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‘Privilege’: Chris Christie One of Very Few to Get ‘VIP’ Experimental Drug ‘While Our Friends and Families Die’



Americans are expressing outrage Friday as they learn former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a top Republican and top ally of President Donald Trump, is one of a very few people who was treated for COVID-19 with a “VIP” experimental antibody drug therapy, manufactured by Eli Lilly.

Christie, who checked himself into a hospital on October 3 after testing positive for coronavirus was present at the Trump White House’s “super-spreader” celebration for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. At least 34 people tested positive after attending the event.

Christie was also part of President Donald Trump’s debate prep team. He revealed almost no one wore masks during their sessions. On Thursday he said he learned from his illness and urged all Americans to wear masks, saying the federal government should have treated them as adults.

But S&P Global reports Christie is just “the latest person with VIP status to obtain access to a drug out of reach for most Americans,” noting that “bioethicists have raised concerns about the standards Lilly and Regeneron are using to provide access to the limited doses of their experimental antibody treatments.”

Christie was treated with Eli Lilly and Co.’s experimental antibody treatment, along with Gilead Sciences Inc.’s antiviral remdesivir, an Ebola drug.

“Lilly declined to comment specifically on how Christie obtained access to the company’s experimental antibody treatment and what criteria he met to receive the therapy.”

Over eight million Americans have been infected with coronavirus. On Thursday the US recorded 66,129 new COVID-19 cases. Nearly 220,000 have died already. That number is growing by the minute.

Many on social media, upon learning that Christie was treated with a drug almost no one else has access to, expressed anger – over his irresponsible behavior and that his status, access to the President, access to the best health care, and privilege allow him to benefit while Americans who are working hard to protect themselves and their families, yet contract COVID-19 are still dying.

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Watch: Texas ‘Christian Woman of God’ Derails School Board Hearing in Attempt to Ban Book That Mentions Anal Sex



A mother of two in Texas hijacked a school board hearing when she stepped up to the podium and engaged in a rant about anal sex (video below).

Kara Bell, who earlier this year was a candidate for the very school board she addressed Wednesday, demanded a book be removed from local public middle school libraries. The book, a young adult novel, includes a passage that refers to anal sex.

“I do not want my children to learn about anal sex in middle school,” Bell, in a loud voice told the Lake Travis Independent School District board, after reading the passages that offended her from the book, KXAN reports.

“I’ve never had anal sex. I don’t want to have anal sex. I don’t want my kids having anal sex. I want you to start focusing on education and not public health.”

The publisher’s description for the award-winning book, “Out of Darkness,” reads: “A dangerous forbidden romance rocks a Texan oil town in 1937, when segregation was a matter of life and death.”

It was named “Best Book of the Year” by Kirkus Reviews, and “best book” by School Library Journal, among other awards. “Out of Darkness” was written by a teacher, Ashley Hope Pérez, according to a New York Times 2015 review.

Kara Bell did not care about any of that.

In April Bell was given an assault citation after refusing to wear a mask in a department store. She identified herself as a “Christian woman of God,” who did not have to follow the store’s “disgusting rules,” according to the Daily Dot, which describes her as s a “strident anti-mask QAnon believer.”

“I will not have it. You understand that. I will not have it,” she said about being told she had to wear a mask.

Police body cam footage shows her insisting the store demanded she wear a mask because she’s white.

“I am a woman of God. This is my right as much as it is yours,” Bell told police officers who detained her. “This is my land as much as it is yours. I did not sign up for this. I am a Christian woman of God.”

“And you are not gonna put your disgusting rules on me that are false and not true,” she continued, according to Newsweek. “I will not have it. I’m sick of being bullied. I’m sick of being lied to and it’s not gonna happen anymore, do you understand?”

KXAN reports the book as been removed pending investigation.


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