Dr. Anthony Fauci and Admiral Brett Giroir, as well as CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, testified to the House on Friday. The Republicans on the committee proved once again that they’ll never let a serious crisis get in the way of political potshots and blind loyalty to their Fuhrer Donald Trump.
One of them in particular stood out as the perhaps model for the Beatles song, “The Fool on the Hill.” Jim Jordan, who has been under intense scrutiny for his role in the Ohio State wrestling program sexual abuse coverup scandal, is that fool.
On Friday, Jordan once again just looked stupid and small and petty. At one point, in an exchange with Fauci, they debated protests: “Crowding together, particularly when you’re not wearing a mask, contributes to the spread of the virus.” Fauci responded. “Should we limit the protesting?” Jordan continued. “I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,” Fauci responded. “I haven’t seen people during a church service go out and harm police officers or burn buildings,” Jordan continued. “No limit to protests, but you can’t go to church on Sunday.”
“I said crowds,” said Fauci. “I didn’t say protests do anything … Crowds are known, particularly when you don’t have a mask to increase the acquisition and transmission.”
Jordan summarized it after the hearings on Twitter: “Can’t go to church. Can’t go to work. Can’t go to school. Even Dr. Fauci says protesting is dangerous. But Democrats encourage people to riot and protest in the streets.”
That’s not what Fauci said. And if Jim Jordan had done his homework, he might be startled to see that in rural communities, during the week of July 25th, 56,400 new cases were cited, up 16% from the previous week. Almost half of all rural counties had higher case counts than in the previous week. Of the 2,000 rural counties, more than a quarter (549) have been in the red zone for over a month. That is not from protests and rallies. The fool on the hill is from Ohio.