Glenn talks with Nancy Grace about the Natalee Holloway case

GLENN: This building was built in the 1930s to house network radio. The Government got involved and said, you can't do that. For the first time network radio comes out of Radio City every day, 52 weeks a year. Putting the radio back into from Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, this is the third most listened to show in all of America and we're strangely proud of that. Welcome to the program. My name is Glenn Beck. We are going to -- I've got a theory on John McCain and how John McCain should absolutely French kiss Rush Limbaugh and I'll give this to you here in just a second. We've got a lot going on today.


 


 I also have a theory that we have, somehow or another we have entered into a wormhole where it looks like the America that we all know and recognize but somehow or another it's not, and I have evidence that we have slipped through a wormhole because nothing in the news makes sense to me anymore. And we have Nancy Grace on the phone. Hello, Nancy, how are you?


 


 GRACE: Well, I don't like being associated in the same paragraph with wormhole and McCain French kissing Rush Limbaugh, but sobeit. There's nothing I can do about that now.


 


 GLENN: I'm telling you, Nancy, I'm telling you --


 


 GRACE: What?


 


 GLENN: The French kiss, the John McCain French kissing Rush Limbaugh will make sense but I won't bring it up now.


 


 GRACE: Okay, whatever.


 


 GLENN: Help me out on a story that I have -- because we've been so focused on Super Tuesday and everything else, help me out on the Natalee Holloway tape. The more I look into this, the more this thing is just a nasty tangled web and there's nobody good in this except for Natalee Holloway's family.


 


GRACE: I agree, I agree. And first of all, I don't know why you're so obsessed with Super Tuesday. If you had asked me about six months ago, I could have said it's going to be tight between McCain, Hillary and Obama, boom. But no, you tortured yourself.


 


 GLENN: Made my head hurt, Nancy, making my head had your.


 


 GRACE: Anyway, Natalee Holloway, yeah. I think the only truly innocent here is Natalee Holloway and believe me --


 


 GLENN: Well, and the mom.


 


 GRACE: I've seen the -- yeah.


 


 GLENN: Yeah.


 


 GRACE: I've seen the smear, the victim campaign so many times over so many years. I almost immediately take a look at the victim to prepare myself. There's nothing about Natalee, absolutely nothing that could make her look bad and derogatory.


 


 GLENN: Okay. So there's this videotape that is out.


 


 GRACE: Yeah. This is what happened.


 


 GLENN: All right.


 


 GRACE: There is a guy. He is a 34-year-old Dutch businessman. They say businessman. He's got a criminal history. But you know what? Who do you think Van der Sloot, the former judge's son, is going to hang out, priests and virgins? Yeah, this guy, Patrick Van der Eem, 34-year-old guy out of -- a Dutch businessman befriended Joran Van der Sloot at a casino. They spoke the same language, they struck up a conversation, they struck up a friendship and it went from there.


 


 GLENN: How long was the friendship?


 


 GRACE: Months. This was two to three months in the making, and at no time did Van der Eem bring up Natalee Holloway.


 


 GLENN: Okay.


 


 GRACE: So, of course, he got Van der Sloot to talk about Natalee Holloway because nobody brought it up. So for all this team even leading up to, they spent a lot of time driving around smoking dope, smoking pot and their big plan, their big plan in life was to start a pot farm. Okay. That's where the whole thing starts.


 


 GLENN: Okay.


 


 GRACE: And ultimately --


 


 GLENN: At least they're setting goals.


 


 GRACE: They are setting goals.


 


 GLENN: Yes, jeez.


 


 GRACE: As a businessman. So about two or three months into it just as Van der Eem gets this fantastic SUV outfitted with secret cameras and secret audio recording devices, Van der Sloot gets arrested, again, by the Dutch authorities. Of course it was another catch and release. They let him go after a week or so.


 


 GLENN: Okay. Hold on just a second. Hold on. So was this guy that Van der Sloot met at the casino, was it his intention the whole time to have -- to befriend him and have this a setup? Was he approached at sometime during the relationship by a third party that said, why don't you videotape it? What was the guy's intention that he met at the casino?


