Meet President Trump’s new favorite COVID-19 doctor, Dr. Stella Immanuel, a homophobic preacher who praises hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus “cure” and who claims that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the novel coronavirus.
The Houston-area doctor shot to fame on the right-wing internet Monday when the president retweeted a video featuring her appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress. The video garnered tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone.
In the video – which has since been removed by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter after it was published by the right-wing outlet Breitbart News – she promotes the discredited coronavirus remedy, hydroxychloroquine while attacking “fake doctors” who doubt the efficacy of the drug, adding “you don’t need a mask.”
The video shows people in white lab coats holding a press conference in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Immanuel said she has treated patients with hydroxychloroquine along with zinc and the antibiotic Zithromax.
Donald Trump Jr. also called on his followers to check out her speech, noting on Twitter that it was “a must-watch.”
Immanuel, who runs the Fire Power Ministries in a strip mall next door to her clinic in Houston, was born in Cameroon and did her medical training in Nigeria, The Daily Beast reported.
On her Facebook page, she describes herself as: “Physician, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Deliverance Minister, God’s battle axe and weapon of war.”
According to the church’s “beliefs” section – which has now been taken down from the website – Fire Power Ministries says they are against “unmarried couples living together, homosexuality, bestiality, polygamy, etc.”
“Her attitude toward demonic forces has been described as cut-throat, a warrior to the core,” reads her online profile.
Immanuel is also a “wealth transfer coach” and believes “you can be saved, anointed, firebrand and wealthy too.”
Immanuel founded the church in 2002 and has given sermons attacking the LGBTQ community and promoting conspiracy theories including “the gay agenda, secular humanism, Illuminati and the demonic New World Order.”
She has claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches.
She alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, saying: “They’re using all kinds of DNA, even alien DNA, to treat people.”
In a 2015 sermon, she declared that the Illuminati are promoting a plan hatched by “a witch” to destroy the world using abortion, gay marriage, and children’s toys.
Immanuel warned her followers that gay marriage meant that “very soon people are going to be seeking to marry children.”
She accused gay Americans of practicing “homosexual terrorism” and praised a father’s decision to not love his transgender son after a gender transition.
“You know the crazy part?” Immanuel said. “The little girl demands he must love her anyway. Really? You will not get it from me, I’d be like ‘Little girl, when you come back to be a little girl again, but you talk—for now, I’m gone.'”
In a news conference Tuesday, Trump addressed the video, saying: “I think they’re very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular.” He did not specify which woman. He added of hydroxychloroquine, “I happen to think it works in the early stages.”
When asked directly about Immanuel and why he might trust someone who believes that alien DNA is used in modern medicine, Trump responded: “I thought she was very impressive, in the sense that, from where she came — I don’t know what country she comes from — but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”
Trump’s new favorite Doctor-Freak, Stella Immanuel claims gynecological probs arise from having sex with demons or witches…she alleges alien DNA is used in medical treatments…& that science is creating vaccines that immunize against becoming religious!pic.twitter.com/Jcl4Rc6zYf
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) July 28, 2020