Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania was a guest on “The View” on Tuesday to discuss COVID-19. The GOP Congressman mentioned taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug that has shown great promise in some studies.
“I can’t believe anyone with a brain would take that stuff,” co-host Joy Behar declared. That’s when sparks flew as Rep. Kelly shut Behar down without losing his cool.
Rep. Mike Kelly, 72, revealed that he took hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 after he was infected with the coronavirus. He was diagnosed with the virus in March and has since recovered.
During an interview on The View Tuesday, Kelly explained some of his symptoms and revealed that he was prescribed hydroxychloroquine.
“I thought at first I just had some strain of the flu,” he said. “I didn’t really recognize it as something that I hadn’t had before. My wife, though, was very, very aware of it and said, ‘You know what, you’re sleeping with two blankets on, you’re still cold, you’re not eating, you have no sense of taste, and when you sleep, you’re sleeping like 16 to 18 hours a day, and you’re still tired.’”
Kelly said that within a day of getting tested, “they told me, ‘Listen, you have the virus, so what we want you to do is stay home, and we’ll prescribe stuff.’ So a Z-Pak, which most people use, and then the hydroxychloroquine, I took it. So maybe that reduced the effects on me, but I didn’t have the respiratory part, which is a real blessing.”
That’s when Joy Behar attempted to trash Rep. Kelly over the anti-malarial drug. For Behar, this is political and has nothing to do with hydroxychloroquine.
“Wow. I can’t believe anybody with a brain would take that stuff,” Joy said. “But you seem like an intelligent guy. You’re a representative in Congress. Why would you take that drug? There are terrible consequences.”
This just isn’t true, and everyone knows the Dems started attacking hydroxychloroquine right after the president began praising its possible effectiveness in April.
Rep. Kelly knows where Behar is coming from and had no problem shutting her down.
“I appreciate that’s your view, that’s not my view,” the lawmaker responded. “And we’re on The View, but let me say this to you. In my case, I can’t say definitively that’s what cured me, but I can say definitively that I took it, and I can say that I went through a period of time that I was sick. I came out of it within about nine days, and then I self-quarantined for another month on top of that.”