Just three weeks after MSNBC analyst Dr. Irwin Redlener compared President Trump to mass suicide-leading cult leader Jim Jones, he appeared on MSNBC Live and picked up where he left off.
This time, Redlener, the Director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, described the President as a “personal public health hazard to the citizens of this country.”
The discussion focused on President Trump’s decision to take hydroxychloroquine in an effort to protect him from contracting the coronavirus. Redlener and host Nicolle Wallace made it perfectly clear that they did not approve.
Redlener asked “is it possible that he’s completely oblivious to the fact that when he says and does things that it’s going to be emulated by so many people in America that are part of his cult .” At this point, Redlener appeared to show some self-awareness about the controversy he would cause by using the term “cult,” so he corrected himself to say “I mean, part of his following.” Nonetheless, Redlener quickly returned to form, describing the President’s actions as “preposterous” and “dangerous” and recycling the talking points about Trump telling people to ingest bleach before declaring “he has in fact himself become a personal public health hazard to the citizens of this country.”
About an hour before this, Wallace interviewed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and praised her as a “straight talker” for calling Trump “morbidly obese,” the MSNBC host provided a preview of coming attractions by bringing up the Speaker’s comment and highlighting how “his health report” showed that his “weight was technically morbidly obese.” They didn’t care that liberal-leaning PolitiFact rated that as “False.”