In this April 22, 2013 file photo, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, right, attend the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. President Donald Trump has used a series of tweets to go after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who’ve criticized Trump on their MSNBC show “Morning Joe.”(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Leave it to Morning Joe to come up with the dumbest take regarding Trump and his touting of hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for Wuhan virus.
At numerous briefings, the President has opined that the drug is under testing, has been approved by the FDA for emergency use, and that the results so far are promising. It certainly doesn’t appear to be hurting the cause, as numerous other countries have shown strong indications it can help with some cases. Despite that, we’ve seen Dr. Fauci be more skeptical, downplaying the drug during multiple interviews.
Regardless, there’s little doubt that the only motivation for Trump’s speaking of treatment is to help end this crisis. But if you are Mika Brzezinksi, you must come up with some ridiculous conspiracy theory instead.
‘Morning Joe’ Co-Host Mika Brzezinski Says Trump Is Touting Anti-Malarial Drug For Financial Reasons https://t.co/Ho9FITtjJK
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 6, 2020
Referring to an “unscheduled” Sunday news conference with Trump and members of the coronavirus task force, Brzezinski claimed that the president was gagging his chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“Dr. Fauci wasn’t allowed to talk about what he feels is important to say about this drug that the president keeps pushing. A lot of people would say, follow the money. There’s got to be some sort of financial tie to someone somewhere that has the president pushing this repeatedly.”
Scarborough agreed, going so far as to say that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective, despite rising anecdotal evidence that it is bringing life-saving relief in the midst of the pandemic.
Let me get this straight. Trump is promoting a prescription medication because of some supposed financial tie to its distribution? Does Mika realize that hydroxychloroquine is 55 years old and already has generics? There is no market to corner here because it’s a drug that’s heavily manufactured already and widely available across the globe. Further, Trump can be reckless at times, but he’s certainly not going to hand Democrats the fodder of having been personally invested in selling a treatment for the Wuhan virus. The entire theory is baseless and nonsensical.
I’ll also note that Joe calling the hydroxychloroquine “ineffective” is extremely dangerous. Doctors all over the world are currently giving the drug to help save lives. Whether the treatment will be found to meet a high level of effectiveness via trials is still up in the air, but there’s no excuse to mislead people who may benefit via partisan rhetoric. That’s exactly what Joe and Mika are doing here. They are so obsessed with sniping at the orange man that they’ll literally root against people recovering from coronavirus.
It’d be crazy if it weren’t so predictable.