“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.” —Thomas Paine (1776)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- China’s P4 Lab and SARS-CoV-2 — The Evidence Mounts
- Trump’s Town Hall: Quick Reopening, Confident of Vaccine
- Biden’s Hypocritical Record on Sexual Assault
- A Character-Revealing Crisis
- Daily Features: News Executive Summary, Videos, Best of Right Opinion, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
Many Leftmedia outlets have, in effect, partnered with Xi Jinping’s communist Chinese propaganda machine by promoting the ChiCom cover story about the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the COVID-19 disease pandemic. They are helping China deflect liability for the catastrophic result of its negligence, which has resulted in the destruction of lives and destruction of livelihoods.
For the record, five weeks ago, we made the case that President Donald Trump should “Send Xi the Bill” for China’s negligence, both in lax standards at its Wuhan Pathogen 4 lab resulting in the release of the virus and for its very deliberate efforts to cover up the outbreak, in concert with China’s World Health Organization puppet, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, who facilitated Xi’s obfuscation.
If I were a betting man, I would take long odds that the emerging evidence will establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that China’s effort to cover up the outbreak in Wuhan was motivated by the full knowledge that the virus was released from its Wuhan Institute lab.
Public speculation about the origins of that release started with Sen. Tom Cotton, as we noted in January. At that time, The Patriot Post was the first public source to affirm: “Officially, the communist Chinese government claims about 220 deaths and 10,000 infections. Our sources indicate that the actual rates of infection and deaths in China are much higher, and, in fact, official reports may only represent 5-7% of the actual dead and infected.”
So what do we know now?
Last week, regarding the origin and withholding of information about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, President Trump said, “It’s coming in. I’m getting pieces already.” This week, the pieces are coming together.
In mid-April, a government report concluded the “most likely” source of the virus was the P4 lab: “All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely.” To be clear, there is no evidence the virus was engineered as a bio weapon. As noted by Gen. Mark A. Milley, “At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural. But we don’t know for certain.” At the time, The Washington Post begrudgingly changed its tune, admitting that speculation about the Wuhan lab origin may not be “conspiracy theory.”
On 1 May, Jamie Metzl, a member of the WHO’s International Advisory Committee on Human Genome Editing, cautiously said, “When they have outbreaks in China, the zoonotic jump [of the virus from animal to humans] tends to happen in the south in Guangdong or Yunnan Province, and not in Wuhan or in Hubei Province. They have the only level-4 virology lab in China, which happens to be in Wuhan and was studying dangerous coronaviruses.”
On 2 May, a 15-page intelligence summary produced by the “Five Eyes” intel alliance (U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), documented China’s cover-up of the outbreak.
That day, a Department of Homeland Security report concluded that one reason China “intentionally concealed the severity” of the Wuhan outbreak was to hoard medical supplies. The analysis indicates China increased imports of medical supplies while decreasing exports, in effect stocking up 2.46 billion pieces of medical items. That hoarding included two billion masks, as well as instructions to its foreign base companies to buy up all the supplies available.
On 3 May, Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts reported: “A Senior Intelligence Source tells me there is agreement among most of the 17 Intelligence agencies that COVID-19 originated in the Wuhan lab. The source stressed that the release is believed to be a mistake, and was not intentional. … Sources say not all 17 intelligence agencies agree that the lab was the source of the virus because there is not yet a definitive ‘smoking gun.’ But confidence is high among 70-75% of the agencies.”
That day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared: “There’s enormous evidence that that’s where it began. … Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running sub-standard laboratories. These are not the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab. … China behaved like authoritarian regimes do, attempted to conceal and hide and confuse. … It’s the way communist parties operate. This is classic communist disinformation effort.”
Finally, in a town hall Sunday night, President Trump indicated his administration has evidence of the lab source, saying, “I don’t think there is any question about it.” He added that we “will be providing a very strong report on what we think happened, and I think it will be very conclusive.” Trump, keeping in mind that he is still negotiating a trade deal with Xi and that the U.S. remains dependent on China for critical medical supplies, also stated that the release was not intentional: “Personally I think they made a horrible mistake. They didn’t want to admit it. We wanted to go in but they didn’t want us there. … They tried to cover it. They tried to put it out. It’s like trying to put out a fire. They couldn’t put out the fire.”
