In the News: Anti-Vax Students Sue Indiana University Over Vaccine Mandate

FeaturedIn the News: Anti-Vax Students Sue Indiana University Over Vaccine Mandate

A group of students at the University of Indiana recently filed a complaint over the school’s oppressive, unconstitutional vaccine mandate.

Justice Amy Coney-Barrett, who is the SC’s justice who oversees that regions emergency petitions, received a request from eight students to block the mandate and on Thursday, rejected the plea.

This past May, the university said that all students, faculty and staff must be vaccinated, unless they have legitimate reasons not to be vaccinated, such as a being a religious fanatic, or having a medical reason.

District judge Frank Easterbrook wrote in his ruling opinion:

Starting next semester, all students at Indiana University must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are exempt for religious or medical reasons. Exempt students must wear masks and be tested for the disease twice a week. Eight students contend in this suit that these conditions of attendance violate due process clause of the Constitution’s fourteenth amendment. The district court denied plaintiffs’ request to a preliminary injunction, and they ask us to issue an injunction pending appeal.”

The application of the students who sued, reads:

“Students are facing IU’s imminent demand that they relinquish their Constitutional rights in order to start school this fall. And that it is coercing students to give up their bodily integrity, autonomy, and of medical treatment choice in exchange for the discretionary benefit of matriculating at IU.”

According to the right students the vaccines may be more dangerous than effects of the coronavirus.

“The risk of serious morbidity and mortality from COVID for those under thirty, ” their attorney, James Bopp, said in their defense, not citing any data to back up his claim, “is close to zero. The known and unknown risks associated with COVID vaccines, particularly in those under thirty, outweigh the risks to that population from the disease itself.”

As with any medication, there are risks involved in using those medications. Side effects are rare. I’ve had both shots of the Pfizer vaccine and have not experienced any side effects.

There is no reason for these students to refuse to be vaccinated. It’s all just a game to them. Everyone has to cater to the anti-vaxxers, the anti-maskers and their nonsense while they throw their public temper tantrums and insist they know what’s best, what’s true, and what the science really says. These people are largely the reason the pandemic is still a serious threat; we have millions of people who believe it’s government tyranny to have to follow health mandates designed to keep others and themselves safe.

Sources: Washington Post, The Week.

In The News: CDC Director Says Delta Variant May Soon Become Dominant Strain In The States

FeaturedIn The News: CDC Director Says Delta Variant May Soon Become Dominant Strain In The States

According to CDC director Rochelle Walenksy, a highly-contagious variant of the coronavirus known as the delta Variant, could very well become a dominant strain in the United States.

The variant, according to the World Health Organization, was identified last October in India, and is reported to be present in approximately eighty countries world-wide. It’s alleged to have now been discovered in forty-one states in the U.S..

The variant has been classified as a “variant of concern,” by WHO. This week the CDC upgraded its classification from “variant of interest,” to “variant of concern.”

“When these viruses mutate,” Walensky told ABC News, “they do so with some advantage to the virus. In this case, it’s more transmissible. It’s more transmissible than the alpha variant, or the U.K. variant, that we have here. We saw that quickly become the dominant strain in a period of one or two months, and I anticipate that is going to be what happens with the delta strain here.”

CDC health officials say they are concerned that the delta strain may mutate to a point where it can evade the existing COVID vaccines.

“That’s what we’re actively trying to prevent,” Walensky said. “Which is why we’re really encouraging people to get vaccinated. I will say, as worrisome as this delta strain is with regard to its hyper-transmissibility, our vaccines work. Right now, they are working, and they require actually two doses or to be fully-vaccinated to work. So I would encourage all Americans to get your first shot, and when you get your second shot, you’ll be protected against this delta variant.”

According to Dr. Ashish Jha, the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, the delta variant is “far more contagious than any variant we have seen throughout this entire pandemic.”

As more Americans continue to get vaccinated, and cases decline, close to 600,OOO have perished from COVID-19.

Source: ABC News.