 


 GRACE: He was absolutely planning it the entire time. Van der Eem had been approached by a news guy. His name is Peter DeVries. He has his own TV show and it's kind of like their Most Wanted, their America's Most Wanted. It's all about --


 


 GLENN: So it's a show that has some credibility.


 


 GRACE: Yes.


 


 GLENN: All right.


 


 GRACE: He's been over a long time and he's all about cracking cases and reporting on crime. So he approaches this guy. The guy says yes, Van der Eem. He befriends Van der Sloot and about two months he's got him right where he wants him. The plan is thrown awry when Van der Sloot gets arrested. It's another catch and release under the Aruba justice system, dare I call it that.


 


 GLENN: It just happened just a couple of months ago.


 


 GRACE: Yes. And they didn't keep him. They decided they didn't have enough evidence to keep him. They let him go again. At that point, as soon as he gets back, they get into this specially outfitted super expensive SUV and he starts talking. He starts talking about the arrest, he talks about the fact that Natalee will never be found, that she is in the ocean, and his story in a nutshell, Glenn Beck, is that he was with the girl, they were making out on the beach alone the night before she leaves, just hours away from returning to America and she suddenly goes into convulsions and dies. Instead of calling 911 or rendering aid, he hides her body in some mangrove trees, calls a friend to come dump the body about a mile offshore. That's his story.


 


 GLENN: Okay. Now he says, and I'm just quoting -- I wish I could play the audio but it's -- you know, it's in, you know, wooden shoe language. So he says, "I almost wanted to cry." He said, "She was shaking." And Van der Eem says, "Shaking?" Van der Sloot: Yes, a lot. I almost wanted to cry. Why does this -- expletive -- always happen to me. I mean, first of all his first thought is, me, I wanted to cry because it was happening to me.


 


 GRACE: Me, me, me, me, me, me, me.


 


 GLENN: And what does he mean by, why does this stuff always happen to me? There's later in the tape where he kind of, he alludes to somebody who helps him out on this kind of stuff.


 


 GRACE: Yes, he keeps saying, "I'll never give up the name, I'll go to my grave with it." And then the guy goes, it's Daury Rodriguez.


 


 GLENN: He does give up the name?


 


 GRACE: He gives up the name Daury, D-a-u-r-y. The only Daury that is in his world comes forward and goes, that wasn't me. I wasn't even on Aruba at that time. So he's lying about the whole disposal of the body. But I found that to be true in many cases, Glenn. Example, I had a guy in a bank robbery, he will tell you the whole story up until the time the security guard is shot. I go, well, who shot the security guard? Well, I turned away at that moment; I don't know who did the murder. Yeah, right. You hear a gun in the room with you and you don't look to see what happened?


 


 So at the time of the disposal of the body and the actual death, he gets a little fuzzy about what was going on there. But here's the other thing. This guy, Van der Eem, is asking him, starts asking him questions and he says he's not altogether sure Natalee was dead when he threw her into the -- when she was thrown into the ocean. He could very likely have thrown her into the ocean still alive.


 


 GLENN: He said also, "I have absolutely no bad feelings about it. I have not lost one night's sleep over it." You know, I've seen the videotape. I just haven't had enough time to watch the thing from start to finish, but I've seen the videotape and it looks -- the guy doesn't look like he's making it up. I mean, it looks credible.


 


 GRACE: Well, remember, Glenn, also this is the guy that stayed behind bars and looked prosecutors and cops right in the eye and lied the whole time. This is what I firmly believe. I think he was with Natalee the night she died and I think it's very likely he killed her. Natalee Holloway has no history of epileptic seizures, she had not used drugs according to any of her friends, her confidantes at school, never, ever.


 


 GLENN: Were they -- did he just say they were just making out on the beach?


