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    On Saturday, President Trump touted a pair of anti-malaria drugs as potential treatment for COVID-19, citing anecdotal evidence as to their effectiveness when "taken together."

    Former First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has lashed out at President Trump on Twitter, calling on Americans not to “take medical advice from a man who looked directly at a solar eclipse.”

    The savage tweet, an apparent response to Trump’s controversial Twitter advice about the potential life-saving qualities of taking the anti-malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin together as a cure for the new coronavirus, exploded online, with users dividing up along partisan lines and posting a series of memes, each more vicious than the last.

    “I love Hillary Unplugged,” one user wrote, likening Clinton’s tweet to a comedy routine. “Listen to her,” another added posting video of the famous 2017 incident in which President Trump looked directly at a solar eclipse without wearing protective eyewear.

    The president’s defenders quickly shot back, however, urging Americans not to “take advice from someone who has 70 close friends that accidentally suicided themselves,” and, addressing Clinton, reminding her that she’s never going to be President. “Please do not take medical advice from a woman who’s obsessed with losing an election,” one user wrote.

    President Trump’s tweet about the supposed medical benefits against coronavirus of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin taken together has set off alarm bells in the medical community, with an Arizona man dying after mistaking a chemical chloroquine phosphate solution used to clean fish tanks that he and his wife had found in their pet supplies for the anti-malaria drug prescribed to people mentioned by Trump. Nigeria reported two fatal overdoses of chloroquine following Trump's remarks.

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