Donald Trump Jr. is being fed to the wolves online boosted a conspiracy theory smearing a woman as a murderer to shield his father from blame in her husband’s death.
The couple ingested fish tank cleaner, which contains a chemical touted by President Donald Trump as a possible treatment for the coronavirus, and initial news reports about the man’s death and his wife’s hospitalization cast blame on the president.
The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization Sunday for malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which Trump had called a treatment despite extremely limited evidence of its effectiveness.
The 61-year-old woman said she and her 68-year-old husband ingested some chloroquine they found in their pantry, but it was not in medicine form and not safe for human consumption.
The president’s eldest son retweeted a link from a right-leaning conspiracy theory account that posted screen shots of a purported deposition the woman gave in 2012 claiming a history of mental illness and a desire to divorce her husband, with the apparent implication that she murdered him years later and blamed the president.
I look forward to the media follow up to this story. I mean they were very fast to blame Trump for this couple dosing themselves with Fish Tamk Cleaner 🙄 that people likely deserve to hear this part too? No? https://t.co/oODNA0dv04
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 31, 2020
Other social media users blasted Trump Jr. for attempting to smear the woman based on flimsy evidence.
So a crazy person drank fish cleaner because your dad said it was o.k.?
What's the defense for AR-15s?
— Seldom right, but never unsure (@Pete2303) March 31, 2020
Which means what? She followed your old man’s advice junior. Think about that.
— David Brown (@dhbrown808) March 31, 2020
What is a "tamk"?
Is it like a cofefe?
— JoeTaxpayer® (@JoeTaxpayerBlog) March 31, 2020
Sure she is crazy she supports your dad
— VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO! #theyallknew (@meowmix67) March 31, 2020
— Echo (@EchoWarrior101) March 31, 2020
So what? Your father should be aware that unstable people are watching and should choose what he says more wisely!
— ManaMana (@Julia21023) March 31, 2020
Slow your roll, baby Don.
Daddy is currently getting lots of people killed.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) March 31, 2020
The point is they thought they were taking the medicine dimwit and that is on Trump
— stupiditykills (@stupiditykills2) March 31, 2020
Are you saying people have to be crazy to follow your father’s advice?
— maggie mendacity (@MaggieMendacity) March 31, 2020
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