The possibility of U.S. lockdowns was already in the air in early March 2020 — and a handful of well-connected tech entrepreneurs with no experience in infectious disease, epidemiology, immunology, pandemic history were in charge of coming up with the plan.
Jeffrey A. Tucker
Children’s Health Defense
August 27, 2022
The possibility of U.S. lockdowns — never attempted on this scale in the history of pandemics — was already in the air in early March 2020.
The theory of lockdown had been floating around for 15 years but now China was the first to try it, and claim enormous success, however fraudulently.
Incredibly, the U.S. was set to try it out too but getting Trump on board was going to take some doing.
The federal government had quarantine power since 1944. That much we knew.
But just how expansive could its exercise be? Would they dare quarantine the well with the sick? How far would this go?
Thanks to several journalistic accounts, we have a better idea of what went on in the White House before the dreadful March 16, 2020, press conference of Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Deborah Birx in which the lockdowns were announced.
Along with that came a flier with tiny print about which the ever-trusting Trump apparently knew nothing:
“bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.”
Read those words again.
Has anything like this ever been issued by any government in the history of the world, before China did it?
I cannot think of a case.
It shuts not only the places where people do “congregate” but also everywhere where they might congregate. Churches. AA meetings. Civic clubs. Libraries. Museums. Homes!
There were a number of people in Trump’s circle in those days who proved panicked and confused enough to embrace the idea. But who precisely wrote those words in the sheet handed out to reporters?
We cannot say for sure but Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner played an important role.
He had enlisted two close friends from college to help: Nat Turner and Adam Boehler.
Both were graduates from the Wharton School, like Trump. Jared somehow believed that they knew something about pandemics because they worked in healthcare delivery.
So he called them.
Boehler headed the $60 billion U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and still does. It’s one of those many agencies that throw contracts and cash to big shots within the industry.
Before that job, he was head of Landmark Health delivery services, which means that he knew business and finance, not public health.
He is among those high-finance execs who were drawn to healthcare not for the science but for the money.
As for Turner, he is a serial entrepreneur who got his start selling snakes from his parent’s garage. Truly. He founded an ad agency that he eventually sold to Google 10 years ago, Invite Media, for more than $70 million.