After a four day stay in Walter Reed hospital Donald Trump posted a video to Twitter making claims about having good health and praising an experimental, yet to be FDA approved, drug Regeneron.
Trump claimed it was his suggestion to receive the drug as treatment for the virus and touted it's effectiveness saying:
"I went in and I wasn't feeling so hot, and within a very short period of time they gave me Regeneron. It's called Regeneron."
"And other things too, but I think this was the key. They gave me Regeneron. And it was like, unbelievable."
In a nod to his evangelical base the President even referred to the mix of monoclonal antibodies as "a blessing from God."
"So I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise"
Except…the "blessing" Trump described was only possible thanks to the use of stem cells derived from abortion tissue.
The Trump administration has aimed to please the pro-life GOP voter base by taking a strict stance against the use of fetal tissue in medical research. In fact, in 2019 it celebrated a "major pro-life victory" after preventing the National Institutes of Health from funding research involving these stem cells. Trump supporters referred to the practice as "outrageous and disgusting" and called it "experimentation using baby body parts."
The company that developed the experimental drug, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, utilized HEK 293T cells (originally fetal tissue from an abortion in the Netherlands) to manufacture virus like "pseudoparticles" to test the effectiveness of different antibodies on the virus.
The hypocrisy was blatant in the Trump administration's lack of comment on the President suggesting and using the very type of treatment they worked for 4 years to ban.
The conservative administration has continued to block any scientific research that relies even indirectly on abortion tissue.
People had some questions.
The Trump family also has large sums of money invested into Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and the promotion of the company by Trump sounded like a sales pitch to some. Want to know who really benefits from something? Follow the money.
While Trump continues his pro-life stance against this potential life saving research, his fight against accessible health care and blaming U.S. problems on immigration and China many are left questioning the President's motive and capability.