“President Donald Trump is eyeing another unproven coronavirus ‘cure,’ at the recommendation of Housing and Urban Development Sec. Ben Carson, Axios reported Sunday.
Oleandrin — a botanical extract from the oleander plant — was suggested to the president by Carson in a meeting in the Oval Office in July, according to the Axios report.
MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, who’s known to be well-connected with the president, also expressed support for the experimental extract. Lindell also has a financial stake in the company developing the oleandrin product, Phoenix Biotechnology.”
The stable genius has diminished the authority and visibility of the scientists on his White House Coronavirus Task Force; he considers himself the expert on every subject under the sun, including infectious diseases.
Unfortunately, Trump doesn’t have the wisdom, experience or gravitas of a medical expert like Dr. Anthony Fauci, but he does have a big mouth and he isn’t afraid to pontificate on medical matters.
Trump’s base looks upon his as the Great Physician Jesus Christ and they will follow his medical advice, regardless how ridiculous or dangerous it may be to follow.
But the vast majority of Americans consider Trump a snake oil salesman, who hawks bleach, hydroxychloroquine, and now Oleandrin as miracle cures for COVID-19.
The oleander plant blooms in summer in white, yellow, peach, salmon, pink or red; it’s a beautiful plant but one of the most poisonous in the world. The plant is extremely toxic and a single leaf can kill an adult.
There is no evidence that Oleandrin, a botanical extract from the oleander plant, cures warts, impotence, male pattern baldness or COVID-19.
Having Ben Carson, a brain surgeon who’s no rocket scientist, and the MyPillow guy, who is the epitome of a flimflam artist, to hawk Oleandrin as a cure for COVID-19 isn’t going to convince anyone who hasn’t already OD’d on Kool-Aid.