 


 GRACE: That's what he said this time. On other occasions he has said that they had sex. On other occasions he has said that he just dropped her off at her hotel and didn't see her after that. Although according to her father, her father told me to my face that Joran Van der Sloot could describe Natalie's body unclothed and the underwear she was wearing that night. So, you know, I don't know what's true and what's not true but I do know that he is responsible for her death.


 


 GLENN: Why would he, why would he confess to this guy driving around smoking pot when they had the pot farm, you know, plans all in place? I mean, he was about to be a wealthy, wealthy pot farmer.


 


 GRACE: Oh, speaking of wealthy, they also discussed Joran Van der Sloot and his father's plan to sue the government for all their pain and suffering and all the money they're going to get. And he says, I'm just sitting back waiting for a big fat compensation check for all I've been through.


 


 GLENN: I've heard that, I've heard that dad was involved. Is that true, that dad was --


 


 GRACE: I don't know. I do know that he's not giving up the name, the real name of whoever helped him dispose of the body. I do know that. And I know the next day, the very next day when they should have been out searching for her, looking for her, he and his father arranged a big meeting in their backyard around their pool, according to my sources, with defense, to work on defense strategy.


 


 GLENN: And what is his defense on this? Just that he was --


 


 GRACE: That he was lying. His state attorney, United States attorney said, oh, he just made all that up. I don't buy that. I really do not buy that because this is what we know without his confession. We know he was the last one with her, we know that he is not telling the truth to the police, we know that at no time that night did he call 911 or try to render aid, and we know that somehow the Kalpoe brothers are involved because they had an argument over a wiretap telephone conversation about this. We know all of that.


 


 GLENN: We should get a Kennedy to try to figure this one out.


 


 GRACE: But it's just so disturbing because Natalee Holloway's parents are left with no real recourse and what's amazing to me is that American tourism in Aruba has only gone up after this.


 


 GLENN: I have to tell you, Nancy, I don't know if I've ever -- we should post this picture on the website. It was right during the Natalee Holloway, when it was really kicking up. And right by the Lincoln tunnel there was a giant billboard for Aruba and I am not kidding you --


 


 GRACE: I saw it.


 


 GLENN: Do you remember what the slogan was? "Your last glimpse of daylight, come to Aruba." And it was right as you went into the tunnel and I thought, that's quite possibly the worst slogan that could be up on a billboard at this time that I've ever seen.


 


 GRACE: I just hate the last thing Natalee Holloway saw, she didn't get to say goodbye to her parents, she wasn't in their loving arms or with them at the time of her death. She was on an isolated beach with Joran Van der Sloot who feels nothing. I mean, he may not have lost a minute's sleep last night but I sure did after I heard this.


 


 GLENN: Well, I heard somebody over there in the wooden shoes and their finger in the dike saying, "Ya, but he's got to live with this for the rest of his life, he's not -- even if he doesn't go to jail, oh, he will be a pariah." And I thought to myself, no, he's not.


 


 GRACE: No, he's not.


 


 GLENN: He doesn't care.


 


 GRACE: He is at school, he is happy, he's drinking beer, he's planning a pot farm, he is driving around in a luxury SUV.


 


 GLENN: He's quite a guy.


 


 GRACE: He's complaining this father, the former judge, doesn't give him enough money. He is a parasite. He is living off his family and he's responsible for Natalee Holloway's death.


 


 GLENN: Here's the last thing that I don't understand. Apparently, apparently Natalie's mom didn't know about the video or didn't see it or anything. They flew her over at the request of this TV show and then filmed her.


 


 GRACE: Yeah.


 


 GLENN: During this TV show to get her reaction?


 


 GRACE: Yeah.


 


 GLENN: That's a little tasteless.


 


 GRACE: Yeah, it's tasteless, but it's TV. I -- look. It's TV, and it put her in the bad position of, I imagine -- she didn't tell me this -- either you see the tape this way before the rest of the world sees it or you don't see it.


 


 GLENN: I mean, I know she had no choice. But did she know what she was about to see?


 


 GRACE: I don't know. And she has said point blank that she knew there was a break in the case but she did not reveal whether she knew what was in the tape.


