On Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) had a tense debate with Dr. Anthony Fauci about his CCP Virus (COVID-19) restrictions guidelines, in which Dr. Fauci declined to say when they could possibly be lifted.
During the House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee hearing titled “Reaching the Light at the End of the Tunnel: Ending COVID-19,” Jordan, a conservative firebrand, grilled Fauci for several minutes, asking when Americans would expect to “get their freedoms back.”
Just before this clip, Fauci said that as the number of cases drops, people would be more “flexible” about removing CCP virus restrictions countrywide, but he didn’t say when that will happen.
During his time for questioning, Jordan pressed the public health specialist to definitively respond to whether the Biden administration would propose removing coronavirus prohibitions such as social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoiding crowds.
“When is the time?” the Ohio congressman asked. “When do Americans get their freedom back?”
In response, Fauci only gave a vague answer:
“When we get the level of infection in this country low enough that it is not a really high threat.”
“What is low enough? Give me a number,” Jordan hit back. “What metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get their freedoms?”
“15 days to slow the spread turned into one year of lost liberty,” Jordan continued.
Fauci, clearly irritated by the line of questioning, responded, “You know, you’re indicating liberty and freedom … but I look at it as a public health measure to keep people from dying and going to the hospital.”
“You don’t think Americans’ liberties have been threatened in the last year, Dr. Fauci?” Jordan shot back. “They’ve been assaulted!”
“I don’t look at this as a liberty thing, Congressman Jordan. I look at this as a public health thing,” Fauci reaffirmed. “I disagree with you on that completely.”
Jordan repeatedly asked for an “amount” or other metrics by which the administration would judge the pandemic recovery, and the tense banter continued for several minutes. But Fauci still declined to offer any specifics.
Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the chair of the subcommittee, in an apparent show of sarcasm, interjected with a response, stating that COVID controls could be relaxed “when 90 percent of the members of Congress get vaccinated.”
“You’re not a doctor, Mr. Clyburn,” Jordan snapped back, noting that the American people wanted to hear from Fauci on the topic, not the South Carolina congressman.
Jordan’s insistence enraged Waters, who jumped in to chastise her Republican colleague, telling him to “respect the chair and shut your mouth.”