Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical company CEO who became "the most hated man in America" after hiking the price of an essential HIV drug by 5400%, claimed he fractured his wrist after punching a wall in a Bernie Sanders-induced rage.
Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, attracted the ire of the internet after his company acquired the rights to drug Daraprim and dramatically hiked its price. He has since been dubbed "morally bankrupt sociopath", a "scumbag" a "garbage monster" and "everything that is wrong with capitalism."
On Monday (Sunday night U.S. time), Shkreli got mad at Bernie Sanders -- candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidency -- and punched a wall, he claimed on Twitter.
A bit of background. In late September, Shkreli donated US$2700 to Sanders' presidential campaign. However, last Thursday Sanders publicly distanced himself from the pharma CEO and instead donated Shkreli's money to charity Whitman-Walker Health, a Washington D.C. clinic which treats HIV patients and the LGBT community.
“We are not keeping the money from this poster boy for drug company greed,” said Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs.
At the time, Shkreli was not happy.
If @BernieSanders doesnt want my $, he can send it back to me. Keeping it & then donating that amount to charity means he still accepted it.— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 16, 2015
Are campaigns allowed to give to charities? Don't they have to spend their money on campaign-related activities? #investigatebernie— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 16, 2015
He has since posted numerous images mocking Sanders' policies and strategy.
secret sanders education plan here pic.twitter.com/GX0i7ju4Eq— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 17, 2015
It's not clear what particular event inspired Shkreli to punch a wall, or what Sanders actually did to make Shkreli "SO ANGRY" that he "COULD PUNCH A WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" but he elaborated in a few replies to followers.
@crabioscar yeah and now one bone is sticking out— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 18, 2015
@JackToomey punched the wall and can't flex my wrist area and a bone is out of place— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 19, 2015
However, some followers instantly cast doubt on his story, citing the similarities between the x-ray image posted and this x-ray found on a medical website.
Not long after, Shkreli posted another photo of himself playing guitar, with seemingly no injury to either of his wrists... which begs the question, did he really fracture his wrist? And if not, why make up such an elaborate story, including doctoring a seemingly borrowed x-ray image?
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Bored playing guitar. Who wants to hear a song? pic.twitter.com/3aCsrg4So1— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 19, 2015