What can I say? After a decade of writing about politics I’m finally able to work the words “demon semen” into a title. I knew Trump would be good for something. Unfortunately, the headline is not a metaphor, nor is it an exaggeration, it’s meant to be taken literally in every sense.
A couple days ago, a group calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” spread false information about Covid-19 with the help of Facebook, right-wing media, and President Trump. The viral video was seen tens of millions of times in just a few hours. The video quickly became the most widely seen propaganda video about the coronavirus, far surpassing the infamous “Plandemic” misinformation video. Breitbart News live-streamed it on Facebook, and it took off from there.
The video featured a series of far-right Covid-19 specific propaganda that criticized lock-down measures, called for schools to reopen, urged the public not to wear face masks and demonized public health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The video in question was funded by the far-right organization Tea Party Patriots. A wealthy Republican non-profit that, in partnership with other right-wing dark money groups, launched the “Save Our Country Coalition” in April to push for America’s swift reopening. In a nutshell, they’re a bunch of wealthy conservative donors looking out for their bottom line. The Save Our Country Coalition has been funded mainly by billionaires Charles Koch and Richard Uihlein, founder of Uline.
The doctors in the video, all dressed for the part, have promoted some wack-a-doodle views that fly in the face of overwhelming medical evidence. For starters, they all promoted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Covid-19. I’m getting tired of repeating this, but no legitimate medical organization has recognized any “cure” for Covid-19. After multiple clinical trials, hydroxychloroquine has been shown to NOT be beneficial in treating the virus.
No one knows how the group of doctors came together, but some of them have become popular in conservative circles for endorsing views that align with Trump’s language on the virus. The founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, Simone Gold, has been a regular on Fox News. When ever the media organization wants to push the so-called dangers of strict coronavirus measures, she’s front and center.
Meanwhile you also have conspiracy theorist Dr. Stella Immanuel, a minister who apparently operates a tiny walk-in medical clinic out of a strip mall in Texas. She has written several books that contain extreme opinions, but the one off the wall view she maintains is that gynecological problems are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and/or witches.
Dr. Stella says, and I quote “We call them all kinds of names – endometriosis, we call them molar pregnancies, we call them fibroids, we call them cysts, but most of them are evil deposits from the spirit husband.” Demon semen. I’ve been asking the same thing; how does this woman have a license to practice medicine?
Donald Trump’s re-election chances are quickly slipping away thanks in large part to his administration’s disastrous pandemic response. The only way for Trump to have a chance at winning is to either pray Covid-19 goes away or downplay the pandemic.
It was only a week ago that the mainstream media claimed that Trump had “turned a corner” on Covid-19 and that he was now taking it seriously. Apparently, they’ve learned nothing in five years.
Trump re-tweeted the Frontline Doctors video himself, prompting social media to take it down for making false claims. At the same time, the President shared a post from the Twitter account of a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon who accused Doctor Fauci of misleading the public over hydroxychloroquine.
Needless to say, right-wing politicians and media figures are doing their best to assertively downplay the threat of the virus. Promoting groups like Tea Party Patriots and their “Frontline Doctors” while dismissing experts like Doctor Fauci is their game plan.
There is just no way their strategy can work, in fact Trump and company are making matters worse. Many of these millions who watched the video will now be more resistant to taking appropriate safety measures and the virus will continue to rage out of control. That’s all you can expect from a president who prefers to listen to a demon semen fearing pediatrician/minister over a world renown infectious disease expert.