 


 GLENN: Have you talked to her since this?


 


 GRACE: I've talked to the father. I talked to the father.


 


 GLENN: And how are they feeling?


 


 GRACE: Very distraught and in a way relieved that they finally have him on a confession tape.


 


 GLENN: But is it going to stand?


 


 GRACE: Well, this will come into evidence. There's no way in the Constitution that it will be kept out. The Constitution protects you from overbearing police or prosecutors torturing the statement out of you, but the Constitution here -- and this also is the case there in Aruba -- does not protect you from blabbing to your drug buddy. And they are on video smoking pot, you know.


 


 GLENN: But I'm sure that was for agricultural purposes.


 


 GRACE: Medicinal purposes. Maybe that's why they sleep so well.


 


 GLENN: Yeah, maybe that's what they were trying to do.


 


 GRACE: But the way he says it, Glenn, the way he says it -- and I'm going to show I think again tonight, the way he says it is with no feeling, no remorse except irritation that his life has been disrupted. He calls her a bitch throughout, he calls her a whore throughout with absolutely no reason to do that.


 


 GLENN: Right.


 


 GRACE: It's just, it's horrible.


 


 GLENN: And that's the kind of stuff that, at least in movies that I've seen, that the killer does.


 


 GRACE: And no remorse --


 


 GLENN: They demonize the --


 


 GRACE: No concern. Nothing like, she was a really nice girl, I'm sick about it, I wish I knew what happened, nothing like that. Nothing, nothing. And if this is a lie, what kind of a freak would make this up.


 


 GLENN: So Nancy, may I change subjects with you here for just a second?


 


 GRACE: Yeah.


 


 GLENN: I need your help on something because this is what you do. It's not what I do. I'm not an investigative reporter. I don't do this, I don't "Missing people" things, I don't do this. We've got 21 missing people down in Laredo, Texas, Americans that have just disappeared. Now there's a story that just came out yesterday that I'm going to talk about tonight that Americans are being pulled off the streets in San Diego and being held hostage in Tijuana across the border. Mexico is completely out of control. I cannot get the FBI to go on record. I can get them to go on record about the missing people but they will not go on television. I can't get a single reporter to go on because they're all afraid for their lives down by the border. How do you find this information? How do I get somebody to help expose this story?


 


 GRACE: You know, I've heard rumblings about that story for some time. I didn't know that it was true or not.


 


 GLENN: No, it is. Nobody -- and here's the problem, Nancy. All of the reporters down at the border are afraid for their life. Do you remember when Lou Dobbs went down to the border?


 


 GRACE: Uh-huh.


 


 GLENN: And they put snipers on the roof all the way around them? I'm going down to the border. The security is incredible. No reporter is willing to do this stuff that actually lives down there because they're blowing up newspaper buildings and killing people who are speaking out. And these are Americans that have been kidnapped and are missing.


 


 GRACE: Well, I learned pretty quickly when we were covering the Maria Lauterbach case, the perpetrator, the alleged perpetrator in that case has gone to Mexico and the Mexican authorities are doing absolutely nothing to apprehend him and he has been cited there specifically at a certain street corner and a certain store. They have done nothing to stop him. So that's an American issue. And they are totally looking the other way.


 


 GLENN: Well, you know what, Nancy? I would like to talk to you off the air because maybe you and I can join forces on some of these.


 


 GRACE: You know, I would really love to because I've heard about the story for a long time. I didn't know how much was true.


 


 GLENN: Oh, yeah.


 


 GRACE: And how much was urban myth.


 


 GLENN: I'll show you the evidence and it will blow your mind.


 


 GRACE: I would love to.


 


 GLENN: Nancy, thank you so much. And you do have the video on tonight, right?


 


 GRACE: I do. Bye, dear.

On "GlennTV," host Glenn Beck argued that the World Health Organization has been knowingly helping the Communist Party of China spread disinformation about the coronavirus.

Why?

