It was less than two weeks ago when Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — who is reportedly on Joe Biden’s shortlist to be his vice president — threatened to revoke the medical licenses of any doctor or pharmacist who attempted to prescribe chloroquine to treat their patients suffering from coronavirus.
Now, Michigan state House Democratic Rep. Karen Whitsett said Monday that she credits hydroxychloroquine and President Donald Trump with saving her from the coronavirus.
Whitsett said she had heard of the positive effects of hydroxychloroquine before, but admitted she would not have asked for or been given a prescription for the anti-malaria drug if Trump had not repeatedly touted it during White House press conferences.
State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.
“It was less than two hours” before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said.
Whitsett said she was familiar with “the wonders” of hydroxychloroquine from an earlier bout with Lyme disease, but does not believe she would have thought to ask for it, or her doctor would have prescribed it, had Trump not been touting it as a possible treatment for COVID-19.
Whitsett went on to credit Trump with playing a significant role in saving her life
“It has a lot to do with the president … bringing it up,” Whitsett said. “He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority.”
Asked if she thinks Trump may have saved her life, Whitsett said: “Yes, I do,” and “I do thank him for that.”
Trump took to Twitter to share Whitsett’s story and comments.
“Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan. So glad you are getting better!” he wrote.
Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan. So glad you are getting better! https://t.co/v6z46rUDtg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020
This comes just days after one of the most liberal figures in America is defending the president.
California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom praised the president for his attentiveness to the Golden State’s needs amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying he’d be “lying” if he said otherwise.
During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Newsom was asked if he was only publicly praising Trump so that his state is not “punished” by the president.
Newsom pointed to Trump’s assistance in the wildfires and droughts California has previously faced.
“This is not the time to bicker. I don’t care who’s up and down, whose polls are looking better than someone else’s or who wants to run for president or who doesn’t. When it comes to times of crisis, we need to [rise] above the partisanship and I’ve extended always an open hand, not a closed fist, in those circumstances. And this is no different,” Newsom told Tapper.
“But let me just be candid with you. I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has,” the governor continued.
Newsom continued: “And the fact is every time I’ve called the president, he’s quickly gotten on the line. […] Those are the facts.”
Calif. Gov. @GavinNewsom: “Let me just be candid with you. I’d be lying to you to say that [Trump] hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has. And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly."
— 2020 (@mrw92_) April 6, 2020
Newsom — certainly not an ally to Trump — made his remarks around the same time the president sent a scorching hot letter to Schumer blasting him for playing politics instead of doing anything to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump obliterated Schumer in his letter.
“If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers) and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the ‘invisible enemy.’ No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win,” Trump wrote.
Liberals have been going after the Trump administration for just about everything regarding COVID-19.