Fauci to Jordan: 'You're Ranting Again'

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2021

Similarly tense banter continued for several minutes as Jordan time and again asked simply for a "number" or some criteria with which the administration would judge the pandemic recovery.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, pressed by a Republican lawmaker Thursday over when Americans will "get their liberties back", gave his clearest explanation yet as to when COVID-19 restrictions could be safely lifted, saying the US must get its infection rate under 10,000 new cases a day.

Waters intervened on Thursday as Jordan was in the middle of grilling Fauci, telling the Republican lawmaker to "respect the chair and shut your mouth". "What metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get more freedoms back?" Jordan asked Fauci after going on an extended rant about what he described as arbitrary and overreaching restrictions on daily life.

"I don't look at this as a liberty thing", Fauci replied as Jordan interjected "That's obvious".

"With a level of animation rarely seen by Dr. Fauci, he insisted".

Jordan shot back "it's not a personal thing". Jordan replied after time expired. "I'm actually asking a question that the citizens I get the privilege of representing and my name actually goes on the ballot". Fauci said. "My recommendations are not a personal recommendation". 'I mean obviously everyone would like to see that situation fixed, I know that it's a very hard situation, ' he added after the Louisiana Republican asked if migrants in custody should be following COVID-19 social distancing protocols. "What measures have to be attained before Americans get their First Amendment liberties back?"

"I just told you that", Fauci said, to which Jordan responded, "No, you haven't given anything specific".

Later, Fauci added, "We're not talking about liberties. We're talking about a pandemic that has killed 562,000 Americans". "When do Americans get their freedom back?"

"You just said people can not assemble in their own homes".

The Ohio congressman referenced a recent video posted on YouTube of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis discussing with doctors how children may not all need to wear masks, which was taken down by video platform service, which in Jordan's eyes, violated First Amendment rights only because they disagreed with Fauci.

'When 90 per cent of the members of Congress get vaccinated, ' inserted the chairman of the committee, Rep. Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, hitting the gavel to tell Jordan his time was up. After Fauci began to answer that the best thing to do is gradually end restrictions once infection rates fall enough, Jordan interrupted, saying, "Give me a number".

Clyburn repeatedly banged his gavel while the OH congressman was speaking to signal that his time was up, and then recognized Waters.

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