They Knew, And Didn’t Tell Us

They Knew, And Didn’t Tell Us, by Rod Dreher.

NPR has a scoop about how the Republican head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, warned a private group of wealthy constituents [on Feb. 27.] about what was coming from coronavirus, at the same time the government was withholding that information from the public — and President Trump was downplaying it.

Excerpts from NPR:

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR.

The remarks from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr were more stark than any he had delivered in more public forums.

On Feb. 27, when the United States had 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, President Trump was tamping down fears and suggesting the virus could be seasonal.

“It’s going to disappear. One day, It’s like a miracle. It will disappear,” the president said then, before adding, “it could get worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We’ll see what happens.”

On that same day, Burr attended a luncheon held at a social club called the Capitol Hill Club. And he delivered a much more alarming message.

“There’s one thing that I can tell you about this: It is much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history,” he said, according to a secret recording of the remarks obtained by NPR. “It is probably more akin to the 1918 pandemic.” …

Back to Dreher:

Look what Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted on February 25. Keep in mind that legally and ethically, he couldn’t reveal what he heard in a classified briefing, so don’t blame him for not spilling the beans:

Look at that date. Heads are going to roll. Biden’s big chance.

Think about it: Trump certainly knew how bad it was going to get, but kept on downplaying it, at a time when being straightforward would have given people time and impetus to prepare. Trump’s most loyal backers then were calling it a hoax, and dunking on people like me for hyping panic, and so forth. This top Senate Republican (and no doubt other Senate Republicans) knew that the president was misleading the public, and said nothing. If he felt comfortable telling wealthy donors about this, why didn’t he tell the general public? Because it would contradict the president’s messaging? Why? …

And they let the virus into the country by their inaction. Traitorous.

A senator’s got to do what a senator’s got to do:

Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $628,000 and $1.72 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 33 separate transactions. …

A week after Burr’s sales, the stock market began a sharp decline and has lost about 30% since.

But even Dreher and Carlson aren’t daring to ask the real question: who was responsible for not closing the borders in time, when there was ample evidence from China and elsewhere that the cost of not shutting them was going to be horrendous?

That doesn’t stop the left/MSM from asking, as soon as they figure out how to spin it their way.