The nation‚Äôs governors, most of whom said their decisions on the lifting of statewide stay-at-home orders would be guided by science, are now out participating in marches. New York City Bill de Blasio, who was booed off the stage Thursday at a vigil for George Floyd, has explained that the massive protests are OK because 400 years of racism in America is not the same thing as wanting to reopen your hair salon or go to church.
As Twitchy reported Wednesday, NPR featured a letter signed by dozens of health and public disease experts explaining that ‚Äúwhite supremacy is a lethal public health issue‚ÄĚ that needs to be dealt with as well as the coronavirus. Now the former director of the Centers for Disease Control has weighed in, explaining that the risk of spreading COVID-19 at outdoor protests is tiny, compared to ‚Ä¶ you know the thing.
The threat to Covid control from protesting outside is tiny compared to the threat to Covid control created when governments act in ways that lose community trust. People can protest peacefully AND work together to stop Covid. Violence harms public health.
‚ÄĒ Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden) June 2, 2020
So much science!
Former CDC head just sciencing like a mofo https://t.co/rEoGGACS8Y
‚ÄĒ Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 4, 2020
"Community trust"? Reversing yourself dramatically and publicly on such a key issue of our containment strategy has utterly destroyed what was left of confidence in public health professionals and our ability to manage this pandemic. Hope all those deaths were worth it!
‚ÄĒ Dylan Skola (@DylanSkola) June 3, 2020
Armed whites protested in groups by the hundreds unmasked for weeks and no one was concerned- they shrugged but have BLM protest and suddenly you‚Äôre all ‚Äúoh no they‚Äôre spreading Covid 19!‚ÄĚ Hypocrisy.
‚ÄĒ Dr. Linzy Brekke-Aloise (@lbaloise) June 2, 2020
There is so, so much wrong with that tweet ‚Ä¶ especially the claim that ‚Äúno one was concerned‚ÄĚ about the ‚Äúdomestic terrorists‚ÄĚ who ‚Äústormed‚ÄĚ the state capitol in Michigan. Yeah, we barely heard about that ‚Ä¶ no wait, it‚Äôs all we‚Äôre hearing about now as people try to make some sort of weak comparison to the looting and riots that ravaged Minnesota.
By this logic, however, we didn't need to shut down society to the degree we did in March. Mask-wearing and mutual courtesy would've been enough.
This is dangerous mixed messaging.
‚ÄĒ Jeremy Wilcox (@jwilcox79) June 2, 2020
I have been supportive through all this for months. I‚Äôm starting to believe we‚Äôve been deceived. That we destroyed the economy and lives for NOTHING. When government punished people for holding a funeral but lets thousands of people roam and destroy at will, it doesn‚Äôt add up.
‚ÄĒ Cooper's mom (@rwgranny) June 2, 2020
Amazing how many people are getting this wrong.
Dr Frieden is saying that public health is only as strong as the public‚Äôs trust in their government. A government that brutalizes the public cannot also effectively protect the public‚Äôs health.
‚ÄĒ Amnesiac (@amnesiac85) June 2, 2020
I don't know if you noticed, but a bunch of us didn't trust the government before last week. We got endless vitriol and insults for it.
‚ÄĒ CaptainEli (@MaineEli) June 4, 2020
So large groups can gather closely as long as they are gathering for the ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ reasons. This is just more contradictory crap we are being fed by the supposed leaders of the country. It‚Äôs no wonder the public trust has eroded to nothing.
‚ÄĒ Moops2ÔłŹ‚É£0ÔłŹ‚É£.5ÔłŹ‚É£?? (@moops20point5) June 2, 2020
This tweet makes me lose trust in our health authorities. I‚Äôve followed guidance to the T. Family has kept mostly isolated ‚Äď but now I find out it‚Äôs all good to do whatever the hell we want. Cool, thanks.
‚ÄĒ Platypus (@Bcald454) June 2, 2020
Hey thanks! I will put this with the pile of other hypocrites who base their medical opinions on a specific agenda. Very cool. They are piling up though, so we may need to get a bigger boat.
‚ÄĒ Ben Dowd (@thebedshow) June 4, 2020
Job loss and lockdowns also harm public health.
‚ÄĒ It is what it is (@TeresaA123) June 4, 2020
I watched as our economy was dismantled and our churches closed believing it was to keep us safe. Now watching the riots and not hearing the same concerns, I see clearly what‚Äôs happening.
‚ÄĒ love316 (@love31611) June 2, 2020
Then why can't we go to the beach??
‚ÄĒ M (@M8Octopus8) June 4, 2020
Great. This means we can get baseball back with all the seats filled. Thanks Dr.
‚ÄĒ J2B (@JRBallman) June 4, 2020
Lockdown over. Thank you!
‚ÄĒ Michael Steven (@cashpiano) June 4, 2020
Is it tiny when protesters not wearing masks get right up In the faces of the police and law enforcement and scream at them? Seems that‚Äôs would produce a lot of droplets‚Ä¶ is that true or not?
‚ÄĒ Dliebs45 (@dliebs45) June 3, 2020
‚ÄĒ Jubal E. Harshaw (@alimhaider) June 4, 2020
Sit this one out chief.
‚ÄĒ Lesa Carroll (@Absolut_Boston) June 4, 2020
Stuff it, Doctor.
‚ÄĒ WKRP in Cincinnatus (@WC_Fox) June 4, 2020
Clown alert ?
‚ÄĒ Joe ‚ÄúFingerblast‚ÄĚ Biden ?????? (@kendrap39364828) June 4, 2020
‚ÄĒ Antoninus (@LoneStarTexian) June 4, 2020
‚ÄĒ chad stenzel (@realchadstenzel) June 4, 2020
Yes! Give us all the science
‚ÄĒ sambucachilled (@mklrooney) June 4, 2020
Sounds like the virus is a viewpoint discriminator.
‚ÄĒ CallMeAl (@CallMeAl10) June 4, 2020
Was this also true of the lockdown protests or no?
‚ÄĒ Mark Lambert (@mlambert890) June 3, 2020
During the shutdown, people were making the argument that the unprecedented negative economic impact created its own health concerns. Did you accept or reject that argument? If you rejected, how is this argument you make now not completely hypocritical?
‚ÄĒ MWZH (liberate china) (@MWZH1) June 3, 2020
Congratulations! You just sacrificed all credibility for woke points
‚ÄĒ Dred (@Dred_44) June 4, 2020
We‚Äôre so confused. They let prisoners out of jail because it was a breeding ground for coronavirus, but then they arrested a woman who opened her hair salon and put her in jail. Then they arrested a bunch of rioters and the local prosecutor let every one of them go free to go back to what they were doing. But Bill de Blasio will still have you arrested if you try to have a funeral or teach classes (and you‚Äôre Jewish).
This virus is weird.
Area Expert‚ĄĘ Tom Nichols NOW lecturing George Floyd protesters about COVID and just guess how THAT goes over https://t.co/kWrsxvWJEe
‚ÄĒ Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 4, 2020