Rand Paul claims "hatred for Trump" hindering research into ivermectin as COVID treatment - 2021-08-28
Some conservatives and supporters of former President Donald Trump have promoted ivermectin, a drug primarily used to deworm livestock such as horses and cows, as a viable treatment for COVID-19. Scientific research has not shown the drug to be effective in treating the novel coronavirus, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Americans not to use the drug for COVID-19 infections.
But Paul told constituents in Kentucky on Friday that opposition to ivermectin was related to pushback towards the former president.
"The hatred for Trump deranged these people so much, that they're unwilling to objectively study it," the GOP senator told a crowd of about 60 people, the Cincinnati Enquirer first reported. "So someone like me that's in the middle on it, I can't tell you because they will not study ivermectin. They will not study hydroxychloroquine without the taint of their hatred for Donald Trump."