CPAC Hunts For The Identity Of The Mysterious Coronavirus Patient.
Revelations that a man infected with the novel coronavirus hobnobbed with top republicans at last month’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference sparked a wave of fear among Republican operatives who attended the conference as well as concern that they might be exposed to it.
And since fear accumulated so too have concerns that the planners of the conference were too discreet about the identity of the individual.
“If you’re not rich and powerful, you won’t know if you’ve been introduced to someone at CPAC with Coronavirus,” as tweeted by Brandon Darby a Breitbart writer on Monday.
CPAC chief Matt Schlapp was also quarantining himself after shaking the man’s hand. Schlapp later shook hands with President Donald Trump at the event. Collins also shook hands with Trump at an event over the weekend and Gaetz rode with Trump on Air Force One on Monday, raising the prospect that the president may have had secondhand exposure to the potentially fatal virus that’s spreading across the world and shaking the global economy.
While top lawmakers apparently knew the man’s identity, other CPAC attendees were frustrated with the lack of information about the person, whose name hasn’t been released to protect his privacy.
Former Breitbart reporter Lee Stranahan, who now co-hosts a radio show on Russian-owned broadcaster Sputnik, said he’s been irritated by the lack of contact from CPAC officials about the potential coronavirus exposure.
Instead of more detail from organizers of CPAC, conservative Twitter accounts have started to speculate about who the guy might be and who might have been identified for him.
“To me, at this point, it’s a weird guessing game,” Stranahan said. “The fact that we’re reading it through the rumor mill is humiliating.”
For full disclosure, this reporter also attended CPAC and wrote this piece while in quarantine at home.
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