Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday about the spread of COVID-19, particularly among protesters, and the unequal treatment of protests, churches, and businesses throughout the pandemic.
Jordan (R-OH) asked Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases if he thought the government should crack down on protests similar to how the government has banned churches from congregating or businesses from operating. After admitting that crowds of people increase the chance of spreading the disease, Fauci demurred on whether the government should ban protests.
“I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,” Fauci said.
“Well, you make all kinds of recommendations. You make comments on dating, on baseball, on everything you can imagine. I’m just asking, you just said protests increase the spread. I’m just asking should we try to limit the protest?” Jordan pressed.
“Government is stopping people from going to church, Dr. Fauci.