In The News: World Health Organization Designates Indian Coronavirus Variant A Potential World Threat

In The News: World Health Organization Designates Indian Coronavirus Variant A Potential World Threat

According to the WHO, a variant of the coronavirus first identified in India, is a potential world-wide threat. The variant known as B.1.617, is believed to be behind the recent outbreak in India. Other variants were previously discovered in South Africa, Brazil, and Britain.

This latest variant was discovered back in October. According to health officials, the variant can combine mutations in the protein that can aid it in avoiding the body’s immune system.

Maria Van Kerkove, who is technical lead of WHO’s coronavirus response, said Monday at a press conference, “There is some available information to suggest some increased transmissibility of B.1.617, and as such we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level. Even though there is increased transmissibility demonstrated by some preliminary studies, we need much more information about this virus variant in this lineage, in all of the sub lineages, so we need more sequencing, targeted sequencing to be done.”

It’s been suggested that the variant may be behind the latest surge in India, but Gagandeep Kang – who is executive director of Translational Health Service and Technology Institute in India – isn’t so sure. “There is some conflicting data regarding the B.1.1.7 variant, which seems to indicate as some studies that it does cause more severe disease, in other studies not,” he said.

It has yet to be determined whether or not B.1.617 is a cause of more severe C0VID infection. Until more research is done, it’s impossible to know for certain.

Sources: The Week, NY Times, CNBC.

In The News: India Experiencing Second Coronavirus Outbreak

In The News: India Experiencing Second Coronavirus Outbreak

India is currently experiencing it’s second wave of coronavirus. Thursday, its health authorities reported more than 379,000 cases of COVID, and up to 3,645 deaths from the virus. It has been reported that hospitals and morgues are in short supply as is oxygen and other related supplies in the world’s second most populous nation.

Gravediggers and volunteers have worked tirelessly to bury bodies, and many more have to be cremated, some in parking lots and others in various locations around the country.

“I’m not scared of COVID,” Mumbai gravedigger, Sayyed Munir Kamruddin told reporters. “I’ve worked with courage. It’s all about courage, not fear. This is our only job. Getting the body, removing it from the ambulance, and then burying it.”

India’s vaccination supply has experienced a shortage. Despite being a global leader in vaccine production, it allegedly didn’t obtain enough supplies of the vaccine to protect the population. 

According to India’s COVID tracker, at least 123,811,908 have received one dose of the vaccine, as of April 29, while 25,456,864 have been fully-vaccinated. The U.S is expected to send 100 million in aid, including oxygen supplies, medical-grade masks and supplies of Astra-Zeneca vaccine.

Sources: NY Times, Reuters, US.gov.

In The News: Health Officials Continue Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution

In The News: Health Officials Continue Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution

Several states have lifted the pause on the COVID-19 vaccine. Indiana, Virginia, Missouri, Michigan and New York , have resumed distributing doses of the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine on Saturday.

Health officials recommended redistribution of the controversial vaccine, which has been reported as being linked to blood clots. Fifteen cases out of approximately 8 million have been identified to have come down with blood clots after receiving the vaccine, and three are reported to have died.

According to health officials, the condition involves several forms of clots in various locations, including the brain, abdomen, and legs, and low levels of platelets that aid healing in wounds. The condition is known as thrombocytopenia syndrome.

The FDA and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the benefits of the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine outweigh its risks.

“Both agencies have full confidence that this vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh it’s known and potential risks in individuals 18 and older,” says the FDA’s acting commissioner, Janet Woodcock.

“We are no longer recommending a pause to the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine,” said the CDCP’s director Rochelle Walenksy during Friday’s virtual panel. “I support the ACIP’s recommendation that the Johnson and Johnson COVID -19 vaccine be used for persons 18 years of age or older in the United States population under the FDA emergency use authorization, and I have signed this recommendation.”

According to Dr. Henry Bernstein, a panel member and a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, the pause was justified because of the safety concern, but it’s time to continue distribution of the vaccine.

