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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sounded the alarm over how some coronavirus measures are “shredding” the U.S. Constitution.
Huckabee criticized recent reports of enforcing quarantine measures, denouncing what he sees as a threat to Americans’ civil liberties during an interview with Fox News on Monday.
(Source: Fox News)
The Fox News contributor and former Republican presidential candidate reacted to comments made by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, regarding the safety of voters heading to polls in November.
The health expert on President Trump’s coronavirus task force told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he “can’t guarantee” that it will be safe for voting in person in five months in light of the coronavirus pandemic. His comments further fueled the push by Democrats clamoring for an all vote-by-mail election, which has been opposed by the president and the GOP.
Huckabee told the Fox News hosts that, while experts like Fauci offer beneficial assessments, they should not dictate policy and it is ultimately up to “elected officials” in the executive branch of the government to decide what is best for the country based on all the information.
“We live in a democracy. We live in a country where we elect our leaders to make decisions — we do not relegate, delegate, and give over those decisions to people, no matter how smart they are; we don’t give them to people who haven’t been elected by we the people,” Huckabee said.
“That is a concern to me that I don’t hear enough about, is how we are shredding the Constitution by telling people such things as you can’t sit in a car by yourself, you’re going to get arrested, you can’t drive up to a church in your own vehicle, and the closest contact you have is with the police officer who comes and tells us you can’t do it,” he added, referring to recent reports.
Churchgoers in Mississippi were issued $500 citations for failing to disperse when they were told by police as they gathered in a church parking lot, in their own vehicles, to listen to a sermon on an FM-radio frequency. The Democrat mayor of Greenville had even issued an order prohibiting drive-up services.
In addition, Kentucky’s Democrat governor Andy Beshear declared that state police would be recording the license plates of those daring to attend church services on Easter Sunday.
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“Local health departments are going to come to your door with an order for you to be quarantined for 14 days,” Beshear threatened, prompting a rebuke from Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who tweeted: “Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.”
Huckabee noted the incidents as examples of developments that should concern Americans.
“There are some things that should scare the living daylights out of us,” he said.
Huckabee agreed that Fauci downplayed the seriousness of the virus outbreak, even while the president is getting all the blame for not acting swiftly enough on alleged warnings by health experts early on. He didn’t believe Trump would fire Fauci although he admitted there is probably some “friction”between them, noting the president’s retweet of a message with the hashtag: “Time to #FireFauci.”
Huckabee also condemned the World Health Organization and defended Trump’s remarks about defunding the agency after criticism for its mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak and for covering for the Chinese government.
The former governor took aim at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff who has decided that this moment, amid a global health crisis and a free-falling U.S. economy, is a good time to launch yet another investigation of the president for his response to the pandemic.
“If Adam Schiff wants to investigate something, here’s his target,” Huckabee said. “Instead of wasting his tine going after the president, who has a few things on his plate, let Congress take a look at what WHO did.”
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