MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle calls on NJ gov to ‘actually punish these people’ after she and kids get Covid

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A very “scared” MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle announced on Monday that she and her family had contracted COVID-19, begging people to take the coronavirus seriously — Ruhle has three children, who are 14, 11 and 7.

Losing all perspective as a journalist, Rhule would also call for authorities to “punish” people who fail to adhere to coronavirus restrictions.

 

“After testing positive for COVID-19, I have spent the better part of the last two weeks in bed isolating and taking all the precautions needed to protect myself, my family and my community,” Ruhle said. “My husband and my kids, they have it, too. We still don’t know how we got it, but we’re getting better, and we are very, very lucky.”

I am grateful to be back and on the mend and broadcasting safely from home where I’m still isolating until I know for sure that I am no longer contagious and positive,” she continued. “But that is not the case for the families of the 283,000 Americans who have died. More than 2,000 of them died just yesterday.”

 

Citing her experience, Ruhl issued an emotional appeal to people.

“I’ll tell you, there’s so much more that I now know after having Covid myself,” she explained. “Most importantly, we don’t have a vaccine today. We have a virus that is ravaging our country, and we need to do a whole lot more to stop it. And as a person who is sick and scared I am begging you, please take this seriously. It is not over.”

In an NBC News op-ed, Ruhle used the fact that she had contracted the Chinese virus to make a political statement about “privilege” — we can only assume she’s referring to her vast wealth, not her skin color.

“Covid-19, of course, doesn’t care whether you are rich, poor, Black, white, young or old,” she wrote. “It doesn’t care whether you’re about to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or your birthday. We’re told to do the right thing but not fully how or why. And what I have learned is that the “right thing” gets easier the more privileged you are.”

In a segment featuring the New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy — Ruhle lives in the state — she went after Republicans who “held a gala here,” naming Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who Murphy recently called a “putz,” telling the GOP lawmaker he was not welcome in  New Jersey.

“You called out Congressman Matt Gaetz,” she said. “But here’s the thing, Matt Gaetz doesn’t care. He doesn’t care that you called him a putz, he doesn’t care that you don’t want him in New Jersey. He loves this national news.”

“But now those people who broke the rules could be spreading this virus and killing people across our state,” Ruhle ranted on. “You are the one who makes the rules. Do you need to put more restrictions in place and actually punish these people?”

 

After a long word salad, the governor said the incident is “under investigation,” and then ripped into Gaetz.

“All he craves is national attention as you rightfully point out,” he agreed. “He doesn’t care about people getting infected or people getting hospitalized or, God forbid, people dying from this.”

“It’s the height of irresponsibility, but the answer is, yes … it’s under investigation and I’m not happy,” Murphy said.

Not satisfied, Ruhle pressed about there being “more punitive consequences” to force people to adhere to pandemic restrictions.

“In your rules you’re urging people who come into New Jersey from out of town to quarantine,” she said, noting that it’s an honor system. “Matt Gaetz didn’t follow it. Do you need to do something more than an honor system? Lives are at risk.”

Murphy suggested it may be “impossible,” before going off on a troubling rant about private living rooms, saying “that to me is where our biggest challenge is, that’s where the pandemic fatigue is at its height.”

He then pleaded with people to “do the right thing when you are in your own home.”

Tom Tillison

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