Daily Distraction: The Daily Beast debunks Trump's favorite new COVID doctor
Will Sommer at The Daily Beast recently went deep on the career of Dr. Stella Immanuel after a video of her at a COVID-19 misinformation rally in Washington, D.C. went viral this week, with the Houston doctor claiming anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine is a proven cure for COVID-19. (It is not.)
"“Hello, you don’t need a mask. There is a cure,” she says in the clip, which has since been removed from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for spreading coronavirus misinformation, but not before amassing more than 13 million views and being retweeted by President Donald Trump, as well as those still desperately hoping to earn his respect and/or attention (Donald Trump Jr.).
And, folks, it's a wild ride on which Sommer sets off. Here's a taste:
Immanuel, a pediatrician and a religious minister, has a history of making bizarre claims about medical topics and other issues. She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches.
She alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious. And, despite appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on Monday, she has said that the government is run in part not by humans but by “reptilians” and other aliens.
But, really, you should read the whole thing.