As Republican members of the House and Senate return to work, they are preparing legislation to go after China. Expressing the sentiments of many of his colleagues, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said, “Whether or not China would be held accountable with monetary damages, I would hope so, but at least we would begin establishing a record in court getting to the bottom of it.” Meanwhile, Democrat legislators are still formulating how they will frame Trump for the health and economic consequences in the U.S.
In a unique virtual town hall from the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, President Donald Trump fielded questions from Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. Foremost on his mind was the China Virus pandemic and the nation’s ongoing reopening efforts.
Trump said he’s “very confident” that a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed “by the end of the year.” While many health experts estimate the timeline for a vaccine to be many months if not years away, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently expressed hope that it could come sooner, stating this past weekend that a vaccine by January was “doable if things fall in the right place.”
Underscoring the devastating nature of the pandemic, Trump stated, “There’s no win here.” He then soberly predicted that the number of Americans killed by the coronavirus could reach “anywhere from 75, 80, to 100,000 people.” However, he asserted that without the decisive action taken by his administration, “the minimum we would have lost was a million two, a million four, a million five. That’s the minimum.”
The plight of the 30 million newly unemployed Americans has clearly weighed heavily on Trump, and he spoke in solidarity with Americans protesting what they view as overly restrictive state orders. “A lot of people want to go back. You see demonstrations all over the country — and those are meaningful demonstrations,” he said. “Now we have to get it open. We have to get it open safely, but we have to get it open as quickly as possible.”
It was clear by the title of the town hall — “America Together: Returning to Work” — that Trump believes we must move forward with opening back up, albeit on a state-by-state basis. “I think you can really have it both ways. I think a lot of people wanna go back,” he asserted. “But you also have some people that are very scared. Probably everybody’s scared when you get right down to it.” But, he continued, “There are other people that are scared about being locked in a room and losing their job and not having any income. … These are workers. These are people that wanna get back and work and make a living, and they’re afraid their job’s not gonna be there. And at a certain point if you keep it [shut down] too long, that’s gonna happen. So I understand that very well.”
He also took aim at one of his biggest foils, the Leftmedia. “I’m standing up there and instead of a normal question, [reporters convey] anger and hatred. I’ll look at them, I’ll say, ‘What is your problem?’” Trump pointed out how the Leftmedia called him xenophobic when he restricted travel from China only to turn and admit it was the right move. Yet the Leftmedia criticism only continues unabated, so he takes it on directly.
Speaking of China, Trump blamed the ChiComs for misleading the world with COVID-19. “I think, personally, they made a horrible mistake,” he said, “and they didn’t want to admit it.” He laid into the World Health Organization as well, calling it a “disaster.” He elaborated, “Everything they’ve said was wrong. And they’re China-centric. They agree with China, whatever China wants to do. So our country, perhaps foolishly in retrospect, has been paying $450 million a year to the World Health Organization. And China’s been paying $38 million a year. … So I’ll have to make a decision on that.”
Meanwhile, a payroll tax cut will be a condition for the fourth stimulus package. Trump asserted, “The Democrats want bailouts for the states. But we’ll be doing infrastructure, and … we are not doing anything unless we get a payroll tax cut. That is so important to the success of our country.”
Finally, in an obvious campaign pitch to the nation for his reelection, he predicted that 2021 would be “a phenomenal economic year.” Every American should certainly hope so.
More than five weeks after Tara Reade publicly alleged that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993, Biden was finally challenged last Friday to address the charges. That Leftmedia dithering, along with all the cooing endorsements from the loudest #MeToo voices, provided yet another revealing look at the Left’s galling hypocrisy.
Now, we’ll look at Biden’s own track record.
Columnist David Harsanyi sets it up, writing, “As conservatives keep hammering the partisan double standards in the media’s coverage of sexual-assault accusations — a wholly legitimate grievance — they should not forget that Biden has long championed stripping the due-process rights of college students accused of sexual misconduct.”
While serving as Barack Obama’s vice president, Biden spearheaded an initiative to tackle sexual assault on American college and university campuses. Harsanyi explains what that meant: “In 2011, the Obama DOJ’s ‘Dear Colleague’ letter directed institutions of higher learning to adjudicate sexual-assault and misconduct cases under Title IX not by a ‘clear and convincing evidence’ standard, but by a ‘preponderance of evidence.’ The letter also ‘strongly’ discouraged cross-examination of alleged victims — one of the fundamental methods of determining truth — because it ‘may be traumatic or intimidating’ to the alleged victim.”
