Hollywood slams 'dumb f***' Trump for taking hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19: 'Maybe he’ll inject bleach next'
Hollywood stars and celebrities, including the likes of Barbara Streisand, Mia Farrow, and George Takei, have railed at Donald Trump after he announced during a recent press conference that he was taking hydroxychloroquine with zinc to ward off the coronavirus.
The president had recently revealed that he has been taking the drug, approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, for more than a week under his physician's care and that he felt fine. The drug had first made the news in March when Trump first touted it as a potential cure for COVID-19 and a "gamechanger" back when the outbreak had not yet reached its peak in the U.S.
"HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine," he had tweeted. "The FDA has moved mountains - Thank You!"
Celebrities slammed his recent endorsement and said he was advertising the drug even though it had not been proven to be effective against COVID-19.
"The president says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to protect himself from Covid-19, even though it’s been shown to be completely ineffective. Side effects are paranoia, hallucinations & psychosis. I guess he’s been taking it for YEARS!" Bette Midler tweeted.
"Trump taking hydroxychloroquine when he doesn’t have covid is so stupid. A better idea would be for him to swallow a bottle of the Clorox he recommended. Can we do that???" Chelsea Handler wrote.
Rob Reiner, known for 'All in the Family,' tweeted, "Dr. Trump’s prescription for fighting Covid-19: Daily dose of hydroxychloroquine washed down with a cup of bleach. He’s not only a fucking moron, he’s a deadly one."
Others, like Barbara Streisand, claimed he was looking for personal gain from making the announcement. "Trump says he’s now taking hydroxychloroquine. He might be lying but could it be because he has a small stake in the company Sanofi who owns it? That’s according to Forbes this past April…" the actress wrote.
"I dont believe Trump’s claim that he is taking hydroxychloroquine. What doctor would prescribe it for an older, obese guy with a heart problem? It is ineffective in preventing coronavirus and increases rate of cardiac arrhythmia. My question is.why is he pushing it?" Mia Farrow similarly posted.
It was reported by numerous outlets in April that Trump owned a stake in the pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, which makes hydroxychloroquine, and that he was positioned to profit from the sales of the drug. George Takei was amongst a group who suggested that the next logical step would be for Trump to consume bleach, since it was also one of the cures he had touted.
"Well, if he’s really taking hydroxychloroquine, maybe he’ll inject bleach next. Who knows with this guy," the Star Trek actor wrote.
Michael Rapaport, who has been vocal in his criticism of Trump, tweeted a picture of the president with a large bottle of bleach and captioned it, "This Dumb Fkc might turn around and say he was being sarcastic about being on #Hydroxychloroquine #sarcastic. Everything is on the table at this point with this Dumb Fkc"