On CNN Wednesday, anchor John Berman clashed with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro about President Donald Trump’s promotion of a quack doctor who believes people are being sickened by demon sex and modern medicine contains DNA from aliens — and his defense of the discredited hydroxychloroquine protocol to treat COVID-19.
“Peter, let me ask you, what’s your opinion of Dr. Stella Immanuel?” asked Berman.
“I have no opinion,” said Navarro. “I saw the brief, I had no knowledge of her,” replied Navarro.
“Hang on,” said Berman. “The president is promoting Dr. Stella Immanuel and he tweeted out what she said yesterday … she said alien DNA is used in medicine.”
“You’re having fun with this,” said Navarro.
“Oh, god, I’m not having fun with this. I’m deadly serious,” said Berman. “My question is, why lean on Stella Immanuel to make a medical point?”
“So, look, my mission here is to help the president save lives and create jobs,” said Navarro. “This issue of hydroxychloroquine, what the president was talking about, I thought he did it in a very sophisticated way yesterday because he pointed out that it’s only efficacious in early treatment. I would suggest, don’t believe me, don’t believe Dr. Fauci, bring on William O’Neill.”
“He didn’t quote Dr. O’Neill. He didn’t quote Dr. Risch at Yale. He did talk about Stella Immanuel,” said Berman. “He talked about this doctor who promotes demon seed.”
“I know nothing about her,” said Navarro. “If you want to use me as a prop to kind of play her clips — because I have got stuff to talk about to you.” Navarro then went on to say that “I stand by” the benefits of hydroxychloroquine — a drug that has been shown to have no clinical benefit with COVID-19 patients and cause life-threatening side effects — and added “I’m sitting on millions of doses of it.” The segment devolved into an argument with Berman enumerating all of the medical evidence against Navarro’s position.
Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explains when you’ll see Trump get indicted
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston appeared Thursday on CNN, where he explained when he believed President Donald Trump would be indicted.
After receiving a subpoena from New York prosecutors last year, Deutsche Bank reportedly handed over detailed records about their dealings with Trump, according to the New York Times. The subpoena indicates that the investigation of Trump's family business is more expansive than previously thought.
"Prosecutors already have the basic tax information on Donald Trump. Your state tax return is virtually identical to your federal return, and the IRS shares tax information with the state," Johnston explained to CNN host Brianna Keilar.
Dr. Fauci says his family is being threatened because of a ‘completely crazy’ backlash against science
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's John Berman on Thursday that he and his family are facing death threats because some Americans are having an irrational backlash against scientists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When asked by Berman about the threats he's received, Fauci turned it into a broader discussion about America's divisive politics.
"You know, there's such divisiveness right now in this country, John, I mean, I can't explain it," he said. "The kinds of things that you see in society, you have a lot of outlier people that do things that are almost inexplicable, where the push back against science is in a way that gets translated into threats to me, my daughters, my wife. I mean that is completely crazy, it really makes you shake your head."
WATCH: CNN fact checker shows how Trump campaign ‘egregiously altered’ Biden photos in new ad
CNN fact checker Daniel Dale on Thursday showed how President Donald Trump's campaign has been blatantly manipulating photos of former Vice President Joe Biden to make it look like he has spent the last year sitting in his basement.
While appearing on "New Day," Dale dissected images of Biden in Trump's new ad and showed how the campaign used Photoshop to put the photos in a completely different context.
"[The ad] uses three misleading images, one of which is egregiously altered," Dale said. "That first image shows Joe Biden speaking at a town hall in Iowa outdoors at a nature preserve... what the ad does is remove the microphone from his hand and remove the trees, replacing it with a wall to make him seem like he's alone and not talking to anyone."