SEN. RON JOHNSON (GUEST): From my standpoint, I think the way we have approached COVID in general has been insane. We should have isolated the sick. We should have protected the vulnerable. And the rest of us should have carried on as safely as possible. But that's not what's happening.
And, by the way, we also should have focused on early treatment. And the fact that our health agencies have not only not focused on it, but vilified anybody that had the courage and compassion to treat patients. And now you have YouTube censoring Senate testimony of Dr. Kory talking about ivermectin, which could be a lifesaving, generic, easily used, and cheap drug, is a further travesty of the bias in the social media.
MARIA BARTIROMO (HOST): That's a really important point that you're making, because Google's YouTube removed two videos on the early treatment of COVID. This was your — your Senate hearing. And you gave Senate testimony and — you listened to Senate testimony, rather — to use safe drugs to save lives. But here we go. You wrote about this in your op-ed in The Journal. YouTube cancels the U.S. Senate now.
JOHNSON: Well, Dr. Kory —
BARTIROMO: Is there anything you can do in terms of Section 230? I mean, will you be able to push back on big tech dominance in the Senate?
JOHNSON: I hope so. You have to realize, Dr. Kory's testimony was viewed by over 8 million people before YouTube took it down. And one of the things he said in his testimony was a study that had come in just the day before out of Argentina — 800 health care workers were prophylaxed with a drug that included ivermectin. Not one of them got sick. Of the 400 that didn't get ivermectin, 15% got sick. Pretty strong evidence, maybe not a random, controlled study. But it's powerful evidence that the American people ought to be able to hear.