Opinion| Don’t look now but State Rep. Tavia Galonski, a Democrat from Ohio, ‘can’t take it anymore.’
Mr. Galonski has stated that she intends on referring President Trump to the International Criminal Court. The proposed charges? ‘Crimes against humanity.’
“I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow,” Galonski tweeted. “Today’s press conference was the last straw. 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 tweet came Sunday, after President Trump’s press conference where he endorsed the use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria which some doctors have reported exceptional results after treating patients with.
Earlier in the month, Laura Ingraham had Dr. Stephen Smith on her show to discuss the results he saw when treating his patients with the decades old anti-malaria drug.
Red State reported:
‘Dr. Stephen Smith, whom Fox News’ Laura Ingraham describes as one of the preeminent infectious disease specialists in the U.S., announced some very good news which, if true, would be a game changer in the fight against the… [you know what.]
‘Here is the great news. Dr. Smith said, “No person who has received five days or more of the hydroxychloroquine-zithro combination has been intubated. The chance of that occurring by chance [sic] according to my sons Leon and Hunter who did some stats for me are .000 something. It’s ridiculously low no matter how you look at it.”’
Smith added, “We worry about selection bias in this situation. But I cannot think of a reason why, if all else is equal, why people that have received five days or more or even four days or more of this hydroxychloroquine-zithro regimen wouldn’t get intubated.”
He calls this “a game-changer. An absolute game-changer. I think this data goes to really support the French data” and went so far as to say, “Laura, I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic.”’
It is important to note that the doctor’s experience is anecdotal and is not the result of a clinical study with an established control.
However, Dr. Smith is not the only one who is claiming to be seeing significant results through the treatment which President Trump has endorsed.
The Washington Times ran a story, who’s headline read: ‘Hydroxychloroquine rated ‘most effective therapy’ by doctors for coronavirus: Global survey’
The article claimed that:
‘An international poll of more than 6,000 doctors released Thursday found that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine was the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus.
The survey conducted by Sermo, a global health care polling company, of 6,227 physicians in 30 countries found that 37% of those treating COVID-19 patients rated hydroxychloroquine as the “most effective therapy” from a list of 15 options.
The survey also found that the most commonly prescribed treatments are analgesics (56%), azithromycin (41%) and hydroxychloroquine (33%).
Azithromycin, known by the brand name Zithromax or Z-Pak, was rated the second-most effective therapy at 32%, followed by “nothing,” analgesics (including acetaminophen), anti-HIV drugs and cough medicine.’
Again, this is all anecdotal. However, considering the dire straights the nation is in, with fears of hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions dead, I personally think this is something we should explore.
To be fair, there are also doctors and experts who are skeptical of the anecdotal results, as no clinical studies have been completed yet. Fox News reported that ‘Many governors, public-health officials, and others have warned that the drug has shown major side effects and its efficacy still remained unproven as a treatment for COVID-19. Some experts have expressed concern that widespread use of the drug could lead to complicating access for people who need them for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.’
State Rep. Galonski disagrees, she seems to think Trump should be tried at the Hague for ‘crimes against humanity’ for making the suggestion.
Fox News explained
‘The Hague is the site of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which boasts 123 state parties. The United States is not one of them. Only member states or non-members who accept the ICC’s jurisdiction can make referrals. Alternatively, the United Nations Security Council can also refer a matter for investigation.
“Crimes against humanity” is a category of offense that the ICC handles. The court provides a list of crimes that fall under this, including murder, extermination, enslavement, torture, and “other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.”
Fox News asked Rep. Galonski if there is a specific crime she is accusing Trump of committing, and how she plans on pursuing charges given the United States’ non-member status. She did not immediately respond.’
The Democrat State Rep. tweeted requesting help, suggesting that she would needed a ‘cadre of lawyers working on the case.’
‘I need every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. When we worked on international custody cases we had a cadre of lawyers working on the case. Suit up!’
I need every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact me at email@example.com immediately. When we worked on international custody cases we had a cadre of lawyers working on the case. Suit up! https://t.co/pkmF4cWGIQ
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020
Crimes against humanity for giving the nation hope based on the reports from doctors on the front lines of the fight against [you know what?] I’m trying to think of something clever to end this piece with, but I have nothing. Stay safe America.