A Democratic state representative from Ohio said that she plans to refer President Donald Trump to The Hague for crimes against humanity charges over his promotion of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.
Rep. Tavia Galonski tweeted late Sunday that her patience had reached its end after watching Trump speak during a coronavirus task force briefing and that she was ready to submit the referral.
"I can't take it anymore. I've been to The Hague. I'm making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow," Galonski wrote. "Today's press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one."
I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’… https://t.co/DTgdiRwIYI— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@Rep. Tavia Galonski)1586138588.0
According to the Ohio Capital Journal, Galonski is not exactly sure about how to go about making such a referral, but imagines that it won't be that difficult.
"I honestly have no idea [how to do it]," she admitted to the outlet Sunday evening. "But how hard can it be?"
The United Nations, which operates the International Criminal Court out of The Hague, defines "crimes against humanity" as acts such as murder, extermination, enslavement, torture, and other similarly inhumane acts "as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population."
In a follow-up tweet, Galonski requested help from the Twitter-sphere, requesting "every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level" to contact her immediately.
I need every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact me at email@example.com immediately.… https://t.co/fnzy02GqQH— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@Rep. Tavia Galonski)1586139575.0
Late last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked the pair of anti-malarial drugs — hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine — for testing and treatment of the novel coronavirus after three separate studies found the drugs to be potentially effective against the infectious disease.
President Trump has been supportive of using the drugs for treating COVID-19 patients despite some health officials warning that evidence of the drugs' efficacy is anecdotal. Health officials also warn that overuse of the drugs to treat COVID-19 could deplete the supply for those who regularly use the drug to treat illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
During Sunday's press briefing, the president continued to express support, arguing that people who are dying have nothing to lose in taking the drugs.
Despite the lack of conclusive evidence, several have reported success in using the drugs to fight severe symptoms of COVID-19.
Actor Daniel Dae Kim reported after contracting the virus in March that he believed hydroxychloroquine was the "secret weapon" in his recovery.
Then over the weekend, a doctor in Los Angeles told local news that he was seeing incredible success when combining the drug with zinc to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
"Every patient I've prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free," he said. "So, clinically I am seeing a resolution."