Beleaguered President Donald Trump just got a little good news Monday. Michigan Democratic state Rep. Karen Whitsett of Detroit is now crediting hydroxychloroquine — and Trump who touted the drug — for saving her life in a battle with coronavirus.
President Trump took to Twitter and posted: “Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan. So glad you are getting better!” As Rep. Whitsett would reply: “Thank you Mr. President!”
Thank you Mr. President! https://t.co/JReEnoRKeJ
— Karen Whitsett (@KayLyme) April 6, 2020
The Detroit Free Press reported:
Whitsett said she was familiar with “the wonders” of hydroxychloroquine from a bout with Lyme disease, but does not believe she would have thought to ask for it, or that her doctor would have prescribed it, had Trump not been touting it as a possible treatment for COVID-19.
At his daily coronavirus briefings, Trump has repeatedly touted the drug in combination with antibiotic azithromycin, despite criticism from health professionals that it’s unproven and potentially dangerous. There have also been complaints Trump’s remarks resulted in a shortage of the drug by people who normally use it for its recommended purposes.
While Whitsett claimed the president’s guidance was key for her. “It has a lot to do with the president … bringing it up,” she stated. “He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority.” When asked if she thinks Trump saved her life, she remarked: “Yes, I do. I do thank him for that.”
The Free Press further told:
Whitsett said her husband works as an engineer at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and they believe he was exposed at work. He is still awaiting the results of his COVID-19 test.
She has lost people close to her through COVID-19 — a fellow Detroit lawmaker also a member of the clergy, among others — telling the entire experience has been scary.
In addition she indicated that people in Detroit are not taking this quarantine seriously. “I see it in my own community — not being quarantined and still having house parties,” Whitsett revealed.
“This is a very uncertain time,” she added, “As a lawmaker, I want to be sure, but I’m not always sure.” And declared, “There have been pandemics before, so we do know that there will be an end to it.”
Quite an endorsement from across the aisle.