President Donald Trump retweeted a video pushing hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure, but it was later yanked from social media websites for falsehoods.
On today's What America's Thinking, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds 59% of voters disapprove of President Trump's decision to share videos promoting the drug Hydroxychloroquine as an effective tool against COVID-19. Hill Reporter Brett Samuels breaks down the President's recent backlash for sharing misleading coronavirus information on social media. Chris Jackson, pollster and Vice President of Ipsos, explains public opinion on the issue.
This survey was conducted online within the United States from August 2-5, 2020 among 2,850 registered voters by HarrisX. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 1.84 percentage points. The results reflect a nationally representative sample of registered voters. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, political party, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Dr. Nahid Bhadelia fact-checks Trump's claim that hydroxychloroquine is a successful COVID-19 treatment, despite the FDA's warning. Aired on 7/28/2020. The president said he knew nothing about the doctor who was spreading disproven information about the coronavirus while Joe Biden has urged Trump to stop talking about her. A number of Republican senators dodged questions or were silent when pressed for reaction after President Donald Trump suggested without evidence that a 75-year-old man who was seriously injured after being shoved by police officers in Buffalo, New York, last week, may have been part of a "set up."
In an unsubstantiated claim, the President tweeted, "Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?"
At a news conference following a Republican policy lunch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky refused to say whether Trump's tweet was appropriate.
CNN pressed him twice, and he instead pointed to the work led by GOP Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina to try to put together a police reform package.