Monday, May 31, 2021




Joe Biden is a classic corrupt politician. He has used his decades in public office to enrich himself and his family in a manner that we usually associate with graft-seeking politicians of the 19th Century. The Burisma story, from which the Democratic Party press studiously averted its eyes, is a perfect example.

Joe’s son Hunter was given a place on Burisma’s board of directors and paid a salary of $1 million per year, making him by far the highest-paid person associated with Burisma. No Burisma employee, and no one else on Burisma’s board, made anywhere near that much money. This despite the fact that Hunter did not speak Ukrainian, knew nothing about the natural gas industry, and was a drug-addled, barely employable neer-do-well. The money obviously was intended as a bribe for the benefit of then-Vice President Joe Biden, who was in charge of Ukraine policy for the Obama administration. No one is dumb enough to write a check to a politician so as to document a bribe. Rather, the check is written to a bag man. That was the role that Hunter played here.

All of this is a well-known story, to those who pay attention if not to readers who rely on the New York Times. Now an additional fact has come to light: Burisma cut Hunter’s income in half when Joe’s term as Vice President ended.

The Ukrainian energy company that was paying President Biden’s son Hunter $1 million a year cut his monthly compensation in half two months after his father ceased to be vice president.

From May 2014, Burisma Holdings Ltd. was paying Hunter $83,333 a month to sit on its board, invoices on his abandoned laptop show.

But in an email on March 19, 2017, Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi asked Hunter to sign a new director’s agreement and informed him “the only thing that was amended is the compensation rate.”
After the email, the amount listed on Hunter’s monthly Burisma invoices was reduced to $41,500, effective from May 2017.

Burisma helpfully pointed out that “the remuneration is still the highest in the company.” Here is the March 19 email:

Note that in addition to Hunter Biden, the email was addressed to Robert Biden. Hunter’s real first name is Robert, and I assume this is just another email address for him. In addition, the email went to Eric Schwerin and Joan Peugh. Schwerin is Hunter’s partner in the lobbying firm Oldaker, Biden & Belair. And Joan Peugh is a “Senior Adviser” in Rosemont Seneca Partners, a shady “investment firm” that was co-founded by Hunter. Devon Archer was a founder of Rosemont along with Hunter Biden. He, like Biden, served on Burisma’s board, but at a much lower salary. In 2018 Archer was convicted on securities fraud and conspiracy charges.

It is blindingly obvious that Hunter’s association with Burisma–which is to say, Joe Biden’s association–was all about influence peddling, not natural gas. And we know for a fact that when the time came for Burisma to seek influence at a high level of the U.S. State Department, its lobbyists at Blue Star Strategies specifically invoked the fact that “two high profile U.S. citizens are associated with the company (including Hunter Biden as a board member).” The millions paid to the Biden family evidently paid off, as the State Department scheduled a meeting that took place within a week of the Biden name being invoked. Joe was Vice President at the time.

If Joe Biden were a Republican, this would be the most famous scandal since Teapot Dome. And, in fact, it is vastly worse than Teapot Dome. Moreover, Burisma is just one instance of Joe Biden selling his political influence, or perceived political influence, for cash. A few others are known only because they were documented on the laptop that Hunter apparently forgot in a drug-induced haze, or in emails from Hunter that have otherwise come to light. No one knows how many other instances of Biden corruption may have occurred.

And no one ever will know, if the Democratic Party press has anything to say about it.

The CDC Inadvertently Outs the Mask Cult

The CDC Inadvertently Outs the Mask Cult

When the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people can safely participate in both indoor and outdoor activities without wearing face masks, it was good news for most Americans. In addition to a sense of vindication for those of us who object to post-vaccination masking, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky’s statement provided another much-needed service — it forced the metastasizing mask cult to reveal itself as a coalition of anti-science zealots and petty tyrants. A typical example of their collective response to the CDC guidance appeared in the Washington Post under the title, “The CDC shouldn’t have removed restrictions without requiring proof of vaccination.”