Biden bullied universities all while frequently repeating the debunked talking point that “one in five” women on college campuses is a victim of sexual abuse. (We wonder what that stat would look like in Democrat offices on Capitol Hill.)
The net result was that accused young men had little recourse for defense and their lives were ruined — in too many cases merely because the woman felt remorse for drunken sex.
Fortunately, Donald Trump’s administration revisited that travesty of justice, eventually reversing it because due process is critically important. Predictably, Biden and other Democrats vigorously complained, even smearing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Biden called her and others “cultural Neanderthals,” and he warned that “the real frightening message you’re going to send out is, ‘Our culture says it’s OK.’”
So what is Biden’s message today? “Justice for me but not for thee.”
As for updates on his case, Biden wrote to Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams over the weekend requesting “assistance in determining whether 27 years ago a staff member in my United States Senate office filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment.” His letter continued, “I request that you take or direct whatever steps are necessary to establish the location of the records of this Office, and once they have been located, to direct a search for the alleged complaint and to make public the results of this search. I would ask that the public release include not only a complaint if one exists, but any and all other documents in the records that relate to the allegation.”
He’s obviously confident no incriminating report exists. Reade essentially conceded as much, admitting that her contemporaneous complaint makes no mention of sexual assault. She did, however, say that a big reason why she was afraid to be more specific was the treatment of Anita Hill, whom Biden trotted out with accusations against Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
To reiterate, Reade is a Democrat who worked for Biden, “really believed Anita Hill,” and supported Hillary “Stand By Your Man” Clinton. We’re a bit skeptical of Reade’s story because there are too many inconsistencies and too little evidence, though there is some contemporaneous corroboration. If only Democrats applied the same standard when trying to destroy good men like Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh. After all, by Biden’s standards, he stands guilty as charged.
In normal times, few things are more annoying than the self-conferred moral superiority defined as “virtue-signaling.” During this devastating pandemic, annoying has not only become insufferably contemptible, but a mortal danger to our constitutional republic. We are witnessing tinpot totalitarians, masquerading themselves as purveyors of “conventional wisdom.” In short, you either embrace total lockdown and economic armageddon or you’re a moral reprobate.
“Admit It: You Are Willing to Let People Die to End the Shutdown,” declares headline from a piece published by Politico Magazine. The sub-heading is equally provocative: “The question is how many and how soon. In the pandemic, everyone is a moral relativist.”
Shutdown? In reality, millions of people we call essential workers are working day and night to keep this country from failing completely. They are genuine heroes and, truth be told, many are the very same “deplorables” too many virtue-signaling elitists routinely dismiss as beneath contempt. Moreover, if anyone is going to “admit” anything, maybe the virtue-signalers ought to have the decency to admit that they’re willing to let these workers risk their lives to pick up the garbage, deliver the mail, stock the grocery store shelves, etc., so they can remain comfortably ensconced at home — and boast about their moral superiority for doing so.
Moral relativism? Try perspective. And for perspective’s sake, some questions for those who insist lockdowns are the only way to go: Do you still have a job and paycheck, or enough wealth to endure any shutdown? Do you live in a nice place with plenty of food, or are you cramped in tiny surroundings — when you’re not standing in line for hours at an understocked food bank?
In other words, if one’s life in shutdown more closely resembles a time of “reflection” and “self-discovery” — as a series of insufferably elitist New York Times articles have described — as opposed to a catastrophic, life-scarring, hope-crushing slog, talk is cheap.
And very few Americans do more cheap-talking than some of the most nonessential people in the nation, better known as our political class. These well-paid and well-fed hacks, whose feet never quite touch the same ground as the protesters they despise, are the ones who issue sweeping declarations and constitutionally dubious orders. They seek to exploit the suffering of millions to realize partisan schemes, and they ignore the same draconian rules they advocate for “lesser” Americans.
In a fantasy world, they would all go without paychecks, gated neighborhoods, and body guards. In a show of “solidarity,” they would spend a couple of days each week (at least) serving food at the food banks they’ve engendered, or pay visits to those “sheltering” in tenement apartments with a couple of restless children. They would, as one former president smugly assured us, “feel your pain.”
