State Rep. Calls For Trump To Be Charged With 'Crimes Against Humanity'
Summit County, OH – A Democratic state representative from Ohio has vowed to refer President Donald Trump to The Hague for “crimes against humanity” for saying hydroxychloroquine is a potential treatment for coronavirus.
Ohio State Representative Tavia Galonski took to social media to rant about the President and issue threats after the White House task force briefing on Sunday, FOX News reported.
“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,” Galonski tweeted.
The representative admitted to the Capital Journal afterwards that she hadn’t the foggiest idea of how to actually make good on her threat.
“I honestly have no idea,” Galonski said. “But how hard can it be?”
She told the Capital Journal she planned how to find out how to refer President Trump to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands on Monday.
The ICC has 123 members, but the United States is not one of them, according to FOX News.
Only states who belong and non-members who have accepted the jurisdiction of the ICC can refer matters to the court.
The United Nations Security Council also has the ability to refer a matter for investigation, FOX News reported.
Galonski previously served as a magistrate in Summit County and was initially appointed to her seat in the state house in 2017, the Capital Journal reported.
This was not the first time a state lawmaker has raised concerns about President Trump’s promotion of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the pandemic.
In fact, a couple of high-profile critics of President Trump’s remarks have had to backtrack and admit the drug might be effective against the quickly-spreading virus.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office reversed its stance on the hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine drugs just a week after her office threatened “administrative action” against physicians who were prescribing the drugs for such use within the state of Michigan, FOX News reported.
Bureau of Professional Licensing Director Deb Gagliardi and Enforcement Division Director Forrest Pasanski addressed the issue in a recent letter to “licensed prescribers and dispensers,” according to the news outlet.
“The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose,” the joint letter read.
In badly-infected New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo was initially skeptical of assertions that dosing coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine was a harmless good idea.
On March 23, Cuomo banned pharmacists from dispensing the long-established medications for the purpose of treating coronavirus in an executive order.
He also limited pharmacists who were filling prescriptions for people who were already on the drug for another legitimate reason, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
But after the FDA approved experimenting with a combination of hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic Zithromax to treat the spreading pandemic later that same day, Cuomo got on board with testing the drug on his state’s skyrocketing coronavirus-infected population, WNBC reported.
"On the drug therapy, Tuesday we're going to start the hydroxychloroquine with the Zithromax. That's the drug combination that the President has been talking about,” Cuomo announced during his coronavirus press briefing later in the day.