On Thursday, following a damning ProPublica report that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) dumped $1.6 million of stock in coronavirus-affected companies while telling the public the virus was not cause for major concern, commenters on social media took to Twitter to rage at the senator's actions.
Some pointed out that Burr was one of just three senators to vote against legislation restricting members' of Congress ability to trade stocks on government information. Others simply called for him to resign.
Publicly, Sen. Burr said everything was fine. Privately, he sold off stock and warned his rich friends about the c… https://t.co/ghR8auwCt7— Crystal Fincher (@Crystal Fincher)1584656019.0
The STOCK Act passed in 2012 with strong bipartisan support after 60 Minutes uncovered that lawmakers were using of… https://t.co/wQIe3bnnap— Megan Pratz (@Megan Pratz)1584653326.0
@ParkerMolloy Fun fact: he voted against the bill that made insider trading among members of congress illegal. He c… https://t.co/FQJkXIiO5T— Anand Mehta (@Anand Mehta)1584654155.0
Meanwhile, Eric Trump was encouraging the general public to invest (I’m sure someone has the tweet)...do we believe… https://t.co/Zhhqd2Oo4z— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa)1584653407.0
Sounds like Burr could be heading to prison for insider trading: “As the head of the intel comm, Burr has access to… https://t.co/cMZ4Sklmss— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1584656731.0
It takes a lot to truly outrage me when Republicans act badly since I’m so inured to it ... but I am PISSED about t… https://t.co/vXd3RVFn4n— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1584653921.0
Richard Burr was dumping stock will American lives were in danger. He literally used his daily briefings for what i… https://t.co/t2Cg3IQdzS— Christopher Bouzy (@Christopher Bouzy)1584654564.0
Senator Burr stole money from American citizens who were not informed of the risk of coronavirus, unlike him. Bury… https://t.co/AJmQQ9RRDN— "AOC is a Matt Gaetz Democrat" Wokyleeks (@"AOC is a Matt Gaetz Democrat" Wokyleeks)1584652443.0
Anyone checked whether Marco Rubio dumped stock based off his classified briefings on COVID-19? Bc I believe he'd b… https://t.co/hG9yIy2EZm— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel)1584656110.0
Burr belongs in prison. Lock him up. https://t.co/l5IWyxGF9i— Matt Murphy (@Matt Murphy)1584654277.0
As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I know that our committee receives sensitive information, includin… https://t.co/fB2BgUhrrs— Joaquin Castro (@Joaquin Castro)1584654675.0
.@SenatorBurr should weather the #coronavirus epidemic in federal prison. https://t.co/L82rxQ2g7u— Steve Silberman (@Steve Silberman)1584656698.0
If Trump can call himself a war president, I guess we can call the likes of Sen. Burr a war criminal. https://t.co/7vGKFm4Pnz— Jeff Stein (@Jeff Stein)1584633834.0
I guess his money printer went BURRRRR https://t.co/lKjvc0Scpi— Ben Kestenbaum 🦅 (@Ben Kestenbaum 🦅)1584655786.0