Representative Jim Jordan talks to Dr Fauci about protests and COVID-19

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Ohio Representative Jim Jordan had a heated exchange with Dr Anthony Fauci on Friday as he asked the nation’s top coronavirus expert if protests should be limited as the pandemic rages on.”Should the government limit demonstrations?” The Republican first asked Fauci, as he testified during the House special subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis hearing.

“I don’t think it’s relevant,” replied Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

This led Jordan to point out that Fauci previously said being in a crowd without a mask was contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

The excited congressman also noted that Americans were banned from attending church and working during the pandemic – even though protests, including violent clashes with Portland officials, Oregone, were allowed to continue.

“I’m just asking if there is a world where the constitution says you can promote a First Amendment freedom, by protesting, over another, by practicing your faith?” Jordan asked.

Fauci replied, “I don’t favor anyone over anyone. I’m just making a statement which is a general statement that avoids crowds of any kind no matter where you are as it leads to acquisition and transmission. I don’t judge one crowd against another.

Jordan continued to point out what he called “inconsistencies” in the way the United States has handled the pandemic – while also referring to two New Jersey gym owners who were arrested Monday for opening their businesses. .

“So you’re allowed to protest, millions of people in one day in a crowd, shouting, shouting – but you’re trying to run your business, have you stopped? He asked.

At one point during the tense back-and-forth, a clearly frustrated Fauci accused Jordan of ‘putting words in my mouth’ as ​​lawmakers tried to get him to blame the spread of the virus on the ongoing protests. .

“I’m saying that crowds, wherever they are, can give you an increased likelihood of acquisition and transmission,” Fauci replied.

“But do you understand the concern of the Americans? Protests, Democrats say, is fine, but you can’t go to work, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to church, ”Jordan retorted – before the Committee Chairman, Rep. James Clyburn, throws his hammer to the ground, informing the Congressman that his five minutes are up.

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