“I hope the pause draws the public’s attention to the fact that the vaccine safety surveillance system works, that the vaccine’s incredibly safe and effective, and it’s immensely important for everyone to be vaccinated so we can put this pandemic behind us,” said Dr. Bernstein.

Sources: CNN, USA Today.

In The News: Pfizer Requests FDA To Authorize COVID Vaccine For Children Ages 12 To 15

In The News: Pfizer Requests FDA To Authorize COVID Vaccine For Children Ages 12 To 15

Last week, Pfizer requested to extend the use of its COVID Vaccine to include children ages twelve to fifteen.

The request to the FDA is to amend the emergency use authorization, which they granted last year for teenagers sixteen and older.

Last week Pfizer-BioNTech reported that its phase three clinical trials were completely safe and effective in teenagers twelve to fifteen, but it’s findings had not been verified.

“The hope is to start vaccinating this age group before the start of the new school year,” said CEO Albert Bourla in a statement last week after the results were released.

“Vaccinating our teenagers is the next step in seeing our way through the pandemic,” said Dr. Buddy Creech, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt’s University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

“By extending the age groups that can receive the vaccine, we can continue our efforts to protect those that are most vulnerable: older adults as well as adults and teenagers with underlying medical conditions,” Creech continued, who was not involved in the research.

The FDA’s review will likely take several weeks, given the fact that the data looks good and is consistent with results observed in adults.

According to an NBC News database, one-third of Americans have received the first dose of the vaccine. But in order to vaccinate the whole population, vaccines will need to be authorized for children.

Sources: The Week, NBC News.

In The News: CDC Director Urges Michigan To “Close Down” As Virus Surges

In The News: CDC Director Urges Michigan To “Close Down” As Virus Surges

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky warned Monday that cases and hospitalizations were rising in Michigan due to a surge in coronavirus, and the best thing to do is to “really close things down.”

Michigan’s rate of infection from the virus has risen since one of its lowest points in February. There has been a seven day average of 7, 284 new cases a day and 3, 832 hospitalizations.

The CDC director said that more vaccines to the state won’t solve the problem since immunization can take up to several weeks to affect coronavirus statistics.

“When you have an acute situation, an extraordinary number of cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccines – in fact, we know the vaccine will have a delayed response,” she said during a White House briefing of the COVID response team.

“The answer to that is to really close things down, to go back to our basics, to go back where we were last Spring, last Summer, to flatten the curve, decrease contact with one another, to test to the extent we have, to contact trace.

“If we tried to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in Michigan, we’d be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work, to actually have an impact.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested more supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine, but it seems unlikely they will arrive anytime soon.

Source: The Week.

COVID Pandemic Exposes Ben Shapiro’s Big Brain

COVID Pandemic Exposes Ben Shapiro’s Big Brain

http://www.foxnews.com/media/ben-shapiro-covid-19-exposed-authoritian-streak

Big brained intellectual Ben Shapiro.

Fox News recently reported that “mealy-mouthed little weasel” my description not theirs – Ben Shapiro, wrote an “intellectual” piece – again my words – that the pandemic has “exposed a troubling authoritarian streak” – his words – among Democrats who “violate their own rules while imposing crippling restrictions on businesses and communities across the country” thereby proving that they are nothing more than hypocrites, all while accusing Republicans of being hypocrites for refusing to follow the same restrictions.

“When these political actors suggest that we must act out of an abundance of caution, they mean that they ought to enjoy abundance while benifitting from our caution.

He’s upset that Democratic mayors and governors have failed to follow their own rules and restrictions. Hypocrites!

“That’s no surprise,” he wrote. “Throughout the pandemic, one set of rules has applied to America’s most ardent lockdown advocates, and another set of rules has applied to everyone else.”

