Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Trump Touts Fake News, No Irony

Yet again, Donald Trump tells the world how to "feel" (specifically, how he "feels" about important issues of our time like Covid-19) rather than how to think.
“Take it. What do you have to lose?” — Donald Trump, about the use of hydroxychloroquine, an unproven anti-malaria drug for treating Covid-19
Trump just does not recognize scientific evidence or expert advice, even when they are literally in front of him.
Anthony Fauci with that familiar "look of despair" 
shared by those who understand how evidence works in medicine

Donald Trump’s top coronavirus adviser, Anthony Fauci, has warned again that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of hydroxycholroquine for Covid-19.

The following chart (Independent) is a great illustration how Trump touts misleading information (when others do it, he accuses them of creating fake news), which he simply backs up with his "gut feeling" about things.


If there is a silver lining to those of us in lockdown and social distancing, it is that Donald Trump continues to entertain ... and hopefully we can learn from his ignorance, improprieties and incompetence.

I love the Wiki tracker of Trump's false claims, which will have likely shot up in recent times (perhaps on a similar rate of trajectory as the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in the US!).


References

Trump touts hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Covid-19. Don't believe the hype (Guardian)

Trump's quotes mapped onto a coronavirus graph shows president 'downplaying the threat' (Independent)



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