“I don’t know which country she comes from, but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients,” Trump said. “And I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”
When Collins asked a follow-up question about Immanuel’s dismissal of wearing face masks — which Trump himself advocated last week — the President walked away from the podium, though on Wednesday he continued to say he was “very impressed” by Immanuel.
Although Trump has frequently spread false and misleading information over the course of the pandemic — while downplaying advice issued by the government’s top medical experts — his decision to amplify Immanuel raises fresh questions about the administration’s messaging and pandemic response. It also gives her ideas a significant platform and risks lending credibility to someone who has made a number of dangerous claims in the past.
On her website and in sermons posted on YouTube, Immanuel — who practices medicine at Rehoboth Medical Center, a clinic in Houston, and is the founder of the Fire Power Ministries church — has, among other things, claimed that sex with “tormenting spirits” is responsible for gynecological problems, miscarriages and impotence.
Source: Trump promotes doctor who claimed alien DNA is used in medicine and sex with ‘tormented spirits’ causes reproductive issues | KTLA
Eastern Europe has faced a broad campaign that takes fake news ops to yet another level: hacking legitimate news sites to plant fake stories, then hurriedly amplifying them on social media before they’re taken down.
Source: Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories | WIRED
An Arkansas police officer during a February arrest told a man who later died in police custody, “If you can talk, you can breathe,” according to newly-released footage.
An Arkansas police officer during a February arrest told a man who later died in police custody, “If you can talk, you can breathe,” according to newly-released footage.The Conway, Ark., Police Department released…
At least two lawmakers said Wednesday that they will self-quarantine after recently being around Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) said her decision to self-quarantine came after she sat next to Gohmert on a flight from their home state over the weekend.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, also said he will self-quarantine after chairing a hearing that Gohmert attended on Tuesday.
Source: Multiple lawmakers self-quarantine after exposure to Gohmert | TheHill
After four years on the job, Pompilio said there has been a significant drop in repeat 911 calls with approximately 15 percent fewer people going to jail.
Source: Kentucky town hires social workers instead of more officers – and the results are surprising
Gov. Greg Abbott has yet to formally announce a definitive plan for reopening Texas schools safely, but two actions Tuesday effectively compel districts to have students back in classrooms within eight weeks of the school year’s start.
After weeks of confusion and conflicting signals, Texas has settled into policies that effectively compel schools to reopen their classrooms this fall no later than eight weeks after the academic year begins, whether they want to or not. Teachers, parents, school administrators and public health officials have been seeking clarity for weeks on how the state will approach reopening schools safely as coronavirus infections and deaths rise across Texas.
Source: Texas schools compelled to reopen on state’s timetable 5:28 | The Texas Tribune