Ohio reporter Jim Jordan had a heated exchange with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday as he recruited the country’s best coronavirus expert on whether protests should be curtailed as the pandemic rages.
“Should the government limit the protests?” The Republican first asked Fauci when he testified in the House Select subcommittee to hear about the coronavirus crisis.
“I don’t think that’s appropriate,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus group.
This led Jordan to point out that Fauci had previously said he was in a crowd without a mask, contributing to the spread of COVID-1
The fired congressman also noted that Americans were banned from attending church and working during the pandemic, although protests, including violent clashes with authorities in Portland, Oregon, were allowed to continue.
“I’m just asking, is there a world in which the constitution says you can prefer the freedom of one first amendment, to protest against another, to practice your faith?” Jordan asked.
Foci replied: “I do not prefer anyone to anyone. I’m just making a statement, which is a broad statement that avoids crowds of any type, no matter where you are, because that leads to acquisition and transmission. I do not judge one crowd against another. “
Jordan went on to point out the “discrepancies” in how America dealt with the pandemic, citing two New Jersey gym owners who were arrested Monday for starting a business.
“So you’re allowed to protest, millions of people in a crowd one day, screaming, screaming – but you’re trying to run your business, you’re going to be arrested?” He asked.
At one point, during a tense back and forth frustration, Foci accused Jordan of “putting words in my mouth” as the lawmaker tried to get him to blame the spread of the virus in the ongoing protests.
“I say that crowds of people, wherever the crowds are, can give you a better chance of acquiring and handing over,” Fauci replied.
“But do you understand the concerns of Americans?” The protests, according to Democrats, are fine, but you can’t go to work, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to church, “Jordan said. his five minutes were up.