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Fox News’ Jesse Watters tried to see the “silver lining” amid the multitude of Thanksgiving restrictions being imposed by various states across the nation.
The co-host of “The Five” presented his take on how family dynamics around the holiday table will be decidedly different this year as a recent surge in coronavirus cases has prompted many state and city officials to enact more stringent lockdown orders and restrictive measures to combat the spread of the virus.
“There is a silver lining to these restrictions around Thanksgiving which is there is more juicy family gossip going around,” Watters told his co-hosts Monday.
“Families are silently judging other family members for how they are behaving during the pandemic,” he added as he outlined the five different kinds of families that will likely be gathering for the holiday.
(Source: Fox News)
“You have one family that are chock full of the 20-somethings, and these people are high-risk,” Watters said, prompting laughter from his Fox News co-hosts. “They’re like out at the beach, they are at the bars, you know they are coming in and they’re gonna get everybody sick.”
“You don’t really want them to come, but it’s hard to tell them not to come,” he added. “If they do come, you put them at the kids’ table, even though they are 26. If anybody does get sick, you blame that family member.”
Watters designated a second type of family as the one wanting “credit” for visiting.
“They will jump through all these hoops to get there. They’ve been quarantining for two weeks, they’ve got extensive tests done and they want everybody in the family to know that they will stop at nothing to get there,” he said. “You respect the fact that they get tested, but you kind of roll your eyes at their theatrics.”
On the other end of the spectrum is the type of family just looking for an excuse to opt out of gathering.
“These are the people that don’t follow guidelines anyway but now all of a sudden they have to follow these guidelines. Sure,” Watters said, adding that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s warnings have given them “an out” and they are “pleasantly taking” it.
“That’s fine. You didn’t want to be there in the first place,” he said.
The next type includes elderly relatives who are at risk for COVID-19 because of comorbidities.
“The people that have a lot of underlying conditions but you don’t really want to tell them to their face that they have these conditions, like the aunt that chain-smokes … the uncle that’s obese and has a bad ticker. Everybody is saying Uncle Joe probably shouldn’t come, but they don’t have the courage to say it to their face,” Watters continued as his colleagues laughed.
“Then there is the liberal family. The liberal family is not going anywhere, you have to go to them,” he explained.
“But if you go to them, you can’t fly. You have to drive. You have to get tested, you have to get temperature checked before you enter. You have to wear masks and you have to social distance at the table,” Watters expounded. “And if you raise any objections to these preconditions, you are judged as a ‘superspreader’.”
Co-host Dana Perino noted that many of the orders being implemented or expanded in states ahead of the Thanksgiving are not really laws at all.
“They are the government saying, this is what we want you to do. But there is no law behind it,” she said.
Fox Business Network’s Dagen McDowell called out the decisions as “arbitrary ” and made “by politicians who are plagued with arrogance-induced idiocy.”
“There’s no rhyme or reason,” she said, citing the announcement in Pennsylvania Monday that there will be a one-night ban on the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants.
Pa Gov sticks it to bar and restaurant owners again with alcohol ban, calls on police to enforce new restrictions https://t.co/KfmcHHqUt6
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 24, 2020
“All of the restaurants and bar owners are waking up to the fact these politicians have zero idea what they are doing and they make it worse because they are so condescending and sanctimonious about those very decisions,” McDowell said.
“Out in Los Angeles in L.A. County, they are shutting down restaurants, the restaurant owners are like, wait a minute. We’ve installed thousands of dollars of this protective equipment and now we can’t operate at all?” she added.
“The American people, regular folks, understand how to do a risk reward analysis, cost-benefit analysis. They actually know these lockdowns are hurting our livelihoods, our mental health, they’re increasing drug and alcohol abuse and the politicians can’t see that,” McDowell asserted.
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