According to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, states that are imposing new restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday are engaged in “Orwellian” tactics that aren’t necessary.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, Politico reports, McEnany was asked about what some states are doing to fight COVID-19:
“Co-host Steve Doocy (asked) specifically about ‘suggestions and guidelines’ from some governors that residents not gather in large groups when celebrating next Thursday.”
The press secretary replied:
“The American people know how to protect their health. We’ve dealt with COVID for many months. But it’s Orwellian in a place like Oregon to say if you gather in numbers more than six we might come to your house and arrest you and you get 30 days of jail time. That’s not the American way.”
When Doocy noted that the administration had previously deferred to governors to deal with the ongoing pandemic in their states, McEnany retorted:
“It’s up to every state to do what they want to do but there are consequences for those states … the American people are freedom loving people. We can make good decisions, we can wash our hands wear masks, socially distance, but we can also decide in our own personal domicile, our own home, whether we can have our family members present at any given time.”
McEnany dismisses public health guidelines to slow the spread of coronavirus as “Orwellian” pic.twitter.com/S70IbQIce6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 18, 2020
And if that love of freedom winds up killing our elderly relatives, is that just the price we have to pay for a few hours of temporary familial memories? Yeah, invite grandma for Thanksgiving dinner and then you can bury her for Christmas. How festive!
Public health experts have already warned us that we’re in for a very dark winter, with coronavirus cases spiking and the added danger from seasonal influenza. And yet the Trump administration continues to act as if nothing is wrong.
Nearly 250,000 Americans are dead from this horrific disease, and yet Donald Trump and his staffers want us celebrate. No wonder voters decided to give Joe Biden a chance instead of having to endure more death, denial, and lying.
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