Its author, former Planned Parenthood CEO Leana S. Wen, is a proponent of vaccine passports for routine activities such as retail shopping, restaurant dining, going to the theater, and working in a fully staffed office. Aside from the constitutional and legal issues raised by the kind of government-issued passports Dr. Wen advocates, her views aren’t shared by most Americans. A recent Gallup survey found that a mere 40 percent support vaccine passports for restaurant dining, and only 45 percent favor them in the workplace. The only activities for which majorities supported such passports were airplane travel and attendance at large public gatherings such as concerts. Dr. Wen isn’t satisfied with such modest limitations:

The problem is this: You know what you’re doing, but you have no way to be confident of trusting everyone else. Let’s say you go the grocery store. It’s crowded and few people there are masked. Perhaps everyone is vaccinated, but perhaps not. What if you’re vaccinated but not fully protected because you’re immunocompromised? You can no longer count on CDC rules to help you keep safe. What if you don’t have child care, so you had to bring your kids along? They didn’t choose to remain unvaccinated — the shots aren’t available for them. Surely, it’s not fair to put them at risk.

First, as a practical matter, it’s impossible to know who is vaccinated and who is not. If vaccine passports are mandated, it will create a black market through which forgeries can be purchased. Indeed, they are already available. Second, it isn’t necessary to rely on “trust.” If you have been fully vaccinated, your chances of contracting COVID-19 in a grocery store are close to zero. As to the immunocompromised, it simply isn’t reasonable to impose a coercive passport mandate on the entire country to accommodate 3.6 percent of the U.S. population. Finally, Dr. Wen’s reference to “your kids” is cheap fearmongering. Children too young to leave at home while you run to Kroger have a very low risk of contracting COVID-19.

Dr. Wen isn’t the only cult member to express disapproval of the CDC mask guidance. Cheryl Healton, dean of the NYU School of Global Public Health, told WebMD, “We have more people not vaccinated than vaccinated, and we are declaring victory.” Healton added that she would continue masking: “I am doing it to be a role model at this point.” Georgetown Professor of Global Health Law Lawrence Gostin peddled vaccine passports in comments made to The Hill: “The CDC is telling the public and the private sector that they have to make a very sharp differentiation between vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and yet the federal government stubbornly refuses to help businesses to gain proof of vaccination status.”

But such advocacy is dangerous according to Harvard Medical School epidemiologist Martin Kulldorff and Stanford Medical School professor Jay Bhattacharya. They write in the Wall Street Journal, “Those pushing for coercive Covid vaccination threaten [public health] progress by undermining trust in vaccines. In this sense, they are more dangerous than the small group of so-called anti-vaxxers have ever been.” If the CDC insists that masks must be worn, even by the fully vaccinated, it would signal that our public health officials don’t trust the vaccines. Kulldorff and Bhattacharya also note that government-imposed vaccine passports will provide preferential treatment for members of the mask cult:

Vaccine passports are unjust and discriminatory. Most of those endorsing the idea belong to the laptop class — privileged professionals who worked safely and comfortably at home during the epidemic. Millions of Americans did essential jobs at their usual workplaces and became immune the hard way. Now they would be forced to risk adverse reactions from a vaccine they don’t need. Passports would entice young, low-risk professionals … to get the vaccine before older, higher-risk but less affluent members of society. Many unnecessary deaths would result.

For members of the mask cult, however, mere life and death are less important than signaling virtue and retaining as much power as possible in the hands of the political class. The president greeted the new CDC guidance by taking off his mask and exclaiming, “Today is a great day in America.” But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced that she plans to keep her mask on: “Personally, I’m going to keep wearing my mask in shared indoor public spaces like elevators, subway, grocery store, etc.” And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decreed that masks must still be worn on the floor of the lower chamber of Congress. This prompted Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to observe, “It’s about control.”

As if to bolster Scalise’s point, Walensky was reprimanded Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week for trusting Americans to behave responsibly under the new mask rules. An incredulous Martha Raddatz barked, “You said on Friday that the CDC is empowering the American people to make their own decisions about their own health, but this all on the honor system.” That sentence succinctly captures the ethos that animates the mask cult, and it has little to do with science. Its insistence that Americans wear masks or provide proof of vaccination just to exercise their right to free association is all you need to know. The petty tyrants of the mask cult don’t care about public health. For them, it’s all about power.

Did a House GOP Report Prove Dr. Fauci Lied to Congress?

Did a House GOP Report Prove Dr. Fauci Lied to Congress?

