'How do you sleep at night?: Anderson Cooper rips MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on COVID 'cure' claim - 2020-08-18
Anderson Cooper tore into My Pillow founder Mike Lindell for touting an unproven drug as a potential "cure" for COVID-19, calling the prominent supporter of President Donald Trump a "snake oil salesman" in a CNN interview.
Lindell has been advocating for the use of oleandrin, an extract from the oleander plant, as a treatment for the coronavirus. Lindell helped Andrew Whitney of Phoenix Biotechnology land an Oval Office meeting in July where they pitched the drug to Trump, according to reports from The Washington Post, CNN and Axios. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson also attended the meeting, Axios reported.
Lindell, who has a financial stake in Phoenix Biotechnology, told Cooper that he learned about the drug from a friend, who told Lindell he had "answer to the virus." He said he brought the news to Carson, a neurosurgeon but not an expert in infectious diseases, who declared it to be the "real deal" and brought it to the president.