On December 31, 2019, the first cases of what was thought to be pneumonia were detected in Wuhan, China and were first reported to the (WHO) World Health Organization. We now know that it was NOT pneumonia and that people were sick as early as mid-November.
Thirty four year-old Dr. Li Wenliang was the doctor who tried to sound the alarm that a troubling cluster of viral infections in Wuhan could grow out of control. For his efforts, he was summoned in the middle-of-the-night by both medical officials and the police and reprimanded for his candor. He was then forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor. He was silenced by the ChiComs.
Dr. Li eventually contracted and succumbed to the disease about which he tried to warn the world, but not before becoming a hero to many Chinese after word of his treatment at the hands of the government emerged.
The Wuhan City Central Hospital said Dr. Li “had the misfortune to be infected during the fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, and all-out efforts to save him failed. We express our deep regret and condolences.” How convenient for the Chinese government that their whistleblower was gone.
What would then ensue was nothing short of the Chinese government engaging in bio-terrorism which would then be aided and abetted by the Democrat Party and the United States mainstream media who had already tried everything – to no avail – to bring down a duly-elected President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the Chinese have threatened the mass-murder of Americans by intimating that they will block shipments of life-saving drugs, 95 percent of which are manufactured in China. When this is over, there will be hell to pay. Rest assured, President Trump will see to it that the Chinese end their “wonton” ways.
The media have fomented widespread panic by essentially engaging in a national version of yelling of “FIRE” in a crowded theater. Their efforts have resulted in empty store shelves, a collapsing stock market and an inevitable recession, just in time to endanger Donald Trump’s chances of winning reelection. The stock market has now erased all of the gains of the past 3-1/2 years, essentially taking away President Trump’s calling card, his single biggest achievement.
As an aside, if you want to know what a Bernie Sanders America would look like, simply walk into your local Acme or Piggly Wiggly and try to buy a chicken or a roll of toilet paper. But I digress.
What the Democrats and the media are peddling is more-deadly and more easily spread than the Chinese Coronavirus, itself. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome…….and it’s nothing new.
Now that we’re all firmly ensconced in our homes, there is plenty of time to watch the 24/7 coverage, particularly the daily Coronavirus Task Force Press Conferences coming from the White House.
With everything the President is dealing with, he must also be subjected daily – sometimes several times a day – to the most-inane questions, statements and accusations disguised as questions as well as flat-out accusations – including xenophobia and racism – coming from so-called journalists whose possession of White House press passes leaves this writer incredulous. Even as I write this, I am listening to today’s White House Press Conference and watching President Trump dodge bullets with Superman-esque aplomb.
Fresh on the heels of CNN’s Jim Acosta’s assertion that President Trump’s use of the term “China Virus” is “xenophobia,” this week I’ve watched as MSNBC’s Kristen Welker and ABC’s Cecilia Vega confronted President Donald Trump on what they called his “racist” use of the term “China Virus,” using their hackneyed “Straw-Man Argument” of citing “dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese Americans.” These accusations disguised as questions are sometimes leveled several times during the same press conference, even though the President has already addressed this issue numerous times.
Vega’s confrontation was most-notable, given President Trump’s reply.
Vega: “Why do you keep calling this the Chinese Virus? There are reports of dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese Americans in this country. Your own aide, Secretary Azar says he does not use this term. He says ethnicity does not cause the virus. Why do you keep using this? A lot of people think it’s racist.”
A lot of people? A LOT of people. Really? REALLY? Name a few. What she means is everyone who travels in the same Trump-hating bubble as does she, only everyone SHE knows.
President Trump didn’t miss a beat. He responded: “Because it comes from China. It’s not racist at all. No, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.”
The most-glaring example of fake news came during Wednesday’s press conference, when PBS Newshour’s White House Correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor, promoted a hoax by asking the President a question that had it’s basis in an earlier tweet by her friend, CBS White House reporter, Weijia Jiang, who tweeted that someone somewhere in the White House called COVID-19 “Kung Flu.” Jiang has no proof, only her hearsay. She has refused to say who made the comment and when. But that didn’t stop Alcindor from promulgating the hoax and using it to attack the President.
Alcindor: “My question. There are some……at least one White House Official who used the term “Kung Flu” referring to the fact that this virus started in China. Is that acceptable. Is it wrong? Are you worried that having this virus be talked about as a Chinese virus……that that puts Asian Americans at risk?” Note in her question that she refers to “THE FACT that this virus started in China.”
President Trump responded: “I wonder who said that. Do you know who said that?”
Alcindor: “I’m not sure of the person’s name.”
Yamiche Alcindor is “not sure of the person’s name” because it was never said. Meanwhile, as a reporter for a national news network, she levels an accusation with no proof, only hearsay, bringing back recent memories of President Trump’s impeachment and the non-whistleblower whistleblower
My espirit de corps was to later be restored when One America News Chief White House Correspondent Chanel Rion asked President Trump how he feels about mainstream media organizations being in lock step with Chinese propaganda efforts accusing him of being racist for calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.” Ms. Rion set up the premise of her two-part question brilliantly by first asking President Trump if he considers calling food originating from China as “Chinese food” racist.