Well, it turns out that the current WHO director-general is a politician from Ethiopia (the very first director without a medical degree) — and apparently Ethiopia owes China a lot.

"This outbreak has revealed the WHO as nothing more than a Chinese Communist front," Glenn said. "China knew early on just how dangerous the coronavirus was, how it spread, how fast it spread, and the fatality rate, but were more concerned with getting the blame than protecting lives. So, they had their front man, the World Health Organization, tell the world there was nothing to worry about."

On Jan. 14, the WHO repeated the Chinese Communist Party's claim that the coronavirus does not travel human to human.

On Feb. 3, WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced there was no need for measures that "unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade" to combat the spread of COVID-19.

On the exact same date, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China released a statement criticizing President Trump for restricting travel to China.

"[S]ome countries, the US in particular, have inappropriately overreacted, which certainly runs counter to WHO advice. The US government hasn't provided any substantive assistance to us, but it was the first to evacuate personnel from its consulate in Wuhan, the first to suggest partial withdrawal of its embassy staff, and the first to impose a travel ban on Chinese travelers. What it has done could only create and spread fear, which is a very bad example. Even American media and experts doubted the government's decision, saying that the US government's restrictions on China are precisely what the WHO rejects, that the US is turning from overconfidence to fear and overreaction, and that banning the entry of visitors who traveled to China in the past 14 days is suspected to be violating civil rights instead of reducing risks of virus spreading," spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Hua went on to say, "As the WHO Director-General noted, China is setting a new standard for outbreak response."

Indeed, Tedros has been very consistent in his praise for China's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"The steps China has taken to contain the outbreak at its source appear to have bought to the world time," he told the Munich Security Conference in mid-February.

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On Monday's radio program, Glenn discussed claims that the Obama administration depleted and never replenished the federal supply of emergency gear, including N95 respirator masks, during the H1N1 flu, or swine flu epidemic, in 2009.

Last month, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, reported that the Obama administration used, and failed to restock supplies of N95 respirator masks, and ignored recommendations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should replenish the "Strategic National Stockpile." Read more on this here.

USA Today followed up with a fact-check article titled, "Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?"

On Sunday, 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of "failing to prepare our nation to respond."

President Trump fired back, "You and Obama depleted America's stockpile of N95 masks after the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. You were advised to replenish the national stockpile but FAILED. STOP LYING AND EXPLAIN!"

