A CNN medical expert expressed concern over the potential spread of the coronavirus in the White House during the Republican National Convention on Thursday, but praised the tens of thousands who showed up for the march in Washington the next day.
Many reporters questioned President Trump’s choice to deliver his reappointment acceptance speech on the South Lawn in front of an outdoor audience of around 1,500 people where there were very few masks and no social distancing.
CNN guest Dr Rob Davidson has joined the chorus of critics.
“I was very concerned about the White House event last night, 1,500 people huddled side by side, the head of the coronavirus task force [Vice President Mike Pence] in presence without mask with his family, his elderly mother without mask. And that’s worrying, ”Davidson told CNN host Anderson Cooper. We know people haven’t been tested, only people in direct contact with President Trump have been tested. So I think we’re going to see cases out of that and that models bad behavior. ”
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Davidson, an emergency physician and 2018 Democratic Congressional candidate (a fact that, as one critic pointed out, CNN did not reveal on air), took a very different tone on the march on Washington, where approximately 50,000 people commemorated the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
“Now when we juxtapose that to what’s going on in Washington DC right now, people mostly wear masks,” Davidson continued. “Now there are social distancing issues. However, it is a public health crisis that they are walking against. Systemic racism has claimed the lives of so many lives in this country throughout our history. If you were born black in this country in 2017, you have a life expectancy that is three and a half years less than a white birth. If you are a young black person, you have a 1/1000 chance of being shot by the police, three times more than if you were born white. ”
He added, “So I think when you march against a public health emergency, I think you apply all the risk mitigation procedures that you can, but we understand that we have to do the risk benefit analysis and these people are doing something. very important today. ”
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Critics criticized what they claimed to be a blatant double standard.
“Science, you see. Science, ”joked Rebeccah Heinrichs, senior fellow of the Hudson Institute.
“No serious person buys this absurd nonsense. It’s insulting and insane, ”responded federalist correspondent David Marcus.
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“They are not serious people. They have no credibility and should have no influence on the debate on how we should deal with the virus, ”tweeted conservative commentator AG Hamilton.
“And Anderson Cooper, of course, let this BS go unanswered,” Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross said.
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A study examining whether the Black Lives Matter protests between May 26 and June 20 increased transmission of the coronavirus found “no evidence that urban protests have re-ignited the growth of COVID-19 cases over the years. three weeks after the start of the protests.
Scientists have come up with different explanations as to why the protests did not appear to be so-called ‘super widespread’ events, claiming that a higher percentage of people who did not protest actually stayed at home or that masks were worn. in most events.
The media have long been criticized for condemning the Trump events, anti-lockout protests and religious rallies for their lack of social distancing while withholding judgment on ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the country.