An Arizona couple made headlines after fatally consuming fish tank cleaner in an attempt to prevent being infected with coronavirus.
The husband, Gary, died and his wife, Wanda, was admitted to the hospital.
Wanda has requested that her and her late husband's last name not be reported in the media.
However, the media attempted to link the couple's ingestion of fish tank cleaner to President Trump.
President Trump, of course, has not encouraged anyone to take fish tank cleaner. He has simply touted the potential and promising benefits of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.
But fish tank cleaner contains chloroquine as well as other chemicals.
After media and prominent Democratic leaders have attempted to tie President Trump to the Arizona couple, it is now revealed that the couple were known for donating to Democratic causes.
More details below, including a tweet from Senator Scott Surovell, who linked President Trump to the couple's decision to ingest fish tank cleaner:
Wanda herself has admitted that her and her husband "weren't big supporters of [Trump]."
The Federal Election Commission also shows that Wanda and her husband donated thousands to Democratic organizations and political action committees.
They also donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign and voted for her.
The Free Beacon has more on their donations and Wanda's statements:
The Arizona woman who said that she and her 68-year-old husband ingested a substance used to clean fish tanks after hearing President Donald Trump tout chloroquine as a cure for the coronavirus has given thousands of dollars to Democratic groups and candidates over the last two years.
The woman's most recent donations, in late February, were to a Democratic PAC, the 314 Action Fund, that bills itself as the "pro-science resistance" and has vocally criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and held up her case to slam the White House.
Although local and national media outlets withheld the couple's names, the Washington Free Beacon established their identities through descriptions in local news reports, where the pair were identified by their first names and ages: Gary, 68, and Wanda, 61. The Free Beacon is withholding their identities at Wanda's request.
Federal Election Commission records show that Wanda has donated thousands of dollars to Democratic electoral groups and candidates over the past two years, including Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and EMILY's List, a group that aims to elect pro-choice female candidates.
Wanda told the Free Beacon that she and her husband were both Democrats, not Trump supporters. They heard about the potential benefits of chloroquine, an antimalarial drug, in news reports. She decided at the "spur of the moment" to try taking it, but reached for a fish tank cleaner in her pantry that contains chloroquine phosphate, a different and deadly form of the chemical. The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for the use of chloroquine to treat coronavirus on Sunday.
"We weren't big supporters of [Trump], but we did see that they were using it in China and stuff," Wanda told the Free Beacon. "And we just made a horrible, tragic mistake," she said. "It was stupid, and it was horrible, and we should have never done it. But it's done and now I've lost my husband. And my whole life was my husband."
"We didn't think it would kill us," she added. "We thought if anything it would help us ‘cus that's what we've been hearing on the news."
Will the media report this new detail?
Or will it be blacked out of the news because it appears to vindicate President Trump?
The media appears to be covering anything that could possibly help the president during this crisis.
For example, after the president's approval ratings improved after his daily press briefings, many media outlets such as MSNBC have refused to air them in their entirety.
They claim that there's nothing newsworthy since the pressers are happening daily and appear to prefer commenting on individual clips that can be spun out of context.
That's exactly what happened with the Arizona couple's story.
Never once has the president encouraged Americans to drink fish tank cleaner.
Furthermore, it's obvious that there are other chemicals in the cleaner and that it is not the same as prescription medicine.
Given that the couple did not vote for President Trump and that records show they were active democrats, it's unlikely that the president's comments on chloroquine directly lead them to ingest fish tank cleaner.
Still, the media attempted to blame Trump for this, according to Fox News:
Several media organizations that confused the chloroquine medication with chloroquine phosphate later issued corrections. The New York Times, though, all but accused Trump of recommending the same substance in the fish-tank cleaner.
Nevertheless, Wanda drew national attention by claiming that Trump had suggested she consume the fish-tank cleaner with her husband, and that she did so to avoid "getting sick."
"My advice is don’t believe anything that the president says and his people because they don’t know what they’re talking about," Wanda told NBC News' Vaughn Hillyard.
Wanda added, overstating the president's remarks: "We saw Trump on TV—every channel—and all of his buddies and that this was safe [sic]. ... Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure."
She claimed that within "20 minutes" of taking the chemical, she felt "dizzy and hot" and started "vomiting," and her husband "started developing respiratory problems and wanted to hold my hand."
Queried by Hillyard on what advice she would give the American people, she reiterated, "Oh my God. Don't take anything. Don't believe anything. Don’t believe anything that the president says and his people ... call your doctor."
The Washington Free Beacon quickly unearthed evidence that NBC News did not, including Wanda's numerous donations to Democrats as recently as February. In that month, Wanda donated to the PAC 314 Action Fund, which has called itself the "pro-science resistance" to the White House.
Federal Election Commission records reviewed by the outlet revealed numerous other recipients of Wanda's cash, including Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the pro-choice EMILY's List.
Medical scientists and researchers are working to find a vaccine or a cure for the novel coronavirus.
To be approved, the medication must undergo multiple rounds of clinical trials.
If you or a loved one suspects a COVID-19 infection, it's critical to get tested and to contact your healthcare provider for instruction immediately.
People should continue to heed guidelines set forth by the CDC and other authorities, rather than attempting to self medicate with unproven substances like fish tank cleaner.