DC's Gridiron dinner was COVID super spreader for vaccinated elite
Fauci and CDC Director attend party where vaccine passports failed to stop coronavirus outbreak
The Gridiron is a swanky dinner every year in Washington for the media elite to mingle with elected officials and do costume skits about politics. The dinner was shut down during the pandemic, but it came back on Saturday.
This year’s dinner required the white-tie guests to show proof of COVID vaccination to enter. Dr. Fauci and the CDC Director attended and were surely pleased with this policy.
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The event is always off the record. But it’s leaking out now that the dinner was a super spreader for COVID among those in D.C. pushing hardest for the public to get vaxxed and boosted.
By late Wednesday, the Gridiron Club president Thomas DeFrank wrote his members that there are 14 guests with COVID from the dinner.
The Washington Post has the most detail about who has there — Fauci, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky— and who is secretly infected:
about a half-dozen journalists as well as members of the White House and National Security Council staffs who said they tested positive after the event. Their names are being withheld because they have not announced their status publicly.
It’s a THING in D.C. for politicians to put out public statements or tweet when they get COVID and tell the public to get vaccinated. (In the Before Times, they only did this when they had cancer.)
So far, we know from their public announcements that Pres. Biden has two cabinet members and one top aide infected.
Attorney General Merrick Garland asked to be tested and is positive and asymptomatic and noted in a press release that he is “fully vaccinated and boosted.”
The Commerce Department put out a statement that said Secretary Gina Raimondo has COVID and “the vaccine has prevented her from experiencing more significant symptoms.” She added more vaccine promotion in a tweet:
Vice President Kamala Harris released a statement Wednesday about her top aide who was at the Gridiron:
Jamal Simmons, the Vice President’s Communications Director, tested positive for COVID-19 today. Jamal was in close contact to the Vice President as defined by CDC guidance. Jamal is isolating and working from home.
The Vice President will follow CDC guidance for those that have been in close contact with a positive individual and will continue to consult with her physician. The Vice President plans to continue with her public schedule.
Up on Capitol Hill, the COVID positives that we know so far are Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff of California, Joaquin Castro of Texas and Katherine Clark of Massachusetts. Here are their declarations:
The Post says these people also attended:
Other guests included Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Reps. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.); Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and special presidential envoy John F. Kerry; Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell; Govs. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) and Chris Sununu (R-N.H.); and New York Mayor Eric Adams (D).
All of these Washington insiders were able to attend the fancy party and hobnob with the powerful because they have gotten at least two vaccine doses. The DC outbreak now just shows that vaccine mandates are a useless way to stop the spread of COVID and just further segregates the elite from the rest of us.
Department of Justice press release
Commerce Department press release
Eventbrite for Gridiron event Sunday April 3 to show the skits first given at the exclusive dinner on Saturday
The Washington Post After Gridiron Dinner, a covid outbreak among Washington A-list guests