The same rules applied to everyone. Republicans, for the most part – and this includes some in the media – failed to follow those rules from the beginning – Donald Trump for one. Big brained individuals like Ben Shapiro and his buddies isolated themselves behind their mics convincing the rubes in their audiences that it was a hoax, that the economic shutdown wasn’t necessary, that their livelihoods were being destroyed by Democrats, that the current president shared no culpability, and what they really should have been angry about is how hypocritical the libs are.

Conservatives look up to Shapiro as if he’s an intellectual, but he’s nothing more than a partisan hack who panders to idiots who tells them what they want to hear. He’s not a bold truth teller. The only hypocrisy here is coming from conservatives. From the start of the pandemic Democrats have been a lot more responsible in their approach to handling it. Democratic governors initiated lockdowns and mask mandates in efforts to help curb the spread of the virus. Democratic politicians have worn masks in public, in the House and the Senate, while Republicans for the most part have refused to wear masks, and as a result, dozens of them have contracted COVID, while, to my knowledge – I may be mistaken – not one Democrat has contracted the virus.

And in the meantime, Ben Shapiro and his merry band of COVID deniers have sat behind their microphones, isolated in their studios away from others while telling their listeners and viewers that it’s just a hoax, that it’s no more dangerous than the flu, whining about shutdowns and convincing them that it’s akin to tyranny, to get out and protest, which many of them did, while their blameless president continued holding his rally’s where most of them did not bother wearing masks because he couldn’t be bothered to wear one himself.

If that isn’t hypocrisy, then nothing is. To criticize Democrats as hypocrites for being more responsible in their approach to the virus just because on occasion a few Democrats have not worn masks in public places, while making no arguments for their own behavior, is ironic. Were Shapiro and his fellow COVID deniers critical of Trump’s rallies? No. Did they have any condemnation for the armed and maskless protests? Hell no. All through the pandemic they sat behind their microphones in their private studios in their million dollar mansions complaining about government tyranny while having nothing to say about the armed protesters they inspired through all of their bitching and moaning about the economic shutdown, blaming it all on the Democrats, while portraying themselves and Trump as saints and saviors, while accusing the left of being hypocritical.

They could have better spent that time calling for Congress to enact a UBI throughout the length of the pandemic, instead of convincing the rubes that defying restrictions is somehow patriotic and pretending that their actions would have no consequences, that everything that happens as a result could be blamed on the Democrats, that they’re the ones who are responsible for their problems, deflecting any responsibility from their own party, Trump and themselves for their actions and rhetoric in perpetuating the pandemic. Smugly accusing the “elitist Democratic establishment pricks” of engaging in a conspiracy to destroy Trump, of rigging an election, while portraying themselves as non-elitist, non-establishment, who are so concerned about saving America from the radicals, the economy, as they sit bravely behind their microphones in their multi-million dollar studios and multi-million dollar homes and arrogantly and smugly lecture to the rest of us about hypocrisy, while they laugh all the way to the bank to deposit their multi-million dollar checks.

Fox News Doofus Calls Pope Francis A Marxist For Urging People To Be Responsible

Fox News Doofus Calls Pope Francis A Marxist For Urging People To Be Responsible

https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-friends/fox-contributor-accuses-pope-francis-involvement-globalist-great-reset-conspiracy

Fox News’s resident Doofus, Rachel Campost-Duffy appeared on the November 29th edition of Fox And Friends to demonstrate how brilliant and insightful she is.

Last time we visited her, she was claiming that face masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus were part of a sinister plan to take away our personal liberty, courtesy of the radical socialist Democrats in cahoots with communist China.

This time, she’s back to convince the rubes who watch Fox News, that Pope Francis is a Marxist and part of a sinister cabal to further limit their freedoms because he had the audacity to say the poor and the sick should be treated with dignity.

