Ohio Representative Jim Jordan held an intense exchange with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday as he made a grid with the country’s top coronavirus expert on whether protests should be limited as the pandemic occurs.
“Should the government limit the protest?” the Republican first asked Fauci, as he testified to the House Select Subcommittee of the Coronavirus crisis view.
“I don’t think it’s relevant,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus working group.
This led Jordan to point out that Fauci previously said that being in a maskless crowd contributes to the spread of COVID-19.
The fired congressman also noted that Americans have been banned from going to church and working during the pandemic, although protests, including violent clashes with authorities in Portland, Oregon, have been allowed in continue.
“I wonder if there is a world where the Constitution says that the freedom of the First Amendment can be favored, protesting for another, practicing your faith?” Jordan asked.
Fauci replied, “I don’t favor anyone. I’m just making a statement that’s a broad statement that avoids crowds of any kind, no matter where you are, because it leads to acquisition and transmission. I don’t judge a crowd versus another crowd. ”
Jordan went on to point out what he called “inconsistencies” in the way the U.S. handled the pandemic, while referring to two New Jersey gym owners who were arrested Monday for opening their business.
“So you’re allowed to protest, millions of people a day in a crowd, shouting, shouting, but you’re trying to run your business, are you being arrested?” he asked.
At one point in the tense and back and forth, a clearly frustrated Fauci accused Jordan of “putting words in my mouth,” while the legislature tried to blame him for spreading the virus in ongoing protests.
“I’m saying that groupings, wherever they are, can give you a greater chance of acquisition and transmission,” Fauci responded.
“But do you understand the concern of Americans? According to Democrats, the protests are fine, but you can’t go to work, you can’t go to school or go to church, “Jordan said,” before the commission’s representative, James Clyburn. , brought down control. , informing the deputy that his five minutes had passed.