Jim Jordan criticized Fauci for not giving a proper time line to when we can expect to get things back to normal, according to The Daily Wire.
Dr. Fauci says that it’s imperative that Americans stay up to date with COVID precautions such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.
“We had ’15 days to slow the spread’ turned into one year of lost liberty,” Jordan said.
“What metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get more freedoms?”
Jordan questioned, “What determines when? What measure?”
“Are we just going to continue this forever?”
“When, when do we get to the point, what measure, what standard, objective outcome, do we have to reach before Americans get their liberties and freedoms back?”
“You’re looking at it as liberty and freedom.”
“I look at it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to the hospital,” Fauci replied.
“You don’t think Americans’ liberties have been threatened over the last year, Dr. Fauci? They’ve been assaulted! Their liberties have.”
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“You think the Constitution is suspended during a virus, during a pandemic?”
“These very pictures that Rep. Scalise just showed you and talked about, guess what? The press isn’t allowed in those facilities. The Biden administration won’t let the press in there [because of COVID] …,”
Fauci said, “You’re making this a personal thing and it isn’t.”
“… My recommendations are not a personal recommendation. It’s based on the CDC guidance, which is –”
“Right now we have about 60,000 cases of infections a day, which is a very large risk for a surge. We’re not talking about liberties. We’re talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans.”
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Dr. Fauci reiterated his stance that he views what’s taking place as a “public health measure,” not as a “liberties issue.”
Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) chimed in, saying First Amendment rights will return when “90% of the members of the United States Congress get vaccinated.”
Jordan replied saying he wanted to hear from Dr. Fauci.
“I want to know if that’s what Dr. Fauci thinks. Is it 90%, Dr. Fauci? Is it 90%?” Jordan asked. “That’s what I’d like to know. Give us some objective standards versus when some things are reached we might be able to get back to having our liberty. When? What are the numbers?”
Instead of providing a tangible number, Dr. Fauci answered again with generalities.
Clyburn responded again. “When 90% of the members of the United States Congress get vaccinated.
Jordan fired back. “Mr. Chairman, I don’t want you to answer my question. The American people want Dr. Fauci to answer the question.”