Dennis Quaid, star of The Right Stuff, Great Balls of Fire!, Dragonheart, and last year’s Midway, is one of the celebrities known to be part of a fast-tracked ad blitz concerning Covid-19 created at the direct order of President Donald Trump, according to a report by Politico. He’ll be joined by gospel singer CeCe Winans, and the report adds that the campaign also approached TV doc Mehmet Oz and country star Garth Brooks.

The Health and Human Services Department has initiated what some budget documents call an “immediate surge in public advertising,” with a goal to get the material out prior to the election. The push was “demanded of me by the president of the United States, personally,” according to Michael Caputo, the Trump aide who stepped down from his HHS spokesperson position on Sept 16 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Among the primary goals, three HHS officials told Politico, was to combat the media’s fixation on bad news. “Defeating despair” and “restoring hope” were also cited as aims.

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