From Media Matters:

“Well it was sad because for me as a Catholic to be honest,” Campost-Duffy said. “That op-ed came out on the same day we had a huge religious liberty victory in our Supreme Court. And here we had the Pope come out and call those who were, you know, like Cardinal Dolan and other Catholics who were celebrating this, he called it selfish for, you know, standing up for our liberties during this pandemic. And then he started parroting these really creepy globalist slogans. I think he even mentioned “build back better.” He talked about climate change. Never talked about religious freedom. And then started talking – again, going back to our conversation about socialism. He started promoting, as so many other globalists have, this “great reset,” using the pandemic to advance, you know, reordering our economic system. And I would say to you that the problem in America is not capitalism. We know the Pope is a socialist. The problem in America is that capitalism was always meant to be tempered by morality and ethics and that’s what I wish my Pope would step in and talk about that because that’s what’s lacking in America and in the world. Capitalism is a wonderful thing but it does need Christian ethics, you know, Judeo-Christan ethics to temper it.”

The Pope said nothing controversial in his op-ed. He did not parrot any “creepy globalist slogans” like “build back better,” nor did he mention a “Great Reset.”

The first part of the quote Fox And Friends displayed was: “We cannot return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis. We need economies that give to all access to the fruits of creation, to the basic needs of life: to land, lodging and labor.”

The remainder of the quote they didn’t show, was: “We need a politics that can integrate and dialogue with the poor, the excluded and the vulnerable, that gives people a say in the decisions that affect their lives. We need to slow down, take stock and design better ways of living together on this earth.”

Only conservatives could take these words – that criticize an economic system that fails to meet the basic needs of its citizens, that calls for an economic system that benefits everyone, that meets everyone’s basic needs to life, that excludes no one – and turn them into a conspiracy, a commie plot to institute “Nazi-style restrictions on American citizens,” and “build prison camps for dissenters who refuse to accept microchips.” They are conditioned to believe this nonsense by right-wing media with scary buzz words like “socialism”, “communism,” and associating them with taking from others, while being conditioned to believe that capitalism is the solution to all of their economic woes.

The government had the opportunity to meet the basic needs of its citizens during the pandemic. It failed. All they could provide was a meager 1,200 in economic relief, and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program – a part of the CARES Act – expires at the end of December. It’s almost a certainty there will be no new aid. The government cares more about helping corporations and the wealthy – giving them billions in aid, while throwing the dogs crumbs – than they do the working class citizen. This is capitalism. This is the economic system that conservatives think is such a wonderful thing, that provides equal opportunity to all. Anyone who dares criticize it as insufficient to meet the basic needs of its citizens, conservatives will inevitably call that person a socialist or a Marxist, even the Pope, who is not a socialist.

From Gant Daily News, “The ‘Obamification Of Pope Francis”:

Denise McAlister, a senior contributor to the Federalist, a conservative online magazine that covers politics, religion, and culture, said the Pope’s “social justice schemes” ( like advocating for the rights of the poor ) are immoral and similar to Obama’s “socialist ideology.”

Anyone who actually bothered to look into Obama’s policies, would know that he was anything but a socialist or a Marxist.

McAlister wrote that Catholics have a responsibility to care for the poor, “but the greatest vehicle for alleviating poverty and deprivation is the very institution of free market capitalism that the Pope now denounces. He says people have a right to land, lodging, and labor,” McAlister told CNN. “When you’re talking about giving to one, you’re talking about taking from another. It’s wrong and immoral for a powerful government to take property from you and give it to another group.”

From The Socialist Appeal – “World Poverty: Capitalism’s Crime Against Humanity”:

Today we produce enough food for 10bn people, while millions starve. Companies and tax havens sit on a cash pile of trillions of uninvested dollars that could be used to revolutionize production, tackle climate change and provide decent and sustainable living conditions for all. None of this is inevitable; it is the product of a system that draws the profit of the few from the poverty of the many. But this can be stopped.

If capitalism is the greatest vehicle for alleviating poverty, there are hundreds of thousands of people who are homeless. Capitalism has not alleviated this problem. It is a symptom of capitalism, not a solution.

