President Donald Trump is now suggesting that the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA), which is headed by Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, who was appointed by Trump, is part of a “deep state” conspiracy intended to cripple his chances of winning a second term in office.
Early Saturday morning, Trump posted this tweet:
The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives! @SteveFDA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020
Trump also attacked the FDA at a press conference on Wednesday, according to Politico:
“(The president) … accused government scientists of slow-walking a safe but unproven coronavirus therapy, convalescent plasma, for political reasons.
“You have lot of people over there that don’t want to rush things. They want to do it after November 3.”
The FDA decided to withhold authorizing the use of convalescent plasma because evidence of the treatment’s benefits is considered to be minimal, the New York Times notes:
“Several top health officials — led by Dr. (Dr. Francis S.) Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health; Dr. (Anthony) Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert; and Dr. (H. Clifford) Lane — urged their colleagues last week to hold off, citing recent data from the country’s largest plasma study, run by the Mayo Clinic. They thought the study’s data to date was not strong enough to warrant an emergency approval.”
So because doctors and scientific experts want to be certain of a possible treatment before allowing its widespread usage, the president automatically starts screaming “DEEP STATE” at the top of his lungs, even though he has no proof whatsoever of such a ludicrous scenario.
As if so often the case, Trump is playing to his base, which has come to believe some of the most bizarre and unsubstantiated BS imaginable, including the infamous QAnon movement which preaches that Democrats are Satanic, drink the blood of children, and are engaged in the worldwide sex trafficking of children.
Here’s a suggestion: If Trump is so sold on convalescent plasma, maybe he should roll up his sleeve and get an infusion on national television. He can then swallow a handful of hydroxychloroquine tablets and wash them down with some bleach, both of which have also been advocated by the president as possible “cures” for coronavirus.
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