Get ready for a journey, friends. This story has it all: demons, witchcraft, aliens, lizard people… and Donald Trump.
On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. endorsed a video featuring Stella Immanuel, a Houston-based pediatrician, on Twitter. Shortly afterward, his account was locked for 12 hours after violating the social media platform’s policy regarding the spread of false COVID-19 information. Donald Trump also retweeted the video, as did countless others.
Although Immanuel’s video was removed from Facebook for its dangerous misinformation, more than 13 million people watched it. The viral spread of the video–ironic, considering its topic–was doubtlessly sped up by people who couldn’t believe her wild claims. However, the video was widely shared in far-right conservative circles, too.
So how weird are we talking?
At Lurking Beyond, we approach the paranormal and unexplained with a healthy mix of skepticism and openness. We try to be a little bit Scully and a little bit Mulder. But Stella Immanuel makes the Lone Gunmen look like amateurs.
Her beliefs are so far down the rabbit hole that they’ve come out the other side into a bizarro-land where demon sperm causes infertility and kids are being enticed into witchcraft by Hannah Montana.
Things started reasonably enough, by comparison. Immanuel reinforced Trump’s idea that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychoroquine was effective against the coronavirus.
As a speaker at the “White Coat Summit,” a publicity stunt funded by the Tea Party Patriots to undermine the overwhelming scientific evidence regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Immanuel claimed to have cured hundreds of patients using the drug.
Afterward, on social media, she repeatedly dared Dr. Anthony Fauci and other prominent health officials to send her their pee so she could test it. She believes that they’re all secretly taking hydroxychoroquine and then lying about the drug’s effectiveness. But that’s far from the most controversial thing she said.
Immanuel believes that we don’t need to wear face coverings, as encouraged by the CDC, stating “Hello, you don’t need a mask. There is a cure.”
Before she had a chance to really warm up to her topic, however, Immanuel’s speech was cut short. Maybe it’s because someone in charge just looked up her earlier medical claims. This is where things get weird.
Born in Cameroon and educated in Nigeria, Immanuel currently practices as a pediatrician and preacher in Houston, Texas. Over the last five years, she posted multiple videos to YouTube about her beliefs. For example, she thinks that a lot of ailments in men and women are caused by sexual encounters with demons in our sleep.
Wait, what? Okay, there is some historical precedent to this idea, believe it or not. The folklore surrounding sleep paralysis is steeped in demonic imagery. The notion of demons that drain your energy through seduction is also found in more than one culture around the world. But a doctor should probably be aware that fibroids and cysts are caused by actual medical problems.
Immanuel is also a big believer in the Illuminati and the global conspiracy of elites who secretly run the world. But she goes even farther than that. In one video, she claims that doctors are using DNA from space aliens to treat people. She also believes that the government is developing a vaccine against religion.
Let me remind you, this is an actual licensed medical doctor.
Perhaps the weirdest claim she made happened in 2015, when she stated that “[t]here are people that are ruling this nation that are not even human.” She thinks that key leaders in Washington are secretly reptilian aliens or alien hybrids.
No word on whether she believes Trump is one of those reptile people.
Honestly, this is approaching Kanye levels of delusion. I can’t tell if this woman needs help or merely to have all possible platforms for her message taken away. The only reason we’re paying attention to Stella Immanuel is because the President of the United States promoted her on social media.
Truly, this is the darkest, most baffling timeline. Even Nostradamus never got this weird.
After her videos were taken down by Twitter and Facebook, Immanuel said that God himself would smite their servers.
“Hello Facebook put back my profile page and videos up or your computers with start crashing till you do,” she tweeted. “You are not bigger that [sic] God. I promise you. If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name,” she wrote on Twitter.