An anti-masker Republican Senator from Kentucky just got caught filing a financial disclosure over a year late that showed his wife investing into COVID-19 therapeutics while he promoted measures that spread the deadly disease further, thereby requiring more costly medical treatments.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is a doctor by training, who is such an opponent of public health measures that he is currently on a seven-day suspension by YouTube for spreading anti-mask lies and propaganda. Last year, Paul’s wife bought up to $15,000 worth of stock in Gilead, the maker of Remdesivir, but he kept it under wraps for eighteen months. Meanwhile, with his anti-mask agenda, Paul has risen to one of the de facto leaders of the GOP’s anti-science crusades alongside the likes of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and of course, Fox News.
Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Charles Booker broke the news on Twitter just after midnight last night in a five-minute video (embedded below), which he posted eight hours before the Washington Post and CNN followed up with news reports about Booker’s revelations. He said:
“As this pandemic raged and more lives were lost, [Paul] sought the opportunity to put money in his pocket, and old you ‘don’t wear a mask,’ and told you ‘don’t get a vaccine.’ Is this why he didn’t want you to wear a mask? Is this why he didn’t want you to get a vaccine? Did he want you to get Covid? Did he want you to suffer?'”
“We really have to ask these questions now, because how do you explain a member of the United States Senate having this information, knowing how deadly this virus would be, and instead of helping you he voted against relief, continues to block it, and bought stock in an anti-viral drug that’s supposed to treat people once they get Covid.”
“There’s the crime and there’s the cover-up. This is egregious and it speaks to exactly who Rand Paul is… he does not care whether we live or die, LITERALLY.”
In his video, Booker further described this news as “crushing” and called for Sen. Paul to resign right now. Booker was the youngest African-American state legislator in Kentucky history and narrowly lost the 2020 Democratic nomination to fighter pilot Amy McGrath. This past July 1st, he filed to run for Senate against Rand Paul next year.
Kentucky’s two Republican Senators have a well-earned reputation for supporting the spread of deadly disease throughout America for their own personal, political gain.
Lobbyists for the big tobacco firm RJ Reynolds used to call Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) their “special friend” on Capitol Hill, which we only learned when an archive of records obtained through public health lawsuits was posted online. Some of those records depict McConnell acting as a very high-level import-export broker for the tobacco companies.
Smoking cigarettes still causes one in five deaths annually in normal years according to the CDC, and despite national efforts to limit exposure to tobacco smoke, roughly 41,000 of those 480,000 American deaths are attributed to secondhand smoke exposure.
Paul’s egregious political behavior supported the Trump Administration’s even worse handling of the pandemic which led to Covid becoming the leading cause of death in the United States last year, delivering a startling body count of the equivalent of one 9/11 tragedy every 1.5 days by December, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
His opposition to slowing the spread of Covid began early when he caught the disease, refused to quarantine, and continued to socialize with the geriatric members of the upper legislative chamber without telling them. Paul then proceeded to fall in love with the false promise of “herd immunity” to Covid, if only everyone got sick with the disease necessitating lots of treatments of remdesivir, promoting it widely until America’s top infectious diseases specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci smacked him down brutally at a public hearing.
Now, it turns out that Rand Paul had a financial stake in getting more uncontrolled spread of the calamitous illness.
Getting suspended from YouTube is the least of Rand’s worries,” said his Democratic opponent Charles Booker who caught him covering up that fact for well over a year, “Now we understand why he opposed COVID relief. Now we know why he never wanted you to wear a mask.”
Watch Booker’s moving video here:
This is absolutely crushing news. More will be shared soon, but know this…
Rand Paul must resign. pic.twitter.com/jpAk3cVabf
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) August 12, 2021
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition