Washington, D.C. — Legislators demonstrated unprecedented leadership earlier this year by engaging in insider stock trading upon being briefed about COVID-19, showing the American people what it truly means to lead by example.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is amongst the few leaders brave enough to push the movement to “stay inside” while the threat of coronavirus began to surge. This included strictly engaging in economic opportunities which were literally “inside” when others were frivolously continuing on with daily life.
“It’s important for the public to understand that you must do what you have to in order protect the ones you love,” said Burr. “If it means I have to sell hundreds of thousands of dollars in stocks before they dip 30 percent, so be it.”
Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) also led the way in his state of Montana by purchasing stock in companies profiting from COVID-19, including the French producers of Hydroxychloroquine.
“When I was told that this virus was not going anywhere soon, I knew I had to stay inside,” Gianforte said. “Companies need to know we believe in them. I’d like to see you fork over your salary and risk becoming the richest GOP congressman.”
At first, very few state leaders took initiative and encouraged the public only to engage with inside activities. It was only after being prompted by the federal government that the public was told to remain inside as much as possible, and to only go out for essential activities like grocery shopping.
“Public health matters to me as much as the next guy,” cackled Burr. “I made a vow to always do what was right for me.”