A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus “cure” and who claims that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission COVID-19 has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone.
Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald Trump himself retweeted the video to his millions of followers.
Stella Immanuel appeared in a widely shared video this week published by the right-wing outlet Breitbart News.
The video shows people in white lab coats holding a press conference in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
The group calls itself “America’s Frontline Doctors,” and in the video, Immanuel argues that “you don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of COVID-19. She also claims that studies showing that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating the disease are “fake science” and sponsored by “fake pharma companies.” Immanuel also made the unsubstantiated claim that hydroxychloroquine is a “cure for covid.”
Immanuel, who is a licensed physician in Texas, according to the Texas Medical Board, has previously claimed on YouTube and in articles on her website that gynecological problems, such as endometriosis, cysts and infertility, are caused by individuals having sex with demons and witches in their dreams.
Immanuel has said in sermons on YouTube that widespread gynecological issues are caused by sexual contact with “spirit husbands” and “spirit wives.”
In a 2015 sermon, she claimed that alien DNA is used in medical treatments. In another 2015 sermon, she claimed that researchers are currently working on a vaccine to prevent individuals from being religious. In the same 2015 sermon in which she referenced alien DNA, she said the government is run by “reptilians,” not humans.
She has also said that popular children’s television shows and toys are being used to expose children to witches and spirits. She specifically cited the Harry Potter series, Pokémon, the shows “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Hannah Montana,” and more. She also said that Magic 8 Ball toys introduce children to witches.
In a news conference Tuesday, Trump addressed the video, saying: “I think they’re very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular.” He did not specify which woman. He added of hydroxychloroquine, “I happen to think it works in the early stages.”
When asked directly about Immanuel and why he might trust someone who believes that alien DNA is used in modern medicine, Trump responded: “I thought she was very impressive, in the sense that, from where she came — I don’t know what country she comes from — but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”
Trump’s new favorite Doctor-Freak, Stella Immanuel claims gynecological probs arise from having sex with demons or witches…she alleges alien DNA is used in medical treatments…& that science is creating vaccines that immunize against becoming religious!pic.twitter.com/Jcl4Rc6zYf
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) July 28, 2020