In the real world? One day after former First Lady Michelle Obama urges black Americans to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, former President Barack Obama plays golf at an exclusive country club in Gainesville, Virginia, 45 minutes from home. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker finds a question about why his wife has flown to their Florida equestrian estate, in apparent defiance of her own husband’s lockdown orders, “inappropriate” and “reprehensible.” In Elizabeth City, New Jersey, Mayor Chris Bollwage uses loudspeaker-equipped drones that hector people to stay home. And in Oregon, a power-besotted Gov. Kate Brown extends that state’s lockdown until July 6 — despite that state ranking 40th out of 50 in virus deaths.
What about the people who protest against economic calamity, blatant double standards, and tyranny? “I will not die of having wagered my life that TV carnival barkers, political halfwits and goobers in MAGA hats know more than experts with R.N.s, M.D.s, and Ph.D.s after their names,” columnist Leonard Pitts declares. “In other words, I will not die of stupid.”
Is arrogance fatal? How about ideologically induced blindness that ignores inconvenient facts at best or seeks to censor dissenting views at worst?
Experts with credentials? “I’ve worked the coronavirus front line — and I say it’s time to start opening up,” asserts Daniel G. Murphy, MD, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx. “We are developing a significant degree of natural herd immunity,” Murphy adds. “Distancing works, but I am skeptical that it is playing as predominant a role as many think.”
More experts? Drs. Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, who’ve done extensive analyzation of coronavirus data, wholeheartedly agree. Moreover, they not only advocate against shutdowns, they explain how they’re adversely affecting a healthcare system whose hyper-focus on the virus has precipitated worker layoffs, and the cancellation of critical patient care that might ultimately force some healthcare facilities into bankruptcy — in the midst of a pandemic.
Genuine stupidity? Drs. Erickson and Massihi’s dissenting opinions being removed from YouTube for “violating community guidelines.”
In reality, the “violation of community guidelines” is a euphemism designed to obscure a burgeoning and cancerous mindset advocated by columnists Jack Goldsmith and Andrew Keane Woods. Almost unbelievably, both are American law professors. “Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet,” they assert, “and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society’s norms and values.”
How intellectually bankrupt does one have to be to miss the obvious question: Who defines society’s norms and values? Even more telling, how does anyone ostensibly tasked with disseminating the Rule of Law and the Constitution to future attorneys advocate for norms and values straight out of George Orwell’s 1984?
Violating community guidelines is also double-speak for failing to follow World Health Organization guidelines. The would be the same WHO that initially downplayed the virus, first insisted masks were unnecessary, and continues to far more resemble a clearinghouse for Chinese propaganda than a health organization.
But now, even WHO views lockdowns with skepticism. “Sweden represents a future model … if we wish to get back to a society in which we don’t have lockdowns,” the WHO’s Mike Ryan asserts.
Do we? Or will the capricious and exponential expansion of government power become America’s future model?
An old adage states that crisis doesn’t build character; it reveals it. During this pandemic, millions of fundamentally decent Americans are being relentlessly browbeaten into abject fear by a cadre of self-aggrandizing, power-addicted elitists and their useful-idiot followers, all of whom have revealed they are quite willing to be “compatible with society’s norms,” even when those norms threaten Liberty and individual rights with extinction.
People for whom the Constitution is optional, provided the crisis is sufficiently serious.
Who defines sufficiently serious? When a drone made in China is shouting orders at you from above, the answer is painfully — and ominously — obvious.
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Above the Fold
According to the New York Post, “A damning dossier leaked from the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance claims that China lied to the world about human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus, made whistleblowers disappear and refused to hand over virus samples so the West could make a vaccine.” President Trump yesterday revealed that the U.S. “will be giving a very strong report on what we think happened, and I think it will be very conclusive.”
A payroll tax cut has been floated before by the commander-in-chief but ultimately shelved. Yesterday, though, President Trump stipulated of future relief bills: “We are not doing anything unless we get a payroll tax cut. That is so important to the success of our country.” Mark Alexander has previously called this “the most sensible way to sustain increased income for working men and women in the coming months.”
Government & Politics
On Friday, “The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled against the Trump administration in an important sanctuary city case, City of Chicago v. Barr,” The Volokh Conspiracy reports. This and antecedent rulings nullify “the Trump Justice Department’s attempts to impose immigration-related conditions on state and local governments that receive Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants intended to aid law enforcement operations.”
Tara Reade, who is accusing Joe Biden of sexual assault, “told the AP twice that she did not use the phrase ‘sexual harassment’ in filing the complaint” against Biden nearly 30 years ago. As explained by Reade, “I talked about sexual harassment, retaliation. The main word I used — and I know I didn’t use sexual harassment — I used ‘uncomfortable.’ And I remember ‘retaliation.’” At the very least, this undermines her own story.
