Ohio lawmaker: Trump should be prosecuted for promoting potential coronavirus treatment

It appears that one side effect of the coronavirus pandemic here in the United States is a worsening of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) for those intractable critics of the president who’ve been so afflicted, and it has been most apparent in the hysterically incessant opposition to President Donald Trump’s mere mention of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 infections.

That was clearly on display on Sunday when a Democratic state legislator from Ohio announced that she intended to make a “crimes against humanity” referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Trump due to his continued promotion of the “unproven” drug to treat coronavirus, TheBlaze reported.

Lawmaker pledges criminal referral

Rep. Tavia Galonski (D), who represents Ohio’s 35th district, in response to a suggestion on social media that Trump should face charges, tweeted on Sunday night, “I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”

She followed that up a short time later with another tweet soliciting legal assistance for her quest, and wrote, “I need every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact me at [email protected] immediately. When we worked on international custody cases we had a cadre of lawyers working on the case. Suit up!”

Those tweets from Galonski came in the wake of President Trump once again touting the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential “game-changer” in terms of treating COVID-19, something he has been doing for a couple of weeks based on a handful of small studies and ample anecdotal evidence from doctors and patients which suggests that, at least for some people, it is quite effective as an inexpensive treatment with relatively few side effects.

The media-fueled controversy comes from the fact that hydroxychloroquine hasn’t been fully tested in large clinical trials or received formal approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for specific use to treat the coronavirus, though the FDA has given its blessing for the decades-old and proven safe drug to be used for such “off-label” purposes on an emergency basis.

Jurisdictional problem

The Ohio Capital Journal reported that Galonski tweeted hundreds of times on Sunday evening into Monday morning about her idea to bring charges against Trump at the ICC in The Hague, The Netherlands, for his alleged “crimes against humanity” of promoting a drug that might help coronavirus patients.

Galonski told a reporter that she fully intended to follow through on her idea, though she admitted she was unsure how to go about doing so. “I honestly have no idea,” she said, and added, “But how hard can it be?”

Fox News reported that there was one rather significant problem with Galonski’s plan, however, in that the United States is not one of the 123 member states of the ICC, and only member states or non-members who have submitted to the ICC’s jurisdiction — which the U.S. has most definitely not — or the United Nations Security Council are permitted to lodge formal charges.

Furthermore, it remains unclear exactly what specific “crimes against humanity” with which Galonski would like Trump charged, as that term is simply a broad category that encompasses such internationally-scaled travesties like genocidal “murder, extermination, enslavement, torture,” or other such “inhumane acts” against the innocent.

TDS gone wild

To be sure, there is a modicum of legitimacy to the question of whether President Trump should so frequently and confidently tout the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in the battle against coronavirus, as a more cautiously optimistic tone might be more advisable in this case.

That said, his promotion of the drug only rises to the level of a “crime against humanity” in the TDS-addled minds of his staunchest critics, and it is nonsense like Galonski’s tweets that actually do a disservice to those who would prefer a more moderate tone from the president on a serious matter of national importance.

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