Ohio state Rep. Tavia Galonski (D) is looking to press charges against President Trump over his claims that hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating COVID-19.
“I can’t take it anymore,” Galonski tweeted Sunday night. “I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw.”
Galonski’s Twitter feed was flooded with responses from people fed up with Trump spreading potentially dangerous statements in the midst of a pandemic. When people started asking if they could help Galonski in some way, she tweeted “I need every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact me […] immediately.”
Galonski also retweeted one user who said that though Trump couldn’t be tried in the United States, he could be tried in countries that ratified the International Criminal Court.
Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malaria drug that is also used to treat some auto-immune diseases, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Two weeks ago, French doctors found that taking hydroxychloroquine along with an antibiotic “Z-pack” could possibly help treat COVID-19.
Trump has been touting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 ever since. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a longtime infectious disease expert who is advising the White House’s coronavirus task force, called the findings “anecdotal,” according to The Atlantic. Dr. Fauci noted the study was not a randomized clinical trial, and the French doctors who discovered the link even admitted the study did not meet their “expected standards” to prove any finding true.
Since Trump started pushing hydroxychloroquine, the Food and Drug Administration said the U.S. is now facing shortages of the drug, which is putting people with auto-immune diseases who rely on the drug at great risk. This warning came after news that a man died from ingesting a chemical that contained hydroxychloroquine over COVID-19 fears.
But none of that has stopped Trump from pushing the drug in his press conferences and on Twitter. The president has been promoting hydroxychloroquine so relentlessly, some have even accused him of having a stake in the company.
Forbes reports that Trump has a “small personal financial interest” in Sanofi, a French drugmaker that makes a brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine. Forbes reported Tuesday that Trump’s three family trusts have investments in a mutual fund where Sanofi is the largest holding company. However, his investments are estimated to be less than $3000.
Galonski told the Ohio Capital Journal that she doesn’t know exactly how she will go about pressing charges for crimes against humanity, so it may be a while yet before any action is taken.