CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 20th

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 2,418,980 (up from 2,197,161 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 165,761 (up from 147,512 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 633,376 (up from 557,596 Friday)
  • US has 746,265 Confirmed Cases and 40,766 deaths, up from 687,201 cases and 34,641 deaths Friday
  • US currently has 13,566 people in Serious or Critical Condition
  • US is 13th in Fatality Rate per 1 Million people, behind Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Italy, UK and Belgium
Droning On and On https://www.dailywire.com/news/this-is-crazy-chinese-made-drones-are-monitoring-streets-in-20-states-to-enforce-social-distancing-u-s-officials-are-concerned-about-spying
  • At least 20 states in the US are using Chinese-made aerial drones to ensure we're following Social Distancing regulations.
  • Drones were donated to law enforcement agencies by DJI, a Chinese tech company that dominates the civilian drone market with over 65% market share.
  • In 2018-2019, the US Department of Interior and Department of Defense both banned the use of DJI drones after it was discovered that the smartphone software used to fly the drones sends data back to parent-company DJI in China.
  • DJI has numerous ties to the Chinese Communist Party, including having CCP members on its board of Directors, according to the NY Times.
New York Now Officially a City of Rats https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/bill-de-blasio-new-york-citys-tattletale-in-chief
  • In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, Mayor Bill DeBlasio encouraged New Yorkers to tattle on fellow citizens who aren't following social distancing guidelines by taking a picture of the alleged violation and texting it to city officials.
  • "Thank you to everyone who has done this the right way, but we still know there's some people who need to get the message," de Blasio said.
  • "And that means sometimes making sure the enforcement is there to educate people and make clear we've got to have social distancing. So, now it is easier than ever — when you see a crowd, when you see a line that's not distanced, when you see a supermarket that's too crowded, anything, you can report it right away so we can get help there to fix the problem."
  • So far, the New York rat-hotline has received over 1,000 alleged reports of New Yorkers violating social distancing orders.
As Much as 60% of PPP Cash Went to Publicly Traded Companies https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/19/business/small-businesses-ppp-loans-chain-restaurants/index.html
  • Congress had authorized $350 Billion via the Payroll Protection Program for Small Businesses.
  • Analysis now indicates that much of that cash went to chain restaurants, franchises, hotels, etc who are part of larger publicly traded companies.
  • Franchise locations, including some that are technically owned and operated by larger publicly traded companies, qualified as small businesses because they are separate companies owned by larger companies.
  • In one instance reported by CNN, one hotel chain received nearly $370 Million in loans for 10 hotel locations where each individual hotel is run as a separate LLC, even though the parent company has 12,000 employees and wouldn't qualify as a small business (capped at 500 employees or less).
  • Less than 10% of the PPP loans ended up going to small businesses that employed fewer than 50 employees, according to CNN's analysis.
Here Comes The Sun https://www.yahoo.com/news/sunlight-destroys-coronavirus-very-quickly-new-government-tests-find-but-experts-say-pandemic-could-still-last-through-summer-200745675.html
  • SARS-CoV-2 is easily destroyed by UV light, government study confirms.
  • Most Coronavirus studies are easily destroyed by exposure to sunlight, including SARS-CoV-2.
  • UV light cripples the lipid-based membrane of the virus very easily, including UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C spectrums.
  • UV-A and UV-B light both penetrate the earth's atmosphere and reach the surface. Both UV-A and UV-B cause cancer and can cause eye damage in humans.
  • UV-C light from the Sun does NOT penetrate the earth's atmosphere, but UV-C does kill Coronavirus. UV-C light is completely harmless to human skin and eyes according to a study by the National Institutes of Health in 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29426899
  • UV-C light bulbs are available in the US.
Time To Close Grocery Stores? https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/19/business/grocery-stores-coronavirus-pickup-delivery/index.html
  • Despite masks, temperature checks, gloves, etc more than three dozen grocery store workers have died from COVID-19.
  • Some experts, union leaders and small grocery owners believe it has become too dangerous to let customers browse aisles, coming into close range with workers.