Greg Nash/Pool via AP

On Wednesday evening, House Intelligence Committee Republicans issued a 21-page report that not only says they believe that the U.S. government engaged in “dangerous scientific research with China,” but also provides “overwhelming” evidence that COVID-19 escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) as early as October 2019.

According to the report, “significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the COVID-19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

According to Just The News, which has reviewed the report, that evidence includes

  • “A U.S. State Department memo from January revealing that ‘several researchers at the Wuhan lab were sickened with COVID-19-like symptoms in fall 2019′”
  • Evidence of a shutdown or communications blackout in the facility between October 7, 2019, and October 24, 2019; warnings from U.S. diplomats in China that the Wuhan lab was “conducting dangerous research on coronaviruses without following necessary safety protocols, risking the accidental outbreak of a pandemic” as far back as 2017
  • A recent scientific study concluding that COVID-19 has “several characteristics that, when taken together, are not easily explained by a natural zoonotic origin hypothesis”
  • And China’s “history of viral leaks from its research labs, including one in 2004 in Beijing tied to an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, an earlier coronavirus known as SARs.”

“Unfortunately, Beijing has hindered the conduct of a full, credible investigation,” the report says. “There is overwhelming circumstantial evidence, however, to support a lab leak as the origination of COVID-19, while there is no substantive evidence supporting the natural zoonosis hypothesis.”

The report also cites work funded by Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases that “appeared to directly or indirectly involve controversial ‘gain of function’ research where coronaviruses were made ‘more infectious in humans.'” This confirms earlier reporting about Fauci’s connection to the lab—and suggests that Dr. Fauci lied to Congress when he denied that the NIH funded research at the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?” Senator Rand Paul asked Fauci last week at a Senate hearing.

“Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely, and completely incorrect,” Fauci replied, angered by the assertion. “The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Senator Paul later accused Dr. Fauci of lying during an appearance on Fox News.

Despite Fauci’s denial, the report has the receipts, citing a vendor backed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), called EcoHealth Alliance, which was jointly funded with China in 2015 in a project to create “a hybrid virus that combined elements from two bat-borne coronaviruses, including the one that caused SARS in 2002.”

“The mutated virus created by the researchers could more easily infect human cells, which was a noteworthy and unnatural modification because almost all coronaviruses from bats have not been able to bind to the key human receptor,” explains the report. “This study is an example of a Gain of Function research experiment, which [is a type of experiment that] enhance[s] a pathogen’s natural traits.”

RecommendedFauci’s Claim That the NIH Never Funded Gain-of-Function Research at the Wuhan Lab Has Some Serious Holes

It looks like Dr. Fauci has some explaining to do. Lying to Congress is a serious crime that could result in prison time.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

China Isn't Winning. The West Is Forfeiting

China Isn't Winning. The West Is Forfeiting

By Ben Shapiro

This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers from the Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019 with "symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness."

That report followed hard on a series of investigative pieces from journalists such as Nicholas Wade and Donald McNeil, formerly of The New York Times, who revived the media-dismissed theory that the institute had generated COVID-19 in a laboratory and then accidentally allowed it to leak.

"The argument that it could have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology or a sister lab in Wuhan has become considerably stronger," McNeil wrote. "And China's lack of candor is disturbing."

It now seems highly credible that COVID-19 originated inside a Chinese state laboratory — and that China knew about it as early as November. In mid-January, the World Health Organization reported, based on Chinese information, that "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus."

China censured its own Dr. Li Wenliang for attempting to spread the news of COVID-19's danger. It took until the end of January for China to lock down Wuhan.

We'll never know the answers to those questions, because the same WHO that covered for China in the early days of the pandemic is responsible for investigating Chinese malfeasance today.

And President Biden's administration seems happy to keep it that way. Asked about whether America would lead an independent investigation into COVID-19's Chinese origins, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated, "We have repeatedly called for the WHO to support an expert-driven evaluation of the pandemic's origins that is free from interference and politicization."

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Meanwhile, this week, actor John Cena apologized to the Chinese government. Cena, who stars in the upcoming "F9," was being interviewed by a Taiwanese television station and committed the grave offense of stating that "Taiwan is the first country that can watch" the movie.

China, of course, sees Taiwan as an outlying territory of China and denies Taiwanese sovereignty. So, Cena, whose film has already grossed over $100 million in China, quickly issued an apology in Mandarin, saying: "I made a mistake. Now I have to say one thing which is very, very, very important: I love and respect China and the Chinese people."

