Tweets with the video are in violation of our Covid-19 misinformation policy,” Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley told the Washington Post.
14 million. The amount of times the Breitbart doctor clip was viewed before it was taken down by Facebook Monday evening.
The Washington Post reports that state records show Immanuel, the doctor in the Breitbart clip, received a medical license in Texas last year. She calls herself a herself a “Deliverance Minister” who is “God’s battle axe and weapon of war” in her Twitter bio. In videos online, she has attacked the “gay agenda” and the “demonic new world order.”