Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tried to get Dr. Anthony Fauci to help ending protests underneath the guise of stopping the unfold of the virus.
Right here was the change at a Home listening to on the administration’s virus response:
Jordan: Do protests enhance the unfold of the virus?
Fauci: Crowding collectively, significantly if you’re not sporting a masks, contributes to the unfold of the virus.
Jordan: I’m simply asking if it contributes to the unfold of the virus ought to we restrict it.
Fauci: I’m not ready to find out what the federal government can do in a forceful method. I don’t perceive what you’re asking me as a public well being official to opine on who ought to get arrested or not. I mentioned crowds. I didn’t say particularly, I didn’t say protests or something.
Jordan: So the protests don’t enhance the unfold of the virus?
Fauci: I didn’t say that, you’re placing phrases in my mouth.
Jim Jordan tries to make use of the virus to remove the First Modification proper to protest Trump and racism. pic.twitter.com/xG6jfyU1Ta
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 31, 2020
The previous celebration of restricted authorities and particular person rights is neither of these issues now. Trump’s GOP is all about federal management and violation of liberties and rights. A pandemic makes a useful for Republicans to trample the structure.
Protests aren’t inflicting the virus, however Republicans who hold insisting on going again to enterprise as ordinary, whereas ignoring public well being and the pandemic undoubtedly are.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White Home and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Diploma in Political Science. His graduate work targeted on public coverage, with a specialization in social reform actions.
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