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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: 1,359,010 (up from 1,284,805 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 75,906 (up from 70,906 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 293,454 (up from 271,782 yesterday)
  • Still Just 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% yesterday, and down from the 19% high back in February
  • Note that about 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization but lower than Spain, where 17% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 367,650 Confirmed Cases and 10,943 Deaths, up from 336,851 cases and 9,620 cases yesterday
  • The US currently has 336,897 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1.2% of the US Population tested
Motor City Nightmare: More Than 700 Employees in One Detroit Hospital System Test Positive https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/491484-more-than-700-employees-at-one-detroit-hospital-system-test-positive-for
  • Hundreds of staff at a Detroit-area hospital system have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Dr. Adnan Munkarah of the Henry Ford Hospital Campus confirmed 731 cases of the coronavirus among employees at the hospital, accounting for 2 percent of the hospital system's 31,600 employees.
  • As many as 1,500 at another hospital in the state have reported symptoms similar to coronavirus, though those numbers are not confirmed cases.
  • "If we are to test the whole population, you are going to see large numbers of people who are testing positive...Testing positive is just a measure of how contagious this virus is." said the hospital director.
  • "Our team members are our greatest asset and their health and safety is a top priority as we continue to respond to this pandemic," Munkarah said in a separate statement Monday evening confirmed the total number of positive test results.
  • "We know we are not immune to potential exposure and we remain grateful for the courage and dedication of our entire team," he added.
  • Detroit, Michigan's largest city, has seen a surge of coronavirus cases in recent days while the state itself has seen just over 17,000 cases of the virus – the third-largest total of any state in the U.S. More than 5,000 of those cases were reported in Detroit, where hundreds have died.
The Invisible...Invisible Enemy: Can COVID-19 Hide In Cells? https://www.the-sun.com/news/645016/fears-coronavirus-hide-cells-reactivate-recovered-patients-test-positive/
  • COVID-19 may be able to remain in the body and "reactivate" later after 51 recovered patients tested positive again.
  • The patients, from the city of Daegu, South Korea, had all spent time in quarantine while recovering from the disease but were diagnosed again within days of being released.
  • The center said it did not believe the patients had been reinfected, but that the virus had remained at undetectable levels in their cells and later "reactivated".
  • The claim runs contrary to the bulk of current evidence about how the virus works.
  • Investigators said the most likely explanation was that the clearance samples for the patients were false negatives, a common issue with nasal swab tests.
  • "Still, we remain vigilant and open to the possibility that the virus can remain dormant for some time," Dr Leong Kwok, Director of Viral Epidemiology at the National Health Institute in Seoul said.
Maybe Don't Go To the Grocery Store After All https://www.foxnews.com/health/los-angeles-braces-itself-more-coronavirus-deaths-warns-residents-not-go-shopping-warns-residents-not-to-go-out-shopping
  • With coronavirus related deaths spiking in Los Angeles County and "a critical week" ahead, health officials advised residents on Monday to stay at home and avoid shopping to limit the spread of the virus.
  • "If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping altogether," said public health department Director Barbara Ferrer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • Officials confirmed 420 new coronavirus cases in the county and 15 deaths on Monday.
  • Over 6,360 cases and 147 deaths have been reported since the outbreak started, per data from Johns Hopkins.
Mexico's Slow Response May Cause Problems for Texas https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/mexico-slow-response-coronavirus-texas-us-15181201.php
  • As recently as March 15, some 40,000 concert goers crowded into the Foro Sor venue for the popular Vive Latino music festival.
  • Tourists from Europe and the United States were able to enter the country without any restrictions until late last week.
  • Restaurants, airports, subways and grocery stores remain open in Mexico City, though churches and large markets have closed.
  • The rapid spread of the COVID-19, however, has begun to increase the urgency of the government's response. Mexican health authorities reported on March 16 that the country had 82 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Two weeks later, the number swelled to nearly 2439, including 125 deaths.
  • Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell, who two weeks ago dismissed US social distancing restrictions as "an extreme tactic" and "irresponsible" is now urging citizens to "stay at home, stay at home, stay at home."
  • "If you have food at home, stay home. There is no reason good enough to go out, period," he said.
  • Mexico is just one of many nations that reacted slowly to the coronavirus pandemic, in large part because government leaders failed to understand how contagious the virus is.
  • President Lopez Obrador spent the first half of March dismissing the gravity of the virus, encouraging Mexicans to frequent restaurants and posting videos of himself in crowds, kissing babies.
  • He said Mexico's spirituality would protect the country against the virus and made a public display of pulling out two religious amulets that he said would be his shield.
  • Mexico shares over 1,200 miles of border with the United States.
Hong Kong Closed to All Foreign Travelers, Indefinitely https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3078633/coronavirus-five-hong-kong-residents-flown-back
  • The city extends its ban on arrivals after most cases over past two weeks have come from overseas.
  • Only six of 24 newly infected yesterday are local transmissions, but all are linked to entertainment venues already closed.
  • All entertainment venues are closed until further notice.
  • Hong Kong recently issued a new state of emergency order revoking travel into the country from any outside nation, including China.
  • The order will prevent Hong Kong from 'opening up' it's economy through at least early May
Drug You Can't Pronounce May Be Saving Lives https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/04/06/democrat-karen-whitsett-coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine-trump/2955430001/, https://abc7.com/coronavirus-drug-covid-19-malaria-hydroxychloroquine/6079864/
  • A Democratic state representative from Detroit is crediting hydroxychloroquine — and Republican President Donald Trump who touted the drug — for saving her in her battle with the coronavirus.
  • State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.
  • "It was less than two hours" before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said.
  • Elsewhere, a Los Angeles doctor said he is seeing significant success in prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The drug has been touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19 by President Trump among others, but it remains controversial as some experts believe it is unproven and may not be effective.
  • The drug has long been used for treatment of malaria and conditions such as lupus and arthritis but is not technically approved by the FDA for COVID-19. The agency, however, is encouraging trials and has provided limited emergency authorization for its use to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Dr. Anthony Cardillo said he has seen very promising results when prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely-ill COVID-19 patients.
  • "Every patient I've prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free," Cardillo told Eyewitness News. "So clinically I am seeing a resolution very consistently."
Belt and Road, COVID-19 Style https://spectator.us/italy-china-ppe-sold-coronavirus/
  • After COVID-19 made its way to Italy, decimating the country's significant elderly population, China told the world it would donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help Italy stop its spread.
  • Reports later indicated that China had actually sold, not donated, the PPE to Italy. A senior Trump administration official tells The Spectator that it is much worse than that: China forced Italy to buy back the PPE supply that it gave to China during the initial coronavirus outbreak.
  • "Before the virus hit Europe, Italy sent tons of PPE to China to help China protect its own population,' the administration official explained. 'China then has sent Italian PPE back to Italy — some of it, not even all of it … and charged them for it."
  • China also recently donated PPE to Sweden and Spain, with many doctors reporting that masks and respirators included in the shipment were defective or already used.
  • "Someone got very sloppy," said a senior health official in Spain. "It must have been a mistake."

