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We’re in the Very Best of Hands, America

Axios’s Jonathan Swan offers some eye-opening news:

To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.

Driving the news: The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It’s embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.

Ah, Ben Carson is touting a dietary supplement as a wondrous cure for a serious life-threatening ailment. Does this feel strangely familiar to you?

You knew Carson’s relationship with Mannatech was going to be an omen in some way, didn’t you?