- Dr. Stella Emanuel, whose video was backed by President Trump promoting an unsafe COVID-19 treatment, is a member of a controversial Tea Party-backed group.
- America’s Frontline Doctors’ Group has criticized measures taken to slow the spread of the disease.
- Founder Dr. Simone Gould told the AP that there is no scientific basis in May that the average American should be concerned about COVID-19.
- The group is supported by the Tea Party Patriots, a conservative group that has protested against lockdown measures.
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Dr. Stella Emanuel, who appeared in a controversial video promoting the unsafe COVID-19 treatment of hydroxychloroquine, is a member of a group of Trump medics who have been giving false information about the virus for months.
In a video shared by President Donald Trump, Emanuel appears before the Supreme Court in Washington DC along with other members of America’s frontline doctors.
The group’s founders have been vocal critics of measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19, and said in May that most Americans don’t need to worry about it.
In the video, members of the group appear alongside GOP Congressman Ralph Norman. They promote the substance as a preventive and treatment for COVID-19, despite FDA warnings that it is not a proven COVID-19 treatment and can cause dangerous heart problems in some patients.
Emanuel also questioned the sanctity of masking as a measure to prevent the spread of masking disease, despite growing evidence that it is one of the best remedies.
Dr. Emmanuel’s Outlandish claims have since emerged, in which he proposes that sex dreams involving demons cause illnesses and that Alien DNA is used in medicine, The Daily Beast reported.
The hydroxychloroquine video was widely shared on social media, with right-wing populist site Breitbart promoting it.
The TET president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., temporarily freezed his Twitter account for sharing, which violated the site’s rules against promoting coronovirus misinformation. The video was removed by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
The press conference at which the medics spoke was hosted by T-Party Patriots, a right-wing nonprofit group that had previously protested against lockdown measures in US states during the epidemic.
The Tea Party Patriots have raised $ 24 million since 2014 to support Republican candidates and causes.
America’s Frontline Doctors Begin with Dr. Simone Gould, who calls herself an LA-based “doctor-advocate”. She has been arguing against measures for lockdown on social media for months, and appears in a video shared by Trump.
Back in May the Associated Press reported that the Trump campaign was recruiting medals to argue in favor of opening up the US economy as soon as possible.
At the same time, the guidelines formulated by public health experts rather than the phased and gradual reopening of the economy to prevent the resurgence of the virus.
Gold was listed as the first signatory on a May letter by 400 people calling for the economy to reopen.
She told the AP at the time that “there is no scientific basis that the average American should be concerned about COVID-19”. She denied working in coordination with the Trump campaign.
She did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
There have been more than 151,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the US.