"This was a sneak attack, like a thief in the night."

"A wartime President."

"A great battle, against an invisible enemy."

"We will win and declare a great victory for our country."

All of these are direct quotes from President Donald Trump, all uttered since March 1st of this year.

And of course, all of them ring decidedly true and make perfect sense. Even Trump's most ardent opponents have referred to the current situation in which America finds itself as a once in a generation emergency, and that we should be on a wartime footing. They've called for more and more power to be handed to, no, more explicitly they've called for more power to be taken by the President to do battle against "The Invisible Enemy," everything from commandeering manufacturing plants to logistics and shipping companies to pharmaceutical manufacturing and research, to nationalizing the banking sector and all mortgages.

On the other hand, the President has preferred to form a partnership with private industries to wage the war. Turning to America's great companies to produce masks, respirators, ventilators, medicine and vaccines that will ensure our country can and will prevail.

The United States – and the entire world – is engaged in a great battle, against an unseen enemy. An enemy that threatens to kill our people and destroy our nation and our way of life. It's an enemy that we have seen and fought before, as a people. We have faced this enemy throughout human history, over and over we've had to battle it. All of us are descendants of survivors of the countless previous wars that humanity has had to fight against this hidden enemy of man.

The enemy is a disease. The enemy is a virus.

The enemy is not SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus.

No, the virus we're battling against is Slavery.

Call it what you want. Socialism. Collectivism. Communism. Statism. Despotism. A one-world government. Those are all forms of the same thing: some people's individual liberty captured for the betterment and benefit of others. All of those are forms of enslaving some men to the will and needs of others.

A virus is a biological construct. It's a biological disease caused by a virus, an unliving, unthinking sliver of organic material and takes over cells to turn them into factories that produce more viral particles to take over more cells until, ultimately, the host is killed. Doing battle against a virus requires treating both the symptoms caused by infection as well as finding a vaccine that can destroy the virus itself.

But slavery is a political and moral construct. It's a social disease caused by an immoral idea, spread by unthinking, unfeeling human beings who transmit the disease to others turning them into factories that produce more unthinking, unfeeling human beings. They take over the lives of more and more people within a society or a country until that country is destroyed. Doing battle against slavery requires treating both the symptoms caused by the infection within a society as well as finding a cure that can destroy the idea itself.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war. He's also correct, we have fought this type of war before.