In Canada, “New rules would make it illegal to sell, transport, import or use 1,500 varieties of assault weapons,” the BBC says. According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only — only to kill the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time. You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer.” Thankfully, America’s Founders understood the real purpose of firearms — for self-defense and to protect against government tyranny — and thus codified the Second Amendment in the Constitution so that it can’t be infringed upon at whim.
The Latest on Coronavirus
NBC News says: “The Food and Drug Administration has granted remdesivir emergency use authorization to treat the most severely ill COVID-19 patients.” As explained by the FDA, “Given there are no adequate, approved, or available alternative treatments, the known and potential benefits to treat this serious or life-threatening virus currently outweigh the known and potential risks of the drug’s use.”
Meanwhile, “The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval to a COVID-19 antibody test that boasts near-perfect accuracy,” reveals the New York Post. “Swiss drugmaker Roche said the new test, which determines whether someone had a past infection, has proven 100% accurate at detecting antibodies in the blood and 99.8% accurate at ruling out the presence of them.”
Sanity prevails as federal judge slaps down soccer star Megan Rapinoe’s fake “equal pay” lawsuit (Washington Examiner)
Citing religious liberty, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocks Kentucky governor’s limit on drive-in church services (The Volokh Conspiracy)
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un reappears in public, ending absence amid health rumors (AP)
Cellphone monitoring is spreading with the coronavirus. So is an uneasy tolerance of surveillance. (The Washington Post)
People taking on hunting amid meat shortages in the U.S. (Fox News)
Policy: Meat-supply disruptions are the bitter harvest of the “nonessential worker” fallacy (Foundation for Economic Education)
Policy: One concrete way to start decoupling with China (American Enterprise Institute)
Humor: Justin Trudeau bans 1,500 types of flu and coronavirus from Canada (Genesius Times)
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Video: Breaking Down the Bombshell FBI-Flynn Story — Ben Shapiro reviews newly released documents that make James Comey and the FBI look insanely corrupt.
Video: No, We Shouldn’t Bail Out Broke Blue States — Badly mismanaged states like Illinois are hankering for a bailout.
Video: Democrats Abandon ‘MeToo’ Movement — In response to the allegations made against Joe Biden, many Democrats have seemingly abandoned the “MeToo” movement.
Video: A Nation of Karens: She IS the Boss of You — There are two Americas — there are Karens, and not Karens.
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Insight: “We don’t have an option of living with inflation and its attendant tragedy. We have an alternative, and that is the program for economic recovery.” —Ronald Reagan
For the record: “China has a history of infecting the world and they have a history of running substandard laboratories. These are not the first times that we’ve had a world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab.” —Mike Pompeo
Double standards: “Brett Kavanaugh — every accuser was put on TV. It was wall-to-wall coverage. They went into his high-school yearbook. They said he needed an FBI investigation. Michael Avenatti was on TV accusing him of gang rape from an accuser who had never even met Brett Kavanaugh. Then you go to Joe Biden — five weeks of silence. Nineteen interviews without a single question. He won’t [allow] people to go into his records in the University of Delaware. They’re calling on the DNC to do the investigation. It went from ‘Me Too,’ ‘Me Too,’ ‘Me Too’ to move on, move on, move on in a nanosecond because he’s a Democrat.” —RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
Upright: “My advice for Democrats accused of hypocrisy on Kavanaugh versus Biden: Just apologize on how you treated Kavanaugh or shut up. Anything else makes you look like a ginormous tool.” —Frank J. Fleming
Non compos mentis: “There’s been so many investigations of the vice president. … Barack Obama trusted Joe Biden. I trust Joe Biden and those investigations have been done. … This is like the Hillary emails because there was nothing there.” —DNC Chairman Tom Perez
Dezinformatsiya: “What is it about President Obama that really gets under [Trump’s] skin? Is it because he’s smarter than you? Better educated? Made it on his own? Didn’t need daddy’s help? Wife is more accomplished? Better looking? … That he’s a black man that’s accomplished [and] became president?” —CNN’s Don Lemon
And last… “Brett Kavanaugh went through: SEVEN FBI background checks. Endless media scrutiny. Multiple weeks of Senate hearings. A rigorous legal cross-examination. All to clear his name and prove his innocence. Would Joe Biden survive the same level of scrutiny?” —Charlie Kirk
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