On Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Dr. Irwin Redlener warned that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on coronavirus and contradiction of medical experts is almost cultlike.
“Dr. Redlener, he disagrees openly with Dr. Fauci,” said Reid. “He says we need more testing and the president says, I don’t agree. He’s pushing the hydroxychloroquine, which the FDA has cautioned against using outside the hospital setting due to the risk of heart rhythm problems. At this point for his supporters, they do know who to listen to between Fauci and Trump, they listen to him.”
“Yeah, it’s pretty amazing,” said Redlener. “But I do think you — you used the term ‘cultish’ following. It is — it is truly like a cult. And it reminds me of Jim Jones and the Kool-Aid and all that horrible stuff that we saw 30 years ago with people just following quote, the leader, no matter what the leader says and no matter what the leader intends to do or where to take them.”
“I think that the people that are in his cult that are immovable from following him are going to be in significant harm if they follow this advice, not to mention the hydroxychloroquine, which has caused some deaths in people it’s thought,” added Redlener. “So we have a lot to work on here.”
Conservative rips GOP ‘turkeys’ for turning Thanksgiving COVID safety measures into a culture-war fight
Writing in The Bulwark this Thursday, Tim Miller says that America should be experiencing a time of national solidarity in the midst of a global pandemic. Instead, "we have a president whose focus is entirely on his effort to perpetrate a fraud on the American public."
According to Miller, Republicans are disseminating a narrative that says coronavirus restriction should be met with a sort of "organized resistance" from individuals and businesses that feel unfairly oppressed. While everyone wants to be with their families on Thanksgiving, "one thing that most people have learned by the time they are adults is that they don’t get to do whatever they want whenever they want."
‘Deadly game’: Legal experts blast Supreme Court’s dead-of-night decision enshrining ‘religious rights’ over all others
At 11:57 PM Wednesday, three minutes before the country tries to celebrate Thanksgiving during a pandemic, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 for a group of Catholics and Jews who sued to prevent the State of New York from imposing restrictions in the future on the number of people who can gather in churches and synagogues.
"The court’s ruling was at odds with earlier ones concerning churches in California and Nevada," The New York Times notes, reflecting the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. "In those cases, decided in May and July, the court allowed the states’ governors to restrict attendance at religious services."
WATCH: Trump-loving father-son duo throw tantrum over masks — and whine as cops escort them from store
A Trump-supporting son and his father were kicked out of a Costco earlier this week after the son defiantly removed his face mask and boasted about it on TikTok.
Local news station CBS 46 reports that a manager at a Costco in Cumming, Georgia, this week called the police after 18-year-old Andrew Wayland, who was clad in a red "Make America Great Again" hat, took off his face mask while in the store and refused to put it back on despite being asked by multiple employees.