After reports of the tweet appeared in the media, Daly said Monday that the video was done “in fun,” angrily adding: “Grow up, reporters.”
Daly begins the video by plugging all the Trump golf courses and offering some words of encouragement before announcing: “I kinda got a cure” for COVID-19. He says he only drinks one drink a day, then holds up a full bottle of Belvedere Vodka — and a cup of McDonald’s Diet Coke to sip it with.
“And that’s the way you kill this coronavirus, I believe,” he adds. “Be safe, y’all.”
Daly lashed out after the video was first reported Sunday in Golfweek, which called the PGA player either “ignorant” or responsible for a “lame attempt at humor.”
Daly’s message, even if it was meant in jest, is a potentially dangerous one, with the added weight of being promoted by a brand owned by the president. The crackpot theory circulating on social media that liquor is a coronavirus cure has made the World Health Organization’s “myth-busters” site.
In fact, alcohol consumption can make people even more vulnerable to COVID-19 because it can weaken the immune system, experts have warned. “Consuming alcohol will not destroy the virus, and its consumption is likely to increase the health risks if a person becomes infected with the virus,” says a WHO fact sheet.
Twitter followers were stunned. One said she reported the tweet to Twitter for promoting a false coronavirus cure, and another quipped that Daly could soon be added to the president’s coronavirus “response team.”
Trump Golf could not immediately be reached for comment.
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