The common thread here is a Western unwillingness to face down China's authoritarian regime.

For some on the left, challenging China means standing up for Western values like democracy and human rights — and this, in turn, raises questions about America's own commitment to those principles. For some in corporate America, capitalism hasn't opened China but made the West more dependent on mercantilist Beijing.

"We're in competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century," Biden said in his recent quasi-State of the Union address. "We're at a great inflection point in history." China's possible unwitting release of COVID-19 and its fully documented cover-up is a unique opportunity to recalibrate the West's relationship with China. But there seems to be little taste for that necessary recalibration from a wavering Europe and United States.

Meanwhile, China isn't wavering. China grows increasingly aggressive: through its Belt-and-Road Initiative, its militaristic advances in the South China Sea and its international ties with European countries happy to make concessions. China doesn't have to defeat the United States. All it has to do is outlast us.

And right now, thanks to an ugly combination of hesitancy, cowardice and corruption, China seems well-positioned to do so.

The End IS Near. No, Seriously (Longer read but sets all Wu-flu mortality in perspective)

The End IS Near. No, Seriously.

The tone of some recent writing about this pandemic has seemed — to me, anyway — strangely defeatist.

Friends keep asking me questions like: “Is what I’m hearing true? We’ll never reach herd immunity?”

The subtext is we’ll never really be safe, we dare not demask, the pandemic will never leave us. It’s almost as if some writers are reluctant to let go of the biggest disaster (and biggest story) of our lives.

We should be clear about this: our Great National Misery is ending.

All epidemics end, vaccine or no vaccine. The Spanish Flu ended. The Black Death ended.

And yes, in those cases, herd immunity did it. We reached it the hard way — down the stone paths in the cemeteries— but we got there.

But herd immunity is not the whole picture. Nor is it what constitutes “the end.”

By that I mean: the Black Death and the Spanish Flu ended only as epidemics.

The pathogens that caused them didn’t vanish. They’re still with us. But you don’t need transmission exterminated to say an epidemic is over. You just need it manageable.

Herd immunity is not a moment in time. President Biden is never going to say: “Today, at 9:04 A.M., on the deck of the U.S.S. Moderna, the virus known as SARS-CoV-2 signed our general terms of surrender.”

Instead, this virus is slowly becoming endemic: something we live with.

We will probably have bad seasons and good seasons, as we do with flu. We may have annual shots with a blend of the South African, Brazilian, Indian or whatever variants are circling the globe that year. Luckily, because coronaviruses mutate more slowly than influenza viruses, they will probably be better matches than flu shots are.

But the epidemic-endemic border is fuzzy. My epidemic may end before yours does.

Our national herd has many sub-herds. Immunity’s growth rate is variable, not just state by state, but block by block, and profession by profession. Front-line nurses and meatpackers, homebound software engineers and transitioning schoolteachers are all increasing their immunity levels by different routes.

We are already a good way down the yellow brick road back to Normal.

Cases are going down steeply again. The late March surge caused by the rapid spread of the British variant was beaten back. It looks like we sped up vaccinations enough to outrun it; about 61 percent of us have had at least one dose.

Source: New York Times Covid-19 Tracker

The other variants are here, but they’re not spreading as quickly. We the vaccinated plus we the survivors are acting like the boron rods in a nuclear reactor: impervious or mostly impervious to the virus, we are absorbing the virions but not retransmitting them, thereby preventing chain reactions. (Have you noticed that reports of superspreader events have really fallen off?)

Hospitalizations — a more reliable measure than positive tests — are also going down again.

Source: New York Times Covid-19 Tracker

Deaths are still pretty flat. But they always lag cases and hospitalizations by weeks.

Source: New York Times Covid-19 Tracker

Normality is on the way.

So what’s “normal”? Shopping without masks? Hugging your grandchildren? Taking a flight? Catching a movie? Breaking up your pod? Reading a newspaper that doesn’t contain a single Covid-19 story?

Yes, all of the above. But they all boil down to the same thing: “normality” is actually not a number like 85 percent immuneNormal means we’ve reached a risk-of-illness-or-death level we can accept.

Epidemiology isn’t the only science that dictates when pandemics end. Psychology plays a big role.

