UPDATED 12:05 PM PT — Friday, July 31, 2020
On Friday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci on whether protests have been driving the spread of coronavirus cases in the U.S. During a House hearing, Jordan asked Fauci if the government should limit demonstrations to help slow the spread of infection.
The infectious diseases expert admitted he was not in a position to recommend what the government should do to contain the virus. He did not speak on whether ongoing protests have increased the spread of the virus, but stated, “You should stay away from crowds, no matter where the crowds are.”
Rep. @Jim_Jordan asks if protests should be limited.
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "I'm not going to opine on limiting anything. I'm telling you what it is the danger is. You can make your own conclusion about that. You should stay away from crowds no matter where the crowds are." pic.twitter.com/DfgmahK35F
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 31, 2020
Jordan pointed out the hypocrisy in his statements and noted how the doctor has advised businesses to close down.
“You’ve advocated for certain businesses to be shut down. I’m just asking your position on the protests. We’ve heard a lot about hair salons. I haven’t seen one hair stylist who, between haircuts, goes out and attacks police and sets something on fire. But we have seen all kinds of stuff like that during protests and we know that protests actually increase the spread of the virus. You’ve said that.” – Jim Jordan, U.S. Representative
Rep. Jim Jordan get into a heated exchange with Dr. Fauci about the ties between the recent protests and COVID: pic.twitter.com/MG5EPQCABa
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 31, 2020
The lawmaker also pointed out the hypocrisy of advocating for the right to assemble while local governments impede the free exercise of religion by limiting church services.