On Monday night, much of the evening news cycle was dominated by Trump’s admission that he takes hydroxychloroquine prophylactically. The anti-malaria drug has been touted by the president since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic — he at one time called it a “game-changer” — even though the medical community has largely rejected it. Not only is the drug largely ineffective against the coronavirus, it’s also been linked to deaths of patients who have taken it.
One topic that was on Trump’s mind Monday night, at least as far as his Twitter feed goes, was Fox News host Neil Cavuto. Cavuto has been clear that he is in disagreement with the president about hydroxychloroquine’s supposed benefits, and indeed, has even warned that it could be fatal.
“If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus… it will kill you. I cannot stress this enough: This will kill you.”
In response, Trump lamented the state of the news channel, even suggesting that he’s considering looking for a new news outlet.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
Trump also retweeted a tweet containing the Fox News clip in which Cavuto rails against the use of hydroxychloroquine. The tweet also seemed to reference the juxtaposition of the views of the drug shared by two different, prominent Fox News personalities.
Fox News on hydroxychloroquine in the last two days:
Neil Cavuto: It’ll kill you!!!
Laura Ingraham: Take it! Take it! Take it!
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 18, 2020
The account, @HoarseWhisperer, has been consistently critical of Trump. Indeed, HuffPost writer Ed Mazza described the account as “a pretty constant thorn in Trump’s social media side.”
Whoever manages the account certainly noticed that the Twitter feed had caught the president’s attention, although Trump may not be interested in retweeting what the account posted next.
“The man who just retweeted me is a complete f*ckopotamus. He is also the President.”
And in a follow-up tweet, the account-holder tweeted that, while he or she had Trump’s attention, he or she wanted the president to direct his attention to a previous tweet written about him.
“Your eventual tomb will see more urine than a stadium bathroom.”
The identity of the person who manages the account is unclear, as of this writing. Neither the Patreon page associated with it nor the respective Ko-fi page identify the owner, and on Twitter he or she simply identifies as a “purveyor of opinions, commentary and sarcasm.”