CPAC Faces Criticism for Refusing to Identify Coronavirus Patient

The Daily Caller reports “The American Conservative Union (ACU) is under fire for refusing to release the name of the coronavirus patient who attended this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which was hosted by ACU.”

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said the organization could not release a name according to advice of medical professionals and lawyers.

“We don’t reveal his (information) to anyone,” Schlapp told the Daily Caller. “We talk to him and others to determine if there were interactions, then we call those who had the interaction.”

“If we released his name, which we are barred from, it would not help anyone,” Schlapp claimed. “Nobody at the conference is suffering because his information is being kept confidential.”

However CPAC attendees were frustrated with the ACU’s handling of the situation and the lack of information about the person. So far, four Republican members of Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ), Rep. Doug Collins (GA), and Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) have announced their intention to self-quarantine after being informed by ACU that they came in contact with the patient. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who also had contact with the infected man, said he won’t self-quarantine. Matt Schlapp was also quarantining himself after shaking the mystery man’s hand.

“Not a great look for the important politicians to be informed about the identity of this person while the regular peons are left in the dark,” Daily Wire columnist Matt Walsh tweeted.

“Why are so many of the Trumpers, who have no issue tweeting the name of the Ukraine whistleblower, protecting the name of the CPAC attendee who has coronavirus?” Washington Examiner editor Jay Caruso asked.

“I guess there is a quota of Twitter followers someone must have before they can know who had Coronavirus at CPAC,” Washington Examiner editor Jon Brown tweeted. “I understand privacy is important, but anger is going to fester among attendees because of the blue checks claiming to know who Patient Zero is.”

“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.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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