President Donald Trump kicked off the week with an early Monday morning storm of retweets, beginning with promoting a conspiracy theory from veteran game show host, conservative Chuck Woolery. Physicians and medical experts quickly stepped in to correct the record and to criticize the president for spreading false information about the deadly pandemic that has killed 140,000 Americans.
Claiming he is "sick of it," the 79-year old Woolery tweeted that the "most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19. Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most ,that we are told to trust. I think it's all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election."
Woolery's claims are false, and experts worked to ensure Americans knew he was spreading misinformation.
Here's the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia Med:
Hi Chuck, ER doc here, We’re not lying. It’s actually really horrible to see people die from COVID19. And it’s no… https://t.co/rN9hMbp0VI— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig Spencer MD MPH)1594609944.0
This Columbia virologist had a few words for Woolery:
OH MY GOD SHUT UP DATING GAME GUY https://t.co/T2egF7vEpS— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@Dr. Angela Rasmussen)1594610737.0
Vaccine Scientist and frequent MSNBC guest:
That POTUS retweeted this nonsense says to me: 1. He lacks interest in slowing or halting #COVID19 2. The strategy… https://t.co/VE1orQoVp3— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD)1594641429.0
I worked in a COVID field hospital in NYC. This man is a fucking idiot. https://t.co/xvj4ownMPc— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman)1594611448.0
It’s interesting what makes each of us sick. For the people I know it’s often #COVID19 itself not the doctors te… https://t.co/PYwIB5V1Tu— Dara Kass, MD (@Dara Kass, MD)1594610646.0
Wow wouldn’t it be great if this were a fake conspiracy of 100s of thousands, if not millions of health care worker… https://t.co/KlaWUkT8Ro— Emily Deans MD 🎄 (@Emily Deans MD 🎄)1594634392.0