Donald Trump and his family’s boosting of a group of doctors making false claims about the coronavirus and the drug hydroxychloroquine have left the president’s aides frustrated, according to new reports.
The Daily Beast spoke to sources, who wished to remain anonymous, that work inside the White House and claimed Mr Trump’s recent signal boost of the videos have left them dealing with the fallout.
“When he started doing coronavirus press briefings again, my thought was, ‘Oh, great, this f****** s*** again,’” a senior official who works closely with the coronavirus task force said. “And now we’re all talking about demon ejaculation.”
The “demon ejaculation” is a reference to Dr. Stella Immanuel, one of the doctors in the video who claimed – contrary to the recommendations of numerous medical authorities – that face masks and shutdowns were not necessary to fight Covid-19 and that the president’s pet viral remedy, hydroxychloroquine, was a cure for the virus.
The Daily Beast first reported that Ms Immanuel has made claims that gynaecological issues are often caused by women having sex with demons and witches – succubi and incubi as she calls them – in their dreams. She has also claimed that endometriosis, infertility, miscarriages are caused by “evil deposits from the spirit husband”.
The notion that women having sex with incubi and succubi causes health problems is rooted in the mythological story of the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is more than 4,000 years old.
The Centres for Disease Control have said that “there is no known cure for the novel coronavirus or the disease it
causes” and studies regarding hydroxychloroquine are inconclusive at best, with many doctors noting the drug can cause heart issues that are potentially fatal and several studies suggesting the drug has had no significant impact on survivability in patients.
The Daily Beast story continued, with author Will Sommer reporting “a 2015 sermon that laid out a supposed Illuminati plan hatched by ‘a witch’ to destroy the world using abortion, gay marriage, and children’s toys, among other things, Immanuel claimed that DNA from space aliens is currently being used in medicine”.
Ms Immanuel – who describes herself as “God’s battle axe and weapon of war” – also offers a prayer service through her website to help women remove “generational curses” passed through placenta.
Following the video making the rounds on social media, Ms Immanuel called for “everyone in DC” including Dr Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, to provide her with urine samples, alleging they all took hydroxychloroquine.
Social media posts by Mr Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr, supporting the video were deleted under the companies’ guidelines against coronavirus misinformation.
Mr Trump shared his thoughts on the video in a press conference on Tuesday.
“I think they’re very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular,” he said.
Regarding hydroxychloroquine, he said “I happen think it works in the early stages.”
When he was asked about Ms Immanuel specifically, he specified that she was “very impressive”.
“I thought she was very impressive, in the sense that, from where she came – I don’t know what country she comes from — but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her,” Mr Trump said.
Even Mr Trump’s Congressional allies have expressed a desire for him to distance himself from the video. Senator Lindsey Graham told The Daily Beast that harping on the video likely hasn’t helped the president’s standing with the public.
“He’s had more discipline lately but that video with the doctors probably didn’t help… I mean, the message is, ‘Here’s what I’m doing to help schools reopen, here’s what I’m doing on testing… and the economy,’ rather than getting into which drugs you should take,” he said. “Rather than talking about the benefits of hydroxychloroquine, he’s at his best when he’s talking about what he’s doing to help the country.”