Twitter and Facebook have "jailed" President Donald Trump and his son, Don Jr., for a spell for retweeting a pro-hydroxychloroquine video that's going viral.
The video features a group of physicians who call themselves America's Frontline Doctors. The white-jacketed doctors appeared on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday and Tuesday to express their views on hydroxychloroquine (see videos of both days below). Dr. Stella Immanuel was among those who spoke.
"I came here to Washington, DC, to tell America nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure. It is called hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax," she stated. "You don't need masks. There is a cure. You don't need people to be locked down. There is prevention and there is a cure."
Dr. Immanuel, a practicing pediatrician from Alexandria, Louisiana, said she's had enough of letting research doctors lead the response to the coronavirus.
"We treat them and they live. None has died," she continued. "There is no way I can treat 350 patients and counting and nobody is dead and they all did better – and you're going to tell me that you treated 20 people [or] 40 people and it didn't work."
She had some especially harsh words for her colleagues who she says are letting politics run their practices: "I tell all of you doctors that are sitting down and watching Americans die: you're like the good Germans that watched Jews get killed and do not speak up."
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The media has gone wild trying to discredit Dr. Immanuel. President Trump was for hydroxychloroquine, they reason, so it must be passionately opposed. The president and Don Jr. both retweeted the viral video – and got banned for it. Twitter said it violated their COVID disinformation policy:
"Under this policy, we require the removal of content that may pose a risk to people's health, including content that goes directly against the guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information."
Dan Gainor of MRC TechWatch notes the reaction of other social media platforms. "Twitter, Facebook and YouTube all have shut this down," he tells OneNewsNow. "They've now decided they're an authority on everything – they're an authority on truth, morality and medicine."
According to Breitbart News – which fell victim to Facebook's and YouTube's removal of the first day's video – the Day 1 video had accumulated more than 17 million views during the eight hours it was on Facebook before it was removed. It had reached 80,000 views on YouTube prior to its removal.
CNN reported Wednesday morning that some of the doctors featured in the videos met Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence and members of his staff.
Video from Day #1
[Editor's note: This video existed when first posted, but has been removed by the video platform where it was posted]
Video from Day #2