A disturbing video went viral over Memorial Day Weekend that showed a pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks in which hundreds of people were crowded together and not practicing any sort of social distancing.
Comedian Chelsea Handler retweeted that video and shared a message that took a jab at Donald Trump. “If people want to do this, they need to do it at Mar-a-Lago,” she wrote, in reference to his Florida resort.
Handler has been critical of the president throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Last month she tweeted, “It would be great to have a leader right now. A plan for moving forward that was mindful and kept our vulnerable people safe. Any plans would be great. Any leader with any plan. Anyone? Only 300 million people looking for someone to lead…I’ll take almost anyone at this point.”
If people want to do this, they need to do it at Mar-a-Lago. https://t.co/LCHxekf1a8
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) May 24, 2020
Last week, she joked at Trump’s expense after he revealed he’d been taking the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.
“Looking into eclipses, drinking Clorox, taking hydroxychloroquine— it bears repeating, do the opposite of whatever Trump is doing,” Handler wrote.
“I’m taking it for about a week and a half now and I’m still here, I’m still here,” Trump said last Monday. “You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the frontline workers before you catch it, the frontline workers, many, many are taking it. I happen to be taking it.”
Now that Trump can see that strong men wear PPE, I wonder if he will let Mike Pence start to wear protection. pic.twitter.com/FcR0FBcXtO
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 30, 2020
Trump was asked if he has any evidence that the drug has positive benefits. “Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it,” he replied. “I’ve heard a lot of good stories [about hydroxychloroquine] and if it’s not good, I’ll tell you right I’m not going to get hurt by it,” he added.
The president’s doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, wrote that “we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risk” in a statement on Monday.
He added: “In consultation with our inter-agency partners and subject matter experts around the country, I continue to monitor the myriad studies investigating potential COVID-19 therapies, and I anticipate employing the same shared medical decision making based on the evidence at hand in the future.”
On Friday, Trump capped off the week by insisting that governors allow places of worship to be opened.
“Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump said.
“Some governors have deemed liquor stores & abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches … it’s not right. So I am correcting this injustice and am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches and places of worship to open right now,” he continued.
“These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united. The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, go to their mosque,” he said.