REPORT: CPAC Attendees Want to Know Who the Mystery Coronavirus Patient Is

By Will Sommer – DailyBeast

Revelations that a man infected with the novel coronavirus hobnobbed with top Republicans at the annual Conservative Public Action Conference last month has prompted a wave of fright among Republican operatives who attended the conference and fear they may have been exposed, too.

And as the fear has mounted so too have complaints that the conference’s planners have been too secretive about the man’s identity.

“If you’re not rich and important, you don’t get to know if you were exposed to someone with Coronavirus at CPAC,” Breitbart reporter Brandon Darby tweeted Monday.

Revelations that a man infected with the novel coronavirus hobnobbed with top Republicans at the annual Conservative Public Action Conference last month has prompted a wave of fright among Republican operatives who attended the conference and fear they may have been exposed, too. And as the fear has mounted so too have complaints that the conference’s planners have been too secretive about the man’s identity.

“If you’re not rich and important, you don’t get to know if you were exposed to someone with Coronavirus at CPAC,” Breitbart reporter Brandon Darby tweeted Monday.

CPAC chief Matt Schlapp was also quarantining himself after shaking the man’s hand. Schlapp later shook hands with President Donald Trump at the event. Collins also shook hands with Trump at an event over the weekend and Gaetz rode with Trump on Air Force One on Monday, raising the prospect that the president may have had secondhand exposure to the potentially fatal virus that’s spreading across the world and shaking the global economy.

While top lawmakers apparently knew the man’s identity, other CPAC attendees were frustrated with the lack of information about the person, whose name hasn’t been released to protect his privacy. Former Breitbart reporter Lee Stranahan, who now co-hosts a radio show on Russian-owned broadcaster Sputnik, said he’s been irritated by the lack of contact from CPAC officials about the potential coronavirus exposure.

In the place of more information from CPAC organizers, conservative Twitter accounts have started to speculate about who the man may be and who could have been exposed because of him.

“To me, it’s a weird guessing game at this point,” Stranahan said. “The fact that we’re hearing it through the rumor mill is bothersome.”

For full disclosure, this reporter also attended CPAC and wrote this piece while in quarantine at home.

The potential for a coronavirus outbreak at the right’s premier annual conference became a hot topic on conservative Twitter after CPAC’s announcement. Blaze host Jon Miller, who spoke on a CPAC panel, posted a picture of a thermometer reading as supposed proof that he didn’t have the coronavirus. Conservative pundit Raheem Kassam complained on Twitter about experiencing flu-like symptoms since attending CPAC and chronicled his frustrated attempts to get tested.

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