The Lincoln Project — a political action committee composed of current and former Republicans working to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump — continues to lampoon the president’s activities with parody videos. On Thursday, the group hit Trump via Twitter by turning his recent video endorsement of Regeneron’s experimental therapy, REGN-COV2, into a 1980s-style infomercial advertising the COVID-19 treatment.
In Trump’s original tweet, the commander-in-chief was shown speaking at length about his stay at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week. According to the president, he wasn’t feeling well until he took Regeneron’s drug, which he claims he had suggested to his doctors as a possible treatment.
He then stated that the improvement was marked and came in a relatively short amount of time. Throughout the five-minute clip, Trump also touched on myriad related topics, including a forthcoming emergency authorization for the therapy, his opinion that REGN-COV2 is more important than the development of a vaccine and his desire to make it a freely available to all Americans.
Finally, he issued another admonishment of China, which he feels is responsible for the continuing spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.
Using that footage, The Lincoln Project published a brief clip in which Trump looks to be acting as a paid spokesman for the drug. The group added upbeat, synthesizer music, bright graphics and other audio and visual effects to create a parodic, retro-inspired infomercial for Regeneron.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 8, 2020
In less than an hour after the ad appeared on the PAC’s Twitter feed, the post had racked up more than 20,000 likes, in addition to almost 9,000 replies and retweets.
“But wait there’s more, if you act immediately… a My Pillow will be thrown in for FREE!” tweeted one commenter. “BTW Def. NOT my favorite pres!”
“How can this drug pushing be legal?” wondered another Twitter user. “His tacky infomercial is medical malpractice. The entire Trump presidency has caused nationwide PTSD and emotional distress.”
“My favorite part is the pitchy music bed. That is some award-worthy attention to detail,” read another comment.
Meanwhile, other commenters took issue with what they considered to be an attempt to slander the president and/or overstate his alleged ties to the treatment’s maker.
As reported by The Inquisitr, REGN-COV2 involves using an antibody cocktail to ease coronavirus symptoms in people who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill. The medication supposedly helps their bodies combat the virus more efficiently.