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During a conference call this week with local school officials, Los Angeles County public health director Barbara Ferrer announced that no school in the Democrat-controlled county will be allowed to reopen until sometime after the November election.
“We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving either to Tier 2 [of California’s reopening plan] or to reopening K-12 schools at least until after the election,” she said, according to a now-viral audio recording from the conference.
“It seems to us the more realistic approach to this would be to think that we’re gonna be where we are now until we are done with the election.”
Listen via Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle“:
“We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to Re-open schools at least during, uh, at least until after the election” Dr Barbara Ferrer LA County Public Health Director just gave up the ghost, (Audio) obtained by KFI AM 640
— Chicago1Ray 🇺🇸 (@Chicago1Ray) September 11, 2020
The clip quickly went viral, provoking mass outrage and accusations that officials like Ferrer, who already went viral last May for looking so stunningly unhealthy, have politicized the coronavirus to score points against President Donald Trump.
BREAKING: newly exposed audio recording proves political motivation: “We are going to be where we are until after the election,” Barbara Ferrer, LA County Health Director. (who is dictating LA county coronavirus response) ⏬⏬⏬ https://t.co/ugGsEiD69u
— Liz Habib (@LizHabib) September 10, 2020
Dr Ferrer, of LA County Dept of Health says schools may not open til after the election! Why the election? Why not three weeks, Halloween, Thanksgiving? Why the Election? California COVID data is massively better and hospitals are not over run. https://t.co/tTj6ayrbj4
— Brian Wesbury (@wesbury) September 10, 2020
Listen to what their doing to us in California and why they’re not opening us and the schools. Not hospital capacity, not ventilators, not ICU beds, not lower positive numbers (which inflates obviously due to more testing). Our children are now being used as political pawns.
— House of Ink (@HouseOfInk_Tat) September 10, 2020
Did you think Garcetti / Newsom would have it any other way? I mean how else you going to cut power / water, cancel trick or treat, ruin lives, block education? Not w the truth! That wouldnt be the Dem way!
— bird (@birdbrainjoeboo) September 11, 2020
They want to damage your kids education forever because of politics. But that’s the publics for you. Teachers and politics are forever more important than your kids.
— ArmaliteAR-180 (@armalitear) September 10, 2020
Dr Ferrer told us “the science is guiding our decisions” what does science have to do with the election? We are being held hostage by a Politically motivated shut down.
WAKE UP LOS ANGELES.
— 𝓛𝓲𝓼𝓪 (@Rockprincess818) September 10, 2020
— 0.0 (@wiseguy702) September 10, 2020
The “Party of Science” is keeping your kids out of school for political reasons. Where are @CNN @MSNBC @FoxNews @ABC @CBSNews @NBCNews @nytimes @NPR? Shouldn’t they be calling for resignations? Investigations? Schools to be reopened immediately?
— 🇺🇸#IAmTheNRA Rosenblum (@StevenRosenblum) September 10, 2020
To answer the latter user’s question, not a single mainstream outlet outside of Fox News had reported on this story as of Friday morning.
After the backlash erupted, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health tried to walk back or “clarify” Ferrer’s remark.
A spokesperson told local station KCBS that her remark “was related only to timing any expanded school re-openings to allow for enough time from the implementation of changes to assess impact prior to expansions.”
“DPH will be working closely with schools providing services and supports to high need students over the next 6-8 weeks to implement and assess safety directives and strategies for ensuring infection control and distancing. This information will be used to inform the timing of future activities at schools.”
But the same question remains: What does any of this have to do with the election? According to critics, the answer likewise remains the same.
No clarification needed, we all know what’s going on.
— Denlesks (@Denlesks) September 11, 2020
It’s all politics. Sad they are putting our kids through it
— Thrilla Gorilla (@Scbolt21) September 11, 2020
I assumed it was common knowledge this would be the case. Covid is about the election, always has been.
— Problematic17 (@Problematic171) September 11, 2020
All a political play. They want to disrupt people’s lives to create chaos before the election. Teach these politicians a lesson and vote Republican down the ballot in Nov.
— Larry (@LeisureSuitLV) September 11, 2020
This controversy comes as pressure is building against Democrat-controlled cities and states that refuse to pull back their draconian coronavirus restrictions, despite clear-cut evidence showing that the coronavirus has greatly weakened.
In some cases, Democrats like presidential nominee Joe Biden have outright lied about the severity of the pandemic:
Joe Biden grossly inflates military cases and deaths from coronavirus; gets fact-checked from CNN https://t.co/gLltLEwNE8
— kitty1111 (@kitty111116) September 10, 2020
In other cases, Democrats have foisted draconian coronavirus restrictions on their constituents while personally not following the restrictions themselves:
— Scott Witlin 🧢 (@ScottWitlin) September 7, 2020
These lies and double standards have exacerbated the feeling among some in the public that these restrictions aren’t based on science but rather on politics. And well, Ferrer’s remarks were basically equivalent to pouring gasoline on an already raging wildfire.