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Meghan McCain, the co-host of the liberal shouting match otherwise known as The View on ABC television network, backed up U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s criticism of lockdown, shutdown advocate Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts whose pronouncements have been off the mark amidst the coronavirus pandemic and who have consistently stood in the way of reopening America for business.
On Tuesday during testimony at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Rand Paul — a medical doctor — told Fauci that “[t]he history of this, when we look back will be wrong prediction after wrong prediction after wrong prediction — so I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what is best for the economy. As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all. I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision. We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side who are saying there’s not going to be a surge and that we can safely reopen the economy.”
Parenthetically, there seems to be an ironclad rule that even a mild disagreement must include an expression of respect for Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
In discussing the Senate exchange, the ladies of The View were predictably all on Team Fauci, except for avowed Never-Trumper Meghan McCain, who, of course, prefaced her remarks with the obligatory respect for the good doctor, and then talked about how her stressed-out friends, like many Americans, were going broke under one-size-fits-all shelter-at-home orders.
“I guess this show is called The View because I have a completely different take on yesterday, and I watched the entire thing, and I would like to say I respect Dr. Fauci just as I think most Americans do, but look, California has just announced they’re extending their sheltering in place through August, and I got more than a few phone calls from friends that are just absolutely despondent. Out of work, can’t work, can’t go anywhere, can’t do anything, and are really looking down the barrel of being unable to pay their mortgage, being unable to feed themselves. Really scary things you don’t think of happening in this time. There are different ways to die from COVID. We’re seeing suicide spikes in unprecedented numbers; 1,000 percent raise in the suicide hotlines here in the United States of America. There’s depression at absolutely exponential levels.”
More importantly, echoing Tucker Carlson, she seemingly cataloged the ways that Dr. Fauci has been wrong:
“And I think the question a lot of people are raising is, I think all of us have been very responsible, at least here on the show and have abided by the rules, and I don’t have a problem with that, but what Rand Paul was trying to say to Anthony Fauci is that you have been really wrong on a lot of things, and there’s a clip online that was played on Tucker Carlson last night talking about everything from, you don’t have to wear masks to 2.2 million people are going to die, to we need millions of ventilators, to now we have so many we don’t know what to do, and we’re giving it to foreign countries right now.”
(Source: The View)
Meghan McCain added that it’s not a binary choice between a continued lockdown and mass infections.
“So I think we’re going to have to come to some kind of middle ground because right now there’s a lot of feelings of hopelessness that this is where we’re at. We’re going to be sheltering in place until we find a vaccine, until there are no deaths in America whatsoever, but at the same time, we are going to bankrupt this country and not have enough ink and printers to print money to get us out of it. So I think there has to be more than just we’re locking down the country for the foreseeable future.”
Red states could be the beneficiary of economy-killing strict quarantine orders in blue states, she added.
Watch the Tucker Carlson clip to which Meghan McCain may have been referring in which the FNC host called Fauci “a stone-cold genius who you’re not allowed to question.”
Carlson has also harshly described Dr. Fauci as “The chief buffoon of the professional class.”
Separately, in a break with Fauci, President Trump says that he “totally disagrees” with Fauci’s recommendation to keep the public schools closed indefinitely. Trump made sure to add that “Anthony is a good person,” which sort of the same way of expressing respect. Fauci apparently thinks that no one should make a move until a vaccine becomes available perhaps a year or more down the road, even though vaccines, in general, are hardly foolproof.
Republican Meghan McCain, the late senator’s daughter, has strongly hinted that she will vote for presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden instead of Donald Trump in November.
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