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‘This president has blood on his hands’: Congresswoman rips Trump for touting anti-Malaria drug as miracle cure

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The nation’s top expert on infectious diseases was forced once again on Sunday to negate President Donald Trump’s latest claim that an anti-malaria drug can treat coronavirus, which the president made at his Saturday evening press conference.

On CBS‘s “Face the Nation,” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci told host Margaret Brennan that “in terms of science, I don’t think we could definitively say it works,” regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine for the virus.

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“As I’ve said many times, Margaret, the data are really just at best suggestive,” Fauci said. “There have been cases that show there may be an effect and there are others to show there’s no effect.”

At his press briefing the previous evening, Trump said the federal government is adding millions of doses of hydroxychloroquine to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), which states have desperately been attempting to draw from in order to obtain supplies recommended by medical experts, including ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers.

“What do you have to lose? Take it,” Trump said of the drug. “I really think they should take it. But it’s their choice. And it’s their doctor’s choice or the doctors in the hospital. But hydroxychloroquine. Try it, if you’d like.”

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As Common Dreams reported last month, three people in Nigeria were hospitalized after overdosing on the drug following Trump’s earlier claims about hydroxychloroquine. A man in Arizona died after ingesting choroquine phosphate, after his wife cited the president’s televised briefings as evidence that it could prevent the coronavirus, officially called COVID-19.

“‘What do you have to lose?'” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted after Trump’s briefing. “They can lose their life, you imbecile.”

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Critics on social media warned others against heeding the president’s advice.

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Some laboratory studies of a small number of cases have suggested hydroxychloroquine could stop the coronavirus from invading cells, and according to the New York Times, “some researchers think its ability to dial back an overactive immune system—the reason it is used for autoimmune diseases—might help relieve the life-threatening inflammation that develops in some coronavirus patients.”

But researchers say far more evidence is needed for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve the drug for anti-coronavirus use.


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WATCH: Trump supporter driving SUV plows into protesters at George Floyd demonstration in California

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A driver flying a Donald Trump flag intentionally struck two demonstrators during a California protests of police brutality.

The driver of a Jeep that had an American flag and Trump "Keep America Great" banner drove toward two women Saturday afternoon during a protest in Visalia, stopped briefly and then sped up and struck them, reported KFSN-TV.

The vehicle plows into one woman, who was knocked onto the Jeep's hood, and strikes a second woman standing a few feet away.

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Columnist marvels at the ‘remarkable’ optics of Trump’s retreat to the White House bunker

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Writing in the Washington Post this Monday, Aaron Blake points to a recent New York Times report that said President Trump retreated to the White House bunker as protesters swarmed outside the gates this weekend.

While it's likely that the Secret Service made the bunker decision, Trump nevertheless complied, "and the optics of it are remarkable," Blake writes.

"It would be one thing for this to happen after he had been proactively dealing with the crisis and speaking out; it’s quite another for it to come as he has been strongly criticized for his hands-off approach to one of the most serious cases of unrest across the country in recent decades," Blake continues.

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Trump’s DOJ has ‘all but abandoned broad investigations into unconstitutional policing practices’: CNN

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The Department of Justice under President Donald Trump has "all but abandoned" investigations into legally questionable policing practices, even during a time when police brutality is still a major problem in the United States.

Multiple DOJ sources tell CNN that Trump's DOJ has only launched one investigation into law enforcement agencies for practices that could violate the United States Constitution.

The DOJ under former President George W. Bush launched 12 such investigations, while opening 15 such investigations under former President Barack Obama.

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