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Yes, OBVIOUSLY Donald Trump Has a Personal Financial Reason for Pushing Hydroxychloroquine

Of COURSE he does.

Trump speaks during a press briefing.

For weeks, Donald Trump has been pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for the COVID-19 coronavirus. He’s been talking about it in press briefings and tweeting about it, calling it a “game changer,” despite his own medical experts’ repeated assertion that there’s no actual scientific evidence to back that up yet.

So why has he been so insistent? Come on, you know the answer to that.

According to the New York Times, Trump “has a small personal financial interest” in Sanofi, the company that makes Plaquenil, which is the name-brand version of the drug.

On top of that, the paper writes, “Some associates of Mr. Trump’s have financial interests in the issue. Sanofi’s largest shareholders include Fisher Asset Management, the investment company run by Ken Fisher, a major donor to Republicans, including Mr. Trump.”

And there’s more! Back in 2018, it was reported that Swiss drugmaker Novartis paid then-Trump lawyer/current federal prison inmate Michael Cohen about $1.2 million to gain access to Trump. At the time, this was just your basic Trump-level corruption and Novartis was one of a handful of companies named in the same report. But guess what Novartis happens to be the world’s largest manufacturer of. You guessed it!

Just remember, every time Trump says something like “I’ll donate my salary” or “Okay fine, I won’t take any stimulus money,” it means exactly nothing because his wellspring of corruption will never run dry. And when he says things like “What do you have to lose?”–a direct quote from one of his press briefings–well, the answer is probably “A lot.”

(image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.