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Fox News’ Brit Hume believes the presidential debates should continue as initially planned, regardless of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.
Why? Because, he explained late Tuesday on Fox News’ “The Story,” life must go on.
Plus, he added, if what the media’s preferred scientists have been saying about the coronavirus is true, then there should be no issue with debating.
“Look, haven’t the medical authorities been telling us all this time that, to avoid infection, you stay a certain distance apart, and you wear masks, and even in certain circumstances you might have a partition that separates you from others, and that way you can get on with life?” he said to FNC host Martha MacCallum.
“There’s a real need in this country to get on with life, and presidential and vice presidential debates are a part of that. So the idea that if the president is still potentially infected in some way, that you couldn’t stage an in-person debate, I think flies in the face of all that we’ve been told about this disease.”
He added, “If we’re now to believe that all the precautionary measures that we’ve talked about, that people who are carrying the virus can transmit it despite distancing and despite masks and other precautionary measures, then we’re in a whole new ball game. I don’t think we are.”
Listen from the 2:20 mark below:
It would be a fair and valid point in a world devoid of politically motivated double standards. But sadly, this isn’t that world, and the examples are legion.
While being treated over the weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center, for instance, President Donald Trump decided to show some love to those of his supporters who were demonstrating outside the hospital to boost his strength and morale.
The plan called for him and his Secret Service agents all donning masks and then riding by the crowd of supporters while safely ensconced in a secure van.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 5, 2020
Yet immediately after the drive-by, members of the left began crying foul, complaining that the president was putting his Secret Service agents at risk.
The Secret Service literally signed up knowing the they might die taking a bullet for the president. They did not sign up to die for the president cause he wants to go for a drive.
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) October 4, 2020
If the president has COVID-19, is it safe to have his body guards/secret service staff drive around with him in a sealed car? It I had the virus I certainly would not let others be around me in a sealed room, let alone car. That doesn’t seem wise.
— Robin Spielberg (@robinspielberg) October 4, 2020
Sociopath @realDonaldTrump puts Secret Service agents at risk to drive around hospital in photo op.
— Lauren Weinstein (@laurenweinstein) October 4, 2020
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) October 5, 2020
Trump’s irresponsibility is seemingly endless.
Making his Secret Service agents drive with a COVID-19 patient, with windows up no less, put them needlessly at risk for infection.
And for what? A PR stunt.
It’s shameful. These agents already risk their lives daily. https://t.co/fyIcbJc6aR
— Zeke Emanuel (@ZekeEmanuel) October 4, 2020
But again, what happened to the “scientific” claim hammered into the American public’s mind that masks “work,” ergo why everybody must wear one or else?
The left’s conflicting standards left even American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp feeling “so confused.”
So masks don’t work? I’m so confused. https://t.co/eWuoyLxeZp
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) October 5, 2020
Wait sooo… why would the people who believe masks work be worried about the President infecting Secret Service members when he’s wearing a mask? 🤔
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) October 4, 2020
If the masks work why the concern for the Secret Service?
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) October 4, 2020
After being discharged from Walter Reed a day after the drive-by, the president issued a triumphant video statement urging the American people to not let the virus “dominate” them.
“[D]on’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines all developed recently, and you’re going to beat it,” he said.
“I went … I didn’t feel so good. And two days ago, I could have left two days ago. Two days ago, I felt great. Like, better than I have in a long time. I said just recently … better than 20 years ago. Don’t let it dominate. Don’t let it take over your lives. Don’t let that happen.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
Earlier on FNC’s “The Story” — prior to his point about the debates — Hume expressed wholehearted support for this positive mindset.
“[W]hen it comes to the disease and whether we should let it dominate our lives, I think he’s on the right track. Everything we now know about who gets this disease and how sick they get tells us that for people 65 and older, it’s quite dangerous. But even there, according to the CDC, the survival rate is almost 95 percent,” he said.
“And for every other age group it’s 99 percent and above. … For that we have this wave of shutdowns that have done such terrible damage to our economy, that doctors are warning has been very hard on people’s health, harmful to children’s mental health and so on. So there really was never a good balancing of the risks involved. The risks were all on the disease side and not on the collateral damage side.”
Writing for City Journal, Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute noted in a column over the weekend that the “lockdowns have destroyed the dreams of thousands of entrepreneurs and have put millions out of work, leaving cities like New York moribund ghost towns.”
“The school closures are consigning millions of children worldwide to stunted lives due to delayed, if not now permanently deferred, acquisition of reading, writing, and socialization skills. Children are being inculcated into a culture of fear.”
But the president, she concluded, represents the opposite of this “culture of fear” — he represents “masculine leadership at its best: upbeat, rational, and unbowed.”
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