Fact check: Did a Democratic lawmaker in Michigan credit Trump for her COVID-19 recovery?
Matthew Brown, USA TODAY Published 2:00 p.m. ET April 8, 2020 | Updated 2:14 p.m. ET April 8, 2020CLOSE President Donald Trump jumped in when a reporter asked Dr. Anthony Fauci about the controversial use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus. WochitThe claim: A Michigan Democratic state representative praised President Donald Trump and the drug hydroxychloroquine for her recovery from COVID-19On Tuesday, Ben Shapiro, a prominent conservative, posted a video on his Facebook page with the headline “INCREDIBLE: Democratic State Lawmaker Thanks President Trump For Saving Life.” The post also reads: “Democratic State Representative, Karen Whitsett, credits President Trump for saving her life and for pushing hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus.”Later in the day, President Donald Trump congratulated the Democratic Michigan state representative for her recovery from COVID-19 during an evening press briefing.”She thought she was dead,” the president said at the administration’s coronavirus task force briefing. “I think she’ll be voting for me now.”Whitsett, who represents part of Detroit in Michigan’s House of Representatives, spoke of her experience with hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19 on Fox News.”For me, it saved my life,” the lawmaker told Laura Ingraham Monday evening. “I only can go by what it is that I have gone through and what my story is, and I