With flu, “normal” is 12,000 to 60,000 dead per year. Some of us know that, some of us don’t. As a result, some of us get flu shots, some of us don’t. Maybe in the future, some of us will wear masks in December and January and some of us won’t.

But at some point, we each individually decide “OK, I can live with this much risk.” Then peer pressure kicks in. “Well, if you can, I can too.”

It’s already started. I live in an aggressively mask-affirmative Brooklyn neighborhood. But just in the last couple of weeks, I’d say that roughly 20 percent of the masks have come off — on the sidewalks, that is.

Demasking indoors is still in transition: in restaurants yes, in grocery stores no. That makes little sense, but it’s how it is. Now even Trader Joe’s says it will ease up on masks, though some of my neighbors are clearly unhappy about that.

At what point do we accept our illness-or-death risk? That’s not a collective decision. It’s an individual one.

I’m already eating at the bar at my corner beer-and-burger joint again.

On the other hand, I’m not willing to fly to India just now. Not as much out of fear of Covid but because, if I happened to have, say, a heart attack, I clearly would be unable to get a hospital bed or an oxygen mask.

Perception of risk is everything. Consider this: about 3 million Americans die each year. (TW//: We all have to die of something.)

In most years, we shuffle off this mortal coil due to, in this order: heart disease, cancer, accidents, COPD, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, kidney failure, flu/pneumonia and suicide.

Last year, despite all the ink spilled on it, Covid-19 was our leading cause of death only in some weeks. I vividly remember when it first hit № 1: it was on April 7. Nonetheless, it still ended 2020 at just № 3, after heart disease and cancer.

This year, because the January-February surge was so bad, it will probably be № 3 once more. But never again after that. Too much immunity, not enough kindling left for another firestorm.

However, please note: with the exception of Alzheimers and freak accidents like lightning strikes, almost all those top 10 causes of death are abetted by risks some of us long ago rationally (or semi-rationally) decided to accept: smoking, drinking, overeating, driving, kissing, chainsaw-juggling and so on.

Risks increase with age: no one dies at age 13 from their first cigarette. Covid death risk also increases with age; our national nervousness is age-stratified. (We know this from watching the average age of hospital admittees drop.)

Flu, at № 9, is the closest thing on the American mortality list to Covid-19. We all know how to minimize our flu risk — flu shots. But many of us don’t bother. We accept what we perceive to be our risk. Flu is objectively scary — but we aren’t very scared.

Thus will it soon be with Covid-19.

My own herd — my friends, my family, my softball team — has very high levels of immunity. Almost everyone I know over age 12 has had the shots.

I’m guessing the same about my neighbors. But I know that in some Brooklyn neighborhoods within a mile or two of me, vaccination rates are far lower. In rural America, they are even lower — partly because of lack of access but now often from choice.

Those are the weak spots the virus is still slithering into, raising herd immunity the old fashioned way: the diehards die hard, the survivors become insulators.

(Another group remains vulnerable, though not by choice: the 10 million Americans who are on immunosuppressive drugs because they have had organ transplants, are fighting cancer or have autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. But it’s possible that extra booster doses will protect them — which would make sense since stronger shots protect older people against flu and hepatitis B.)

History also suggests the end is near.

Our closest model to this pandemic, the 1918 flu, had a huge fall-winter surge of deaths, just as we did. Then it had a third surge in its second spring — a fate we appear to have dodged.

(Peaks are deaths per 1,000, so in absolute numbers they are far higher than today’s)

Remember, even the Black Death never completely ended; Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that caused it, is still circulating. Every year, it claims some unlucky victims. Most often in Madagascar, sometimes in Mongolia — and even inside the United StatesY. pestis is endemic in marmots in Mongolia, rice rats in Madagascar and prairie dogs and squirrels here.

Herd immunity — rather than a change in rat or flea populations, for example — probably triumphed even over plague. In 1382, Raimondo Chalmel de Vinario, the Pope’s house physician in Avignon, noted that, when the 1347–48 plague returned in waves in 1362, 1371 and 1382, it killed a smaller proportion of its victims each time. By 1382, it was mostly a disease of children; adults were presumably immune.

(In subsequent centuries, plague returned intermittently, killing people of all ages. But it tended to pop up in one spot or another, like London or Milan, rather than going pandemic.)

