“America’s Frontline Doctors” made headlines with their comments on COVID-19, but they’re actually a far-right political organization backed by the Republican Party.
On the surface, Stella Immanuel seems to be the latest caricature wheeled out by the Trump administration. The Houston-based pediatrician (who is also a religious minister) believes that face masks are unnecessary, and also believes that COVID-19 can be cured by hydroxychloroquine, a malarial drug (and White House favorite) the US Food and Drug Administration stepped in to ban the use of, citing its general ineffectiveness and the potentially deadly side effects. The New England Journal of Medicine also called bullshit in early June, concluding that “after high-risk or moderate-risk exposure, hydroxychloroquine did not prevent illness compatible with COVID-19.”
Incidentally, Immanuel’s medical expertise also leads her to conclude that endometriosis and gynecological cysts are caused by people having sex with demons in their dreams, and according to The Daily Beast, “she alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious. And, despite appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on Monday, she has said that the government is run in part not by humans but by reptilians and other aliens.”
So far, so stupid. But if we peel back a layer of this particularly nonsensical onion, the whole thing starts to truly stink. Immanuel spoke the above points on the steps of the Supreme Court, representing a collective who call themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors.” The group, who not only dispute the general scientific consensus on the coronavirus, are also political stooges. According to The Daily Beast, the event was organized by the right-wing Tea Party Patriots (Sarah Palin was previously connected to this group) and funded by some within the Republican Party.
In the speech, Immanuel said that “… you don’t need a mask. There is a cure,” before making the baseless claim that she had personally cured hundreds of cases.
As The Daily Beast noted, “Toward the end of Immanuel’s speech, the event’s organizer and other participants can be seen trying to get her away from the microphone. But footage of the speech captured by Breitbart was a hit online, becoming a top video on Facebook and amassing roughly 13 million views—significantly more than Plandemic, another coronavirus disinformation video that became a viral hit online in May, when it amassed roughly 8 million Facebook views.”
“America’s Frontline Doctors.” The group, who not only dispute the general scientific consensus on the coronavirus, are also political stooges.
However, Immanuel is merely the tip of this illogical iceberg, as CNN figures the leader of the movement to be Dr. Simone Gold, a Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist who has previously been featured on Fox News for her views that stay-at-home orders are harmful. CNBC described the group as “comprised of some doctors and some who are part of the anti-vaccination movement.”
“We’re here because we feel as though the American people have not heard from all of the expertise that’s out there all across our country,” Gold says, opening the press conference. “We’re America’s Frontline Doctors. We’re only here to help American patients and the American nation to heal. … Americans are riveted and captured by fear at the moment. We are not held down by the virus as much as we’re held down by the spider web of fear. That spider web is all around us.” She adds, “This does not make sense. … We can manage the virus intelligently, carefully.”
According to Heavy, Gold has also pushed hydroxychloroquine on Twitter, noting that, “HCQ must be over the counter! Safe, FDA-approved 65 years, OK pregnant, breast-feeding, children, elderly, immune-compromised! Patients need access but the FDA, HHS, Governors, state medical boards and the media are all working against it. #whitecoatsummit.”
On her blog, Gold noted, “The COVID virus was supposed to be contained in the kind of lab where people wear astronaut suits and go through triple-sealed doors. It is a con of massive proportion to assert that now, having escaped those environs, a bandana will magically do the trick.”
The fact that this woman can legally perform surgery and give medical advice in the state of California is terrifying, but Gold (who describes herself as a doctor-lawyer-writer-mom on Twitter) speaks loudly to the state of confusion washing over this misguided, diseased nation. A sort of “Mega-Karen” analogous, a new species of those who have done their research AND have the accreditations to add gravitas to their delusions.