A massive COVID-19 reporting scandal was just uncovered in Nashville, Tennessee. Country legend and Nashville resident and business owner John Rich joined us to talk about it.
On today’s Jay Sekulow Live/The Logan Sekulow ReProgram, we talked about the massive COVID reporting scandal that has been uncovered in Nashville. Mayor John Cooper’s office suppressed the data that showed low case from restaurants, which completely contradicts the Mayor’s lockdown policy.
Dennis Ferrier, of Fox 17 Nashville, reported the following about the scandal:
On June 30th, contact tracing was giving a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes were found to be causing problems with more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases. Leslie Waller from the health department asks, ‘This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?’ ‘Correct, not for public consumption,’ answers the Mayor’s senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.
Nashville City Councilman Steve Glover gave his reaction to Fox 17:
We raised taxes 34 percent and put literally hundreds and thousands of people out of work, that are now worried about losing their homes, their apartments, etc. And we did it off of false information and bogus data. That should be illegal.
If you didn’t see any of this coverage, this came out late last night. My co-host Will Haynes and I are both based in the Nashville area. This is big news for people living in the Nashville area but I think you all need to know about this because if it’s happening here, there’s a good chance it’s happening nationwide. At the very least, there’s a real potential for it to be uncovered anywhere, as numbers are not being reported accurately.
In Nashville, we saw was leaked emails out of the Mayor’s office as well as sent to the Mayor’s office. They specifically said don’t let the public know that the spread and the outbreak was amongst nursing homes and construction sites. Don’t let them know that it wasn’t amongst Broadway, Downtown Nashville, honkytonks, and restaurants. This has been a shocking revelation and it isn’t a stretch to suspect that this has happened in other cities. As we said on air, we are by no means downplaying the seriousness of the virus, especially among the most susceptible like senior citizens, but business have been decimated by the response to COVID-19. People might lose their homes because of this. And now it looks like all of that, or at least much of it, could’ve been avoided if the Mayor’s office and local officials had just been honest?
We were joined on air by our friend, John Rich who owns an establishment in Nashville called Redneck Riviera and gave his take on the revelations:
It’s so egregious that you can kind of say, well, well well and put a grin on your face and go, gotcha. But, so what? The damage has been done. There are thousands upon thousands of people in Nashville that work one way or another around Broadway and around all these places that the mayor shut down with bogus information.
We’ll continue monitoring this situation and keep you informed about updates.
The full broadcast is complete with a much longer discussion with John Rich as well as more analysis of the Nashville COVID-19 reporting scandal by Will and I.
Watch the full broadcast below.
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