People should have a right to land, lodging and labor. This should not be controversial, but it is to conservatives. They can’t seem to wrap their minds around someone less fortunate receiving something without it being taken from someone else, such as the wealthy and the more privileged. They view taxes in the same way, taking from the wealthy and giving it to those lazy welfare moochers.

The Pope said nothing about taking from others when mentioning the basic needs of human beings. If you’re someone who believes that giving to one is taking from another, such as believing that taxes are theft, then you are either stupid or are appealing to stupid people.

Back to Campost-Duffy: The Pope made no mention of the Great Reset, a book by Klaus Schwab, nor did he mention the words build back better. She either didn’t bother to read the op-ed, or lied to convince the rubes that the Pope is a socialist.

Other pet peeves of hers is that he talked about climate change, instead of religious liberty, and criticized anyone who would dare stand up to the tyranny of the Democrats who are threatening to arrest and imprison anyone who believes that COVID is a hoax and that wearing masks are part of a plot to put conservatives in prison camps.

The reason he brought up climate change is because it’s a serious threat, as is the coronavirus. Religious liberty has never been threatened, and has never been under attack, as much as conservatives like to crow that it is.

The Pope said this about those who have refused to follow COVID restrictions: “With some exceptions, governments have made great effort to put the well-being of their people first, acting decisively to protect health and to save lives. The exceptions have have been some governments that have shrugged off the painful evidence of mounting deaths, with inevitable, grevious consequences. But most governments acted responsibly, imposing strict measures to contain the outbreak. Yet some groups protested, refusing to keep their distance, marching against travel restrictions – as if measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom!

There have been 281,253 deaths associated with COVID. Conservatives like Campost-Duffy don’t care how many people die. They’ve proven they don’t care, by urging their viewers to disregard pandemic restrictions as tyranny. Like I’ve previously said, they are complicit in these deaths, and if and when it ever ends, they will cling to their fantasies that the Trump administration handled it admirably, and pretend that Biden had been the one who failed, and acted indifferently.

Corey Lewandowski Craps His Pants During Interview With Chris Wallace

Corey Lewandowski Craps His Pants During Interview With Chris Wallace

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/11/chris-wallace-nails-lewandowski-for-trump-lie-about-doctors-dying-from-is-greatly-undercounted/





Corey Lewandowski literally crapped his pants when Chris Wallace called him out on his COVID lies during a Sunday night appearance on Fox News.

Wallace had the former Trump surrogate on to ask him about president Trump’s claim that “doctors are trying to make him look bad by exaggerating the actual number of COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic.”

At a campaign rally two days prior to the election, Trump had suggested that perhaps doctors were over inflating the numbers just to make him look incompetent – as if he needed help making himself look incompetent in that area – and to allegedly make a profit from the pandemic.

“What is the president’s evidence that doctors, many of whom are risking their lives treating these patients, are in fact lining their pockets by inflating the number of COVID deaths?” Wallace asked Lewandowski, who sat at the far end of the news table.

“Well, you know Chris, I really haven’t seen that evidence. But we have seen on many occasions people who claimed they have died from COVID-19, and that wasn’t the case.”

“People claimed they have died from COVID-19, but that wasn’t the case? I don’t get it. How can anyone who claim they’ve died from the virus, tell anyone else they died from the virus? It would be impossible for them to tell anyone: they’re dead.”

Lewandowski didn’t seem to notice the contradiction. “Well, you know Chris, people die from other things too. It happens all the time. Some people die from heart attacks, some people die of cancer, and others might die from a hangnail.”

“Excuse me? A hang nail? Did you say, a hangnail?”

“Yes, a hangnail,” Lewandowski answered.

“You can”t be serious.”

“Of course I’m serious.”

“As far as I know, no one has ever died from a hangnail,” Wallace told him.

“How would you know, Chris? Have you ever had a hangnail?”

“What? Well, of course everyone gets hangnails. They can be quite irritating, but to suggest they can be fatal, is absurd.”

“How would you know, Chris? Are you a doctor?”

“What? What is this? I can’t believe we’re talking about hangnails.”

