President Trump Battles Democrats and the Media on Chloroquine Treatment

President Trump Battles Democrats and the Media on Chloroquine Treatment

Patrick Howley
April 1, 2020

President Donald J. Trump is racing against the clock to find medical solutions for the Coronavirus as millions of Americans find themselves voluntarily or compulsorily quarantined. But the mainstream media, following the globalist political establishment, is fighting tooth and nail to shut down Trump’s treatments.

Trump has touted Chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial pharmaceutical drug spotlighted by news anchor Tucker Carlson, as a potential treatment for suffering Coronavirus victims. 

On Sunday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine to treat Coronavirus, marking a significant regulatory victory for President Trump, who put himself on the line to promote and kick off clinical testing. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) affirmed that Chloroquine can now be “distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible.” The Sandoz and Bayer pharmaceutical companies donated at least 31 million combined doses to the Trump administration’s National Strategic Stockpile of medical supplies, which was left seriously depleted of n95 face masks by the previous Obama administration.

Chloroquine’s FDA approval spells hopeful news for patients nationwide, including in states where Democrat governors are cracking down on prescribing the medication. Federal precedent holds that individual states cannot ban the sale or the use of an FDA-approved drug. 

Records show that a federal district court in Massachusetts shot down that state’s governor Deval Patrick’s 2014 attempt to ban the FDA-approved pharmaceutical Zohydro.

But some Democrats are not getting onboard.

Democrat Nevada governor Steve Sisolak recently ordered that non-hospital doctors could not prescribe Chloroquine for Coronavirus in the state, operating in tandem with his chief medical officer Ihsan Azzam, who is not even licensed to practice medicine in the United States of America. Michigan Democrat governor Gretchen Whitmer, a staunch Trump opponent during this public health crisis, also issued an order warning doctors and pharmacists that the state could launch investigations into their practices if they prescribe Chloroquine for Coronavirus.

Whitmer’s move is not surprising, considering that she attacked the Trump administration for not giving her medical supplies before she even applied for FEMA disaster relief, and her office turned down ex-Republican congressman Kerry Bentivolio’s attempt to give her 3,000 medical face masks and deliver them to Michigan residents himself. What kind of agenda is really at work here?

“You can tell they would be heartbroken if the drug actually works,” Tucker Carlson said Monday night, referring to the Washington Post. The drug certainly works according to one Florida Coronavirus patient who said that it literally saved his life.

Mainstream media headlines Tuesday nearly jumped off the screen with anti-Chloroquine sentiment: “When Trump touts unproven drugs, it’s more than just annoying,” said MSNBC. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons helpfully pointed me to the spin in media coverage of a recent Chinese-language study on hydroxychloroquine involving only 30 patients, which Bloomberg cited to justify its proclamation, “Malaria Drug Chloroquine No Better Than Regular Coronavirus Care, Study Finds.”

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons pointed out that the study’s actual conclusion was the need for a larger sample size. Meanwhile, when a French study found overwhelmingly positive results for Chloroquine, the media scrambled to personally attack the doctor behind the study. 

New York governor Andrew Cuomo, a media favorite during this crisis, launched clinical trials of the Trump-touted drugs after acquiring 750,000 Chloroquine doses and 70,000 hydroxychloroquine doses. Why doesn’t the media condemn Cuomo as a wacky scientist the way they are portraying Trump? There’s definitely been a double standard in coverage since Cuomo emerged as a theoretical replacement for Joe Biden on the Democrat presidential ticket (Cuomo raised concerns about the theft of medical supplies from hospitals, but when Trump echoed those concerns the president got excoriated for it).

The media and Democrats are not good faith actors in this crisis, to say the least. Chloroquine is a relatively cheap drug and if it actually works to combat Coronavirus or shorten the length of this pandemic, it could substantially drive down health care industry revenues.

Bill Gates, through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is funding multiple prospective Coronavirus vaccines, and if people can get better from taking Chloroquine then those vaccines won’t be as necessary, as profitable, or as widely used when they eventually come out. Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Trump’s point man on the Coronavirus outbreak, is a close Gates associate, and a partner through his agency in Gates’ Coronavirus vaccine efforts and a different HIV initiative for which the Gates Foundation has pledged $100 million.

No wonder, then, that Fauci initially distanced the administration from Chloroquine before making a 180-degree reversal as the public wondered why the political class was demonizing a potential treatment.

Chloroquine was identified years ago, during the SARS and coronavirus outbreaks of the mid-2000’s, as a possibly good treatment for the general family of viruses that yielded the Chinese Coronavirus that we are currently battling.

As President Trump’s former HHS Secretary Tom Price said, “One would think that those studies would have been completed before now. However, the extent of SARS was relatively small and short-lived. Once the threat passed, there was no economic incentive for pharmaceutical companies to complete human trials, and governmental attention, research and inertia moved in a different, seemingly more urgent, direction.”

By Patrick Howley

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