But this is not a war against a coronavirus. That's child's play. Terrible though it may be and despite the thousands of lives we may lose to COVID-19, it's relatively straightforward how to defeat it. Prevent the spread, find a cure. And we will. America and the world will survive this pandemic as it has survived a million others in our past. Each of us is the descendent of survivors of a thousand biological plagues.

The President rightly stated, we cannot let the cure for COVID-19 be worse than the disease itself. And he has the right idea in terms of the outcome here: we can't let our response to coronavirus destroy the American economy.

But saving the American economy isn't really the objective. A healthy, productive American economy that enables people to generate wealth and accumulate things is a consequence, an outcome, it's not a cause in itself. What has enabled the American economy to be the most robust and powerful engine for human ingenuity, productivity and wealth generation in world history is individual liberty? Men free to think and build, to seek new achievements and to be rewarded for doing so, to collaborate with each other, to challenge and compete with each other, driving each other to be smarter, to work harder, to find the better way to solve problems.

That is America. That is the battle we're in, what we're fighting to save. Beating COVID-19 is easy, it's only a matter of time. This particular virus may be new to us, but we know the formula for its defeat, much like the long-march to destroy the NAZI war machine in World War II, the writing was on the wall long before Berlin fell. Germany's defeat was inevitable once America entered the war. So too, the defeat of SARS-CoV-2 is already a foregone conclusion, the application of human ingenuity and thousands of years of human inventiveness and knowledge ensures our ultimate victory over this latest scourge.

But that is not the great threat. If the cure for COVID-19 is the slavery of some men for the benefit and betterment of others, then perhaps it would be better for COVID-19 to take us all. If the cost of defeating the biological virus is that we succumb to the political and moral disease of collectivism, then Trump's fear will have been proved right and the cure will have been worse than the disease.

Look at what's being proposed here. In the US, the government should take over every major industry, from healthcare and pharmaceutical companies to grocery and food delivery to airlines to shipping and transportation. Construction, take it over! Banking system, take it over! Stock market, take it over!

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.
Ostensibly designed to fight COVID-19, but made permanent to enable the UN to fight future pandemics, as well as the ongoing pandemic of Climate Change…oh, and Poverty and Income Inequality, and sexism and nationalism and a thousand other isms they believe are unfair.

The United States is less than 5% of the World's population, but we represent over 25% of the world's GDP. So, the UN is effectively proposing that about 4% of the population transfer 10% of our wealth each year to support the remaining 96% of the human race, including supporting countries who are our enemies and who seek our very destruction.

What is proposed here is nothing short of the permanent enslavement of the United States for the betterment and benefit of every other national on earth.

There is no doubt the human race will survive COVID-19. Human beings have survived a thousand similar pandemics with barely more than a blip in our progress as a species.

But the plague of collectivism, the idea that some men should be slaves to others, that some people have some sort of right to lay claim to the intellect and productive energy of others, that is the real battle. That is the true invisible enemy that we must yet again defeat.

Ask yourself, would you have some right to charge into Mike Lindell's My Pillow bedding factory and point a gun at him and his workers to force them to produce cotton face masks to avoid being shot? No, of course the idea sounds preposterous and all rational thinking human beings would clearly see that as an immoral, criminal act. And yet many people are proposing that we do exactly that, just the gunman wears a blue UN Helmet or carries a US Marshall's badge.

Alternatively, does Mike Lindell have the right to choose to convert his factory over to making cotton face masks, at his own expense and to pay his workers to make those masks instead of making pillows? Yes, that is moral, that is a human being engaged in activity that he believes to be virtuous and right and, yes, for the love of all that is holy — profitable.

Just as with COVID-19, the defeat of all forms of slavery should be an inevitability. And yet from every corner of our country, the call is for the forced enslavement of some people for the benefit of others.

President Trump has this right. We cannot let the cure for COVID-19 come at the cost of our economy. And if that is the objective, then it is our original principles: individual liberty, freedom of movement and speech, that is what must be defended. That is how we protect and restore our economy and our country. That is how we ensure that our children's children will also be descendants of survivors of plagues and pandemics, whether they are the biological - or the moral kind.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.


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