“Well, you asked, Chris and -“

“I didn’t ask about hangnails! I specifically asked you about the president’s claim that -“

“And I answered you, Chris -“

“No, you made some ridiculous claim that more people have died from hangnails than COVID.”

“How do you know hangnails can’t be fatal?

“Well… I don’t know.” Wallace was becoming frustrated with Lewandowski’s idiocy. “But it’s absurd to suggest that coronavirus patients are dying from anything but COVID, especially from a hangnail, for God sake. It’s almost laughable.”

“Not just hangnails, but heart -“

“Yeah, right,” Wallace cut him off, “I know, heart attacks and cancer – and hangnails. Does the president also believe that most COVID patients are dying from anything other than COVID?”

“Well, actually Chris, it was the president who suggested that many of them have died from infected hangnails,” Lewandowski said. “And not just from hangnails, but from ingrown hair, and ingrown nails, which means about fifty to sixty percent have died from other causes other than COVID, whether they’re from hangnails, ingrown hair, toenails, or from something else, we can’t be sure.”

Wallace stared at him, not sure how to respond to such nonsense. “Are you serious, Mr. Lewandowski?”

“Of course I’m serious. There’s no way there could be nearly two hundred and thirty thousand COVID-19 deaths. It’s ridiculous Chris.”

“What’s ridiculous is someone coming on here and making an insane claim about COVID patients not dying from COVID, but from hangnails, and ingrown hair and other nonsense.”

“It’s not nonsense,” Lewandowski said defensively. “It’s true.”

“It is nonsense,” Wallace insisted. “We invited you here to talk about the president’s claim that doctors may be profiting by exaggerating the actual number of COVID deaths and instead you -“

“Which is what we’re doing.”

“It’s not what we’re doing. I’m listening to somebody who sounds like a crackpot who believes in conspiracy theories, rather than a serious person.”

“Are you accusing me of lying, Chris?”

“I’m calling you a crackpot.”

“Are you saying the president’s a liar?”

“Well, if he believes that more people are dying from hangnails than COVID, then I’m also calling him a crackpot and a liar.”

Lewandowski scowled angrily at Wallace. “You know Chris, I came on in hopes that we could have a conversation between two adults, and you’ve insulted me, and you’ve also insulted the president.”

“I think this conversation’s over, sir,” Wallace said. He gave a cutting gesture indicating that the interview was over.

“You’re damn right it’s over.”

Instead of ending the interview, Lewandowski continued scowling at him.

“Sir, I said -” Wallace was about to repeat that the interview had ended, then he sniffed, wrinkling his nose in disgust. “What is that?” He looked around at the two cameramen. Both of them shrugged, their nostrils also flaring in disgust.

“What the hell is that ungodly odor?” he asked again. “Dear God, what is that smell?”

He looked toward the cameramen again. Both of them shook their heads. It wasn’t them. Lewandowski was still scowling at him. One of the cameramen made a gagging noise, while the other pulled the neck of his shirt up over his nose.

“Sir, did you… did you soil yourself?” Wallace asked Lewandowski. “What are you, two years old?”

Lewandowski didn’t answer. He continued staring at Wallace.

“Why would you do something so disgusting?”

Lewandowski didn’t answer. He stood up slowly. The stench became worse. An invisible wave of stench permeated the air around Lewandowski, like the cloud of dust and dirt that followed the Peanuts character, Pig Pen. It encompassed the entire studio like the stench of skunk, instantly assailing the nostrils. Wallace also¬†stood up. A moment later a security guard appeared to escort him from the studio. “Jesus f***ing Christ!” he muttered, keeping his distance.

“Dear God, I literally don’t know what to say,” Wallace said after Lewandowski had left the studio. “We invite a grown man on this broadcast for a serious discussion, and he becomes so unhinged that he literally craps himself like a toddler in preschool. I mean, if it wasn’t so disgusting, and so embarrassing, I would probably be laughing right now.
“It’s the last time we’ll have that guy on.”