Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tried to get Dr. Anthony Fauci to support ending protests under the guise of stopping the spread of the virus.
Here was the exchange at a House hearing on the administration’s virus response:
Jordan: Do protests increase the spread of the virus?
Fauci: Crowding together, particularly when you’re not wearing a mask, contributes to the spread of the virus.
Jordan: I’m just asking if it contributes to the spread of the virus should we limit it.
Fauci: I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way. I don’t understand what you’re asking me as a public health official to opine on who should get arrested or not. I said crowds. I didn’t say specifically, I didn’t say protests or anything.
Jordan: So the protests don’t increase the spread of the virus?
Fauci: I didn’t say that, you’re putting words in my mouth.
Jim Jordan tries to use the virus to take away the First Amendment right to protest Trump and racism. pic.twitter.com/xG6jfyU1Ta
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 31, 2020
The former party of limited government and individual rights is neither of those things now. Trump’s GOP is all about federal control and violation of liberties and rights. A pandemic makes a handy for Republicans to trample the constitution.
Protests aren’t causing the virus, but Republicans who keep insisting on going back to business as usual, while ignoring public health and the pandemic definitely are.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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