The President responded, “No, I don’t think it’s racist. I don’t think it’s racist at all.”
“On that note, major left-wing news media, even in this room, have teamed up with Chinese communist party narratives and they are claiming you are racist for making these claims about ‘Chinese virus.’ Is it alarming that major media players…are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels and they work right here at the White House with direct access to you and your team?”
It was a thing of beauty.
It was also heartening – for now – to see praise of President Trump’s handling of this crisis coming from ardent – and nasty – Trump detractors like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Forgive me for being a bit cynical, but……..
The bright spot from today’s Chinese Coronavirus Task Force Press Conference was when President Trump called an NBC reporter to task for his accusatory-statement masked-as-a-question question. He seized the opportunity to eviscerate the parent company of NBC by calling it “Concast” rather than “Comcast.” Well done, Mr. President. In this writer’s opinion, Comcast is indeed an evil company run by an evil, America-hating family.
For the record, Breitbart News’ John Nolte counted 53 times that the Mainstream Media used the term “Chinese Virus” or “Wuhan Virus.” Additionally, there is a long history of naming diseases after the areas where they originated. To wit:
West Nile Virus:
Named after the West Nile District of Uganda discovered in 1937.
Named after a large outbreak of the disease occurred in Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s.
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever:
Named in 1976 for the Ebola River in Zaire located in central Africa.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS):
Also known as “camel flu,” MERS was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and all cases are linked to those who traveled to the Middle Eastern peninsula.
Named after Norwalk, Ohio after an outbreak in 1968.
First discovered in 1947 and named after the Zika Forest in Uganda.
Named after its first case in Japan in 1871.
Named after the German doctors who first described it in the 18th century. The disease is also sometimes referred to as “Rubella.”
While the true origins of the Spanish Flu remain unknown, the disease earned its name after Spain began to report deaths from the flu in its newspapers.
Named in 1976 following an outbreak of people contracting the lung infection after attending an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.
Named after China (Wuhan province) where it started.
Also, for the record, Fox News Tucker Carlson even ran a montage of Jim Acosta’s fellow CNN anchors, pundits and contributors using these terms just weeks ago.
In another piece of interesting news………………..
Speaking of Tucker Carlson, on Thursday he called on Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina to resign if he can’t explain why he sold millions in stock in mid-February before the market crashed amid the Chinese Coronavirus outbreak.
Burr was reportedly briefed about the potentially devastating effects of the virus in the U.S. last month. “But he didn’t warn the public.” Carlson said.
He said Burr instead “dumped his shares in hotel stocks so he wouldn’t lose money and then he stayed silent.” Carlson says that he must come up with a reasonable explanation for his behavior, “…..otherwise, he must resign from the Senate and face prosecution for insider trading.”
Richard Burr, as the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, attended closed-door meetings for weeks about the growing health crisis along with his wealthy Republican colleague, Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler, a member of the Senate Health Committee, who is also accused of selling much of her stock in January. According to the Daily Beast, Loeffler, whose husband is chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, began selling off more than a million dollars in stocks on the same day as the closed-door Senate meeting on Friday, Jan. 24,
Over the next three weeks, through Feb. 14, she made 27 sales worth between $1,275,000 and $3,100,000, before the market nosedived and the values of her holdings tanked. According to the report, Loeffler also simultaneously purchased stocks on Feb. 14 from two work-from-home-related companies — Citrix, which specializes in teleworking software, and another tech firm, Oracle, long before employees were ordered to work from home.
Meanwhile, just today, California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein took to Twitter to deny she did anything improper when she sold between $1.5 million and $6 million in Allogene Therapeutics, a biotechnology company, just before the market crashed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
And Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe sold stocks on January 27 that amounted to about $400,000. Inhofe said that he didn’t attend the closed-door briefings and doesn’t have “any involvement” in making his investment decisions. I guess he also never speaks to any of his fellow Senators who DID attend the briefings. No. Never.
Could anything be more despicable than that of which these Senators have been accused? Forgive me, but didn’t Martha Stewart go to jail for doing much the same thing? I’d like to see these Senators suffer the same fate. As Martha would say, “It’s a good thing.”
What happened to the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act” which was signed into law in April of 2012 by Barack Obama? The law was designed to combat insider trading and prohibits the use of non-public information for private profit, including insider trading by members of Congress and other government employees. It doesn’t seem to be worth the paper it was written on.
Now, from our “the truth is stranger than fiction” file.
Police departments in various part of the country are now holding off arresting those suspected of non-violent crimes as part of a greater effort to curb the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus. Philadelphia, Pa is most-noteworthy.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw (you can’t make this stuff up) on Wednesday announced the new, temporary policy, which calls for those accused of lower level crimes to be arrested on a warrant at a later time. The alleged offenders will merely be temporarily detained at the scene, fingerprinted and identified, allowing officers to file and submit paperwork for charges to be filed at a later date. This new policy came just one day before Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-essential businesses to close.
In other words, in Pennsylvania, you will now be considered a criminal if you open your restaurant. However, if you loot a shuttered restaurant, you’re good.
Finally, as Michael Bloomberg looks inside his fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator/freezer today, I wonder how he feels about America’s farmers.