Now, without either a vaccine or herd immunity, we do not fear a plague epidemic. Why not? Because we have a cure: antibiotics. We know we can stop an outbreak in its tracks.

That also needs to be taken into account in this pandemic: cures don’t affect herd immunity levels at all. But they do cut death rates. And when you fear death less, you behave more normally.

We don’t have a fool-proof cure for Covid, but we have an excellent treatment: monoclonal antibodies. A recent study showed them cutting hospitalization and death by 71 percent even in in high-risk patients. An earlier study showed an 80 percent reduction in severe disease in nursing home patients.

Also, so many doses are now available that they are being pushed on TV. As in: “if you’ve tested positive for Covid, ask your doctor about monoclonal antibodies.” As more patients learn to ask for them immediately, and as prescribing them becomes more routine for doctors, death rates will drop even faster.

And that — the vague but calming sense that our own death is no longer imminent — is what is going to let each of us say, in our own moment of epiphany: “Hey — I suddenly feel like it’s over.”

And when enough of us do — it will be.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Biden's Only Real Success as President Is Really Trump's

Biden's Only Real Success as President Is Really Trump's

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Top O’ the Briefing

Happy Wednesday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. I really don’t know where the country is headed with this whole kombucha thing.

We’re going to mostly continue with yesterday’s theme: Biden’s an idiot, the media is evil, all the worst people wear pants and so on. Some things just bear repeating.

I spent part of yesterday going over some more media-generated fairy tales about Joe Biden for the column I mentioned that I was writing. The longer he’s squatting in the Oval Office, the more concussed and fantastical the tales become. We see a doddering old man who always looks confused; they see a champion on a winged stallion, soaring about the land and performing feats of transformation. It’s quite good stuff if you’re a fan of fiction.

Once more, with feeling: the Biden kinda/sorta presidency thus far is an unmitigated disaster. True, there are partisans out there who are so invested in hating Donald Trump that they’re willing to tell themselves otherwise but that doesn’t change reality. We call these people unwell. Harsher terms could be used, but I’m in a generous mood today. We’ll get back to referring to them as bottom-feeding participants in a moronic mass-delusion tomorrow.

Can’t you just feel the positivity radiating from me?

Here’s a partial list of Biden disasters thus far: the Mexican border, inflation, the overnight vanishing of the peace Trump brokered in the Middle East, gas lines, and endless press reporting about his stupid dogs.

Oh yeah, what he does to the English language when he speaks in public has been pretty brutal too.

The only thing that Team Dumpster Fire can point to as a success has been the widespread rollout and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, which has gone very well. Biden, Democrats, and their flying monkeys in the media are all doing victory laps over this but the man they love to hate reminded them that he’s the reason they’re in this position.

Tyler has the story:

“New United States COVID cases, because of the record-breaking development of the vaccine and its early purchase and distribution by the Trump Administration, has hit its lowest level in more than one year, and falling fast,” the former president said.

“I want to thank all within the Trump Administration who pushed so hard for a vaccine and got it done in less than nine months when everybody was saying it would take at least 3-5 years, and probably not happen,” Trump added. “Without the vaccine the world would be a much different place right now.”

Trump also thanked the U.S. military “for its incredible distribution and logistical planning.”

“Operation Warp Speed and our decision to purchase billions of dollars of vaccine before it was even approved, has been ‘One of the greatest miracles of the ages,’ according to many,” the former president concluded. “Thank you!”

While the Democrats are pretending that the COVID vaccine appeared out of the clouds like Brigadoon on the morning that Biden was inaugurated, those of us dwelling on the sane side of the street remember the effort of Trump and his administration to make it a reality. They did it while being constantly excoriated by Democrats for even saying it could be done quickly. The press repeatedly said it was irresponsible of Trump to promise a vaccine by the end of 2020. Most of the Democrats now pretending it’s Biden’s thing were saying that any vaccine developed under Trump shouldn’t be trusted and that they wouldn’t be getting it.

Yeah, the very people now try to shame and force skeptics into getting the COVID vaccine were the original COVID anti-vaxxers.

At this rate, the lying Dems may start crediting Biden with the fall of the Soviet Union just to try and put an extra coats of lipstick on this pig of an administration.

I kid but…OK, no I don’t.