  • Grocery stores are still flooded with customers, and experts say it's time for large chains to go "dark" to the public and convert to curbside pickup and home delivery for food and other essential goods.
  • "Careless customers" are "probably the biggest threat" to workers right now, according to Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers' union.
  • The union said 85% of its grocery store member workers surveyed said that customers are not practicing social distancing in stores, not wearing facemasks or not standing more than 6 feet apart.
Evidence of WHO & CCP Cover-Up Growing https://www.foxnews.com/world/how-complicit-is-who-china-coronavirus-cover-up
  • U.S. officials are 100 percent confident China went to great lengths to cover up after the virus was out, according to government sources cited by Fox News.
  • Additionally, the US Government now believes that the World Health Organization was either complicit in the coverup or looked the other way. Publicly, the WHO has insisted that there is no evidence it originated in the laboratory.
  • The holes in the information disseminated from the UN body – the only international group tasked with global health – are growing.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, doctors in Wuhan were aware the virus could spread between humans as early as the beginning of December, with patients falling ill despite having had no exposure to the wet market.
  • Epidemiologists from Taiwan had sent urgent memos to the WHO in December, warning of human to human transmission and of an atypical pneumonia associated with the virus.
  • As of January 14th, the WHO was still parroting Chinese Communist propaganda that there was no evidence of human to human transmission.
  • It is now confirmed the Chinese knew of human to human transmission as early as December 8th, 2019.
Chinese Produced News Article in Arabic Blames US for COVID-19 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/18/china-falsely-telling-arab-world-us-source-coronav/
  • A News program produced by a Chinese Communist Party media outlet openly blames US for Coronavirus outbreak.
  • A media research group has released the transcript of a China-produced Arabic-language news report to show how Beijing's propaganda machine is blaming the coronavirus on America.
  • The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors TV and social media in the Arab world, focused on a March 17 broadcast of "China View" on Beijing's Global Television Network Arabic (CGTN), which overall has 14 million viewers.
  • The Middle East is an increasingly ripe target for China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative to build ports, highways and even cities to gain inroads into the oil-rich region and to compete with the U.S.
  • On the March 17th show, a Chinese scientist Ms V speculates that "Initially, many thought that the beginning of the virus' emergence was from one of the seafood markets in Wuhan, but Chinese researchers reported in new research that the transmission of the new coronavirus had started since at least December outside this market," she says in the piece.
  • "The virus may have transmitted from a source to the seafood market, where the rapid spread of transmission began due to the presence of a large number of close contacts within this place, and the research also reported that the virus had started spreading after the Wuhan International Military Games ended in October 2019. So, it is expected that the 'patient zero' in China has come from outside China," she continued.
  • There is no evidence for this propaganda, according to researchers.
  • On the "China View" program, according to MEMRI, "Ms. V" also attributed some of these claims to an outside news source from a U.S.-aligned nation.
  • She also indicated that some "leading scientists" believe COVID-19 was actively spreading in North Carolina in Summer, 2019, according to the Washington Times.
Latest Victim of COVID-19: Chinese 5G https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/uk-seeks-to-drop-huawei-contract-over-china-coronavirus-transparency
  • The UK and France now seeking to ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei from providing hardware or service as part of their 5G roll outs.
  • Previously only the US & Canada had moved forward with a hard ban on the inclusion of Chinese technology in 5G platforms.
  • "We need to devise a proper, realistic exit strategy from relying on Huawei," Conservative MP Damian Green told Bloomberg News. "Our telecom providers … need to know the government is determined to drive down Huawei's involvement to zero percent over a realistic timescale."
  • "The mood in the parliamentary party has hardened," said Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative Party's chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. "It's a shared realization of what it means for dependence on a business that is part of a state that does not share our values."
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has discouraged allies around the world from partnering with Huawei, arguing that China's spy services will exploit the next-generation wireless technology.
  • Huawei has denied cooperating with Chinese intelligence and urged the United Kingdom to not reverse its position.

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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