American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp is under fire for potentially exposing thousands of conservatives to coronavirus during the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md two weeks ago.
Schlapp has defended his record, claiming without providing any evidence that 2,000 screens for coronavirus had taken place around the Gaylord National hotel where the conference was located.
“They did 2,000 screens all around the hotel,” Schlapp said to Laura Ingraham while appearing on her Fox News program. “They found nothing.”
“Several days ago they came to us and said there’s nothing to be alarmed about,” Schlapp said.
But Marriott hotels, who are the owners of the Gaylord, are disputing Schlapp’s narrative about testing hotel attendees for coronavirus.
“It is my understanding that no screens of either people or facilities has been performed at the property,” said Allison Sitch, a spokeswoman for Marriott.
“We take hotel hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and have already taken a number of additional steps to perform enhanced cleaning of areas of the hotel where the conference was hosted,” she said but maintained that there was no record of any testing regime taking place.
A worker who attended a meeting with Gaylord staff claims that the general manager of the hotel “was flat out asked if that was true” regarding the thousands of screenings that Schlapp contended took place.
“And he [the manager] said, ‘No,’” the worker said. “According to the general manager there’s been no sort of mass screening of employees … he flat out denied it.”
A Prince George’s County, Md. health official also reportedly said at the meeting that they “did not have any knowledge that the state of Maryland had screened thousands of employees.”
Ian Walters, spokesman for the American Conservative Union, was forced to backtrack somewhat about Schlapp’s assertion.
“I don’t think screening is the right term. It’s more of an assessment than a formal screening, an assessment or an evaluation,” Walters said.
The Prince George’s County Health Department issued a press release warning people who worked or attended the event to monitor their health closely while mentioning nothing about health checks.
“Residents who attended or worked this event should check their temperature twice a day and notify their health care provider and our Health Department if their temperature exceeds 100.4 or if they develop a respiratory illness,” the release said. “They should remain at home until they receive instructions about next steps from their health care provider or local health department.”
Trump’s soon-to-be chief of staff, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) have been forced to quarantine themselves because they had contact with a man infected with coronavirus who attended CPAC. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Doug Collins (R-GA) are also under quarantine and had contact with President Donald Trump before they were alerted that they came in contact with the infected individual at CPAC.
In addition, Schlapp exploded on journalist Raheem Kassam for expressing valid concerns about coronavirus at CPAC, accusing “War Room” podcaster of having sour grapes because he wasn’t booked to speak at the conference this year.
Odd & uncomfortable attempt by Matt Schlapp of CPAC to blame me for their coronavirus situation which embarrassed the President, Congressmen, etc.
He claims I am driving a stake through his heart (lol wtf?) by providing attendees with info about the carrier at his conference… pic.twitter.com/8GsIgTJQL3
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 11, 2020
It may be time for the ACU to replace Schlapp, who is a notorious supporter of the GOP establishment and open borders.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Refuses to Implement Widespread Mask Mandates and Bar Closures Over Newest COVID-19 Panic
Another Republican governor with courage.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) is refusing to implement Draconian mask mandates and bar closures despite recent reports that cases are surging throughout the state.
According to a report in The Guardian, cases of COVID-19 are spiking throughout Iowa. Ames and Iowa City, two college towns, are reportedly being hit hard due to young people refusing to live their lives in fear.
“Community transmission continues to be high in rural and urban counties across Iowa, with increasing transmission in the major university towns,” a fear-mongering report from the White House coronavirus task force warned. “Mask mandates across the state must be in place to decrease transmission.”
Reynolds thus far is not bucking to political pressure that would lock down the state, crippling small businesses and making a mockery of the Bill of Rights and Constitution. She has only closed bars in six counties throughout the state while just “strongly encouraging” people to wear masks, arguing that they are “not a silver bullet.”
“I still believe it’s up to the governors in the various states to make those decisions,” Reynolds said in her refusal to let the feds usurp her authority.
Reynolds believes that it is “social activity among young adults” that is causing the virus to spread more quickly. Young people are the least likely to die from COVID-19, with new figures released by the CDC indicating that the vast majority of people who died from the virus had serious comorbidities. The facts, however, are not stopping the fear cultists from arguing for another shutdown.
“Our numbers are clearly terrifying,” said University of Iowa associate professor Naomi Greyser to CNN. “They’re really scary and my students are scared.” Greyser and other academics hope to get paid by the taxpayer for not doing their jobs this school year because of COVID-19.
Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa is casting doubt on the numbers that are being reported by medical professionals.
“These healthcare providers and others are reimbursed at a higher rate if Covid is tied to it, so what do you think they’re doing?” Ernst said.
Although the Iowa Medical Society called Ernst’s comments “incredibly disappointing,” there have been many reports of case numbers being exaggerated or falsified throughout the country, as Big League Politics has noted:
Many states are inflating their reports of COVID-19 cases by counting positive antibody tests among those who have the illness, according to a report from Nicole Saphier, M.D…
This has reportedly resulted in people being counted twice due to testing positive for COVID-19 and then testing positive for having antibodies.
Making the situation even more of a cluster, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have claimed that antibody tests are wrong at least half of the time.
“Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about grouping persons residing in or being admitted to congregate settings, such as schools, dormitories, or correctional facilities,” the CDC wrote in their guidelines.
“Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about returning persons to the workplace,” they continued.
“In most of the country, including areas that have been heavily impacted, the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibody is expected to be low, ranging from less than 5% to 25%, so that testing at this point might result in relatively more false positive results and fewer false-negative results,” the CDC determined.
The Republicans of Iowa are showing the backbone that is needed to prevented America from permanently losing all of her liberties due to COVID-19 mass hysteria.
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