An Ohio state lawmaker said Sunday that she wants to see President Trump prosecuted in the international court for alleged crimes against humanity.
The crimes in question? The president’s continuous promotion of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a promising treatment for the coronavirus,
“I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow,” Rep. Tavia Galonski tweeted. “Today’s press conference was the last straw,” Galonski added. “I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”
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. https://t.co/XQin24gqY4
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020
The International Criminal Court recognizes crimes against humanity as “extermination; enslavement; deportation or forcible transfer of population, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;
torture; rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity; persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, or other grounds; enforced disappearance of persons; the crime of apartheid; other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.”
When asked by the Ohio Capital Journal if she actually intended to pursue this action, Galonski replied: “Yes!”
The lawmaker wasn’t able to explain how she planned to go about having the president prosecuted at the Hague, however.
“I honestly have no idea,” Galonski told the Capital Journal on Sunday evening. “But how hard can it be?”
She said her plan was to find out on Monday the referral procedure for reporting an alleged crime against humanity to The Hague.
Galonski’s post received considerable attention, receiving 18,000 likes within just two hours and more than 70,000 by 6 p.m. on Monday.
The representative tweeted more than 230 times late Sunday evening, most of them retweets from users supporting her idea. Galonski was much quieter on Monday, tweeting just a few times and only twice early on about the proposal to prosecute Trump.
NBC News legal analyst Glenn Kirschner tweeted that the president’s conduct “satisfies all three elements of involuntary manslaughter.”
Trump’s conduct easily satisfies all 3 elements of involuntary manslaughter. In fact, his gross negligence is beginning to look more like conduct evincing a “conscious disregard of an extreme risk of death/serious bodily injury = the standard for depraved heart/2nd degree murder. https://t.co/XVHYy5CqWU
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 6, 2020
Galonski allegedly served as a magistrate in the Summit Count Common Pleas Court and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.
American Greatness asked the representative Tuesday afternoon for an update on her effort to have the president prosecuted at the Hague but didn’t receive an immediate reply.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week issued an Emergency Use Authorization to allow hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine products donated to the Strategic National Stockpile(SNS) to be distributed and used for hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The drugs have been used safely for decades to treat malaria and certain inflammatory conditions.
Several studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that the drug can help cure patients suffering with coronavirus when taken with the antibiotic azithromycin. On the other hand, a small recent study showed that hydroxychloroquine does not help the immune system clear the coronavirus from the body.
The president first mentioned the drugs as potential ammo in the war against COVID-19 during a coronavirus task force press conference on March 19.
The president appears to want to put all the information about the drugs out in the public square so seriously ill patients and their doctors can have an opportunity to try the potentially life-saving treatments.
Government bureaucrats and partisan Democrats have fiercely opposed the president’s promotion of the drugs for two main reasons. The bureaucrats worry that the demand for the drugs will greatly exceed the supply and lead to shortages, which is a valid concern. Americans are thus told that the drugs (like protective facial masks initially) are not effective or desirable.
Partisan Democrats and Never-Trumpers see this conflict between the president and the ruling class as an opportunity to hammer the president for touting an “unproven” and potentially dangerous drug. They continue to cite the case of the Arizona man who died as a result of ingesting a form of chloroquine found in fish tank cleaners. To date, there have been no reports of actual coronavirus patients being harmed by the medication—only helped.
The anti-Trumpers’ oppositional “Orange Man Bad” approach dictates that everything the president opposes must be supported even if its bad for America, and everything the he supports must be opposed—even if it saves lives.
The MSM this week debuted a new line of attack against the president’s endorsement of chloroquine, accusing him of having a “jaw-dropping” financial conflict of interest.
NEW: If hydroxychloroquine becomes an accepted coronavirus treatment, several companies stand to profit, some with shareholders & execs connected to TRUMP.
Trump himself has a small interest in @Sanofi, which makes a brand-name hydroxychloroquine version. https://t.co/yMXoqixx95
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 7, 2020
New York Times piece on Trump's support for chloroquine includes a seemingly jaw-dropping line he has a financial conflict of interest.
The piece was 32 paragraphs long. I humbly suggest this 33rd paragraph. pic.twitter.com/3F0l8MYCPl
— Stanley Pignal (@spignal) April 7, 2020
According to one analysis, the amount of money invested is beyond negligible.
According to Trump’s financial disclosure, he owns between $1,000 – $15,000 of Dodge & Cox fund.
Dox & Cox’s fund has 2.9% of its money in Sanofi.
Trump owns 2.9% of btw $1,000 – $15,000.
Trump owns $29 to $435 of stock.
lol NYT didn't think anyone would do the math. pic.twitter.com/ThjWpe34ry
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 7, 2020
Imagine thinking that President Trump is promoting HCQ because (through a mutual fund) he owns $99 of stock in Sanofi, which hasn't sold the drug in the United States since 2013 and is presently *donating* its supply to France.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 7, 2020
As Breitbart’s John Hayward sagely noted on Twitter Tuesday morning, the MSM’s obsession with controversializing the drug has become glaringly obvious.
“The media is putting a hundred times more effort into attacking chloroquine than they are into criticizing the Chinese Communist Party for unleashing the pandemic,” Hayward tweeted. “They’re hitting this medicine like Trump just nominated it to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.”
The media is putting a hundred times more effort into attacking chloroquine than they are into criticizing the Chinese Communist Party for unleashing the pandemic. They're hitting this medicine like Trump just nominated it to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) April 7, 2020