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February 28, 2020

Trump takes credit for fewer cancer deaths as #SniffyMcAdderall trends

Twitter users responded to Trump's slurred speech and Tweet that takes credit for cancer cures.

The year 2020 is already poised to be one of the most chaotic and insane ever, thanks in large part to the never-ending antics of the 45th president and his enablers.

Today, January 9, the hashtag #SniffyMcAdderall is trending on Twitter, with over 36 thousand Tweets at the time of this writing.

The hashtag started after Trump mispronounced and slurred words during his address to the nation to justify the killing of Iran’s top commander, Qassem Soleimani.

Here are just a few examples from the alarming but darkly humorous Twitter trend:

Did he really just take credit for curing cancer?

At the same time, Trump took to Twitter himself, seemingly to take credit for the news that the cancer rate in the United States has dropped to a new low.

The New York Times reported that the sharp drop is due to breakthrough treatments for lung cancer and melanoma.

Trump stated:

“U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.”

Millions in cuts to cancer screening

However, as journalist Aaron Rupar from Vox states, Trump’s administration certainly can’t take the credit.

The cuts were reported in May 2019. Trump’s proposed childhood cancer initiative would receive an increase, but the overall cuts would be a big setback.

Lisa Lacasse, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network president, responded:

“If passed, the proposed cut to NIH and NCI funding would squander years of renewed momentum and progress in advancing discovery in cancer and other chronic diseases,” said Lacasse. “The additional $50 million dedicated to childhood cancer research, while welcome, will not be as effective as possible if overall research funding is significantly reduced. Childhood cancer research is intertwined with all of cancer research, and cuts to NIH and NCI funding will consequently have deleterious effects on such research regardless of age.”

Back in August, Trump promised to cure childhood cancer at a rally in Cincinnati.

Windmill cancer

Of course, given Trump’s record, the idea that Trump had any part in curing cancer is laughable at best. Rupar and others have recalled his past statement that windmills cause cancer as an example of his medical knowledge.

Last month, Trump went back to making bizarre remarks about windmills. This time, it was at a speech to a conservative student group.

CNN reported:

“The Americans have the President whose hatred of windmills is no less epic. He thinks they’re cancer-causing bird killers that drive down property values, and he fought against putting them within sight of his golf course.”

Similar to his cuts to cancer research, his policies eliminated punishments for killing birds, which was supposedly one of his other concerns about windmills.

As usual, Twitter users responded. Let’s hope that one day soon, we will have a President who won’t require an army of fact-checkers to address ludicrous comments and Tweets on a daily basis.


Featured image: Doctor via Pixabay with screenshots

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