(Right Country) – The media absolutely melted down overnight after President Donald Trump told a group of reporters at the White House that he has been taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, as a precaution against coronavirus, under the direction of his personal physician.
The president is trying not to contract a highly-infections disease in the midst of its global pandemic.
Cue the hysterics.
Trump told the reporters that he hopes he won’t be taking the medication for too long, but that he believes it will be effective and that “people should be allowed to.”
The media immediately declared this was irresponsible, with some vowing that the drug would “kill him” and anyone else who takes it.
You’d think they’d be elated at the possibility that Trump might die.
Fox News's Neil Cavuto is stunned by Trump's announcement that he's taking hydroxychloroquine: "If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment … it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you." pic.twitter.com/e6D5alfAgc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 18, 2020
Nancy Pelosi, amazingly, said that Trump shouldn’t take it because he’s “morbidly obese”:
“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group: ‘Morbidly obese,’ they say,” says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pres. Trump’s revelation he is taking hydroxychloroquine. pic.twitter.com/0ImjpEjg9q
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 19, 2020
Pelosi’s counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, called Trump’s comments “dangerous.”
“Maybe he’s really not taking it because the president lies about things characteristically,” Schumer said on MSNBC.
He added: “I don’t know whether he is taking it or not. I know him saying he is taking it, whether he is or not, is reckless, reckless, reckless.”
Plenty of pundits also piled on:
Stephen Colbert brutally mocks Trump for taking hydroxychloroquine: “If you think hydroxycholoroquine might be right for you, don’t ask your doctor. Just ask around. And if you hear some good stories, eat it. Eat it, you coward.” https://t.co/DoyIYvrpyN
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 19, 2020
Even the communist Chinese government piped in, declaring that Trump was trying to beat the coronavirus with “witchcraft.”
If media truly believed hydroxychloroquine were dangerous, they’d be glad Trump is taking it.
Today's response was revealing.
— By the Book Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 19, 2020
This, from a country that relies on rhino horns and shark bladders for medicine.