Jim Jordan spars with Fauci over COVID restrictions during House hearing

During a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday on the coronavirus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) challenged Dr. Anthony Fauci over his view of coronavirus restrictions, raising his voice and going on so long that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) finally told Jordan to “shut your mouth.”

“When do Americans get their freedom back?” Jordan barked at Fauci during the questioning. “We had 15 days to slow the spread, turned into a year of lost liberties.”

In response, Fauci said he advocates a gradual lifting of restrictions and return to normalcy “when we get the level of infection in this country low enough.”

Jordan jumped on that comment, asking Fauci to “give me a number” that he considers low enough, and Fauci said it would happen when people get vaccinated.

“We’re not talking about liberties”

“You’re indicating liberty and freedom. I look at it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to hospital,” Fauci said.

When Jordan again talked about how pandemic restrictions “trampled” on people’s First Amendment rights over the last year, Fauci responded, “We’re not talking about liberties, we’re talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans.”

Under more questioning, Fauci said he could see pulling back from restrictions when new cases dropped to about 10,000 per day.

But Jordan didn’t like that answer. “Are we going to be here two years from now, wearing masks? And I’ll be asking Dr. Fauci the same question?” he asked.

“Time expired”

Eventually, Jordan ran out of time for his questions, but tried to keep going. “I’d like my questsion answered,” he said, as subcommittee Chairman James Clyburn (D-SC) turned the microphone over to Waters.

“Time expired, sir,” Waters said to Jordan. “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth.”

The exchange revealed the extraordinary divide between Americans like Jordan who understand that America needs to hold on to its freedoms even during a pandemic, and those like Fauci, who think a pandemic is a perfect excuse for fascism and autocracy.

The left wants to give control of our society over to the Faucis of the world in the hopes that it will save them from pandemics and other dangers, but Jordan and the right understand that we are in danger of losing our liberties permanently if a pandemic or any emergency can be an excuse to force others to do what one group wants.

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  1. Jim Jordan was right with his questions. No time in our history has ANYONE in the government shut the country down due to a sickness outbreak…let alone a unelected bureaucrat who obviously has skin in the game. It has been quite obvious that he likes the limelight and the authority that he thinks he has. What he doesn’t realize is how people now despise him since he changes his mind more then a toddler.
    He has shown his true colors. I hope his bank account is seized when he is arrested for crimes against humanity!

    1. Agree! Thank you Jim Jordan! Good by Fauci leave and go away–Fauci has made enough money from our Country!

    2. What has happened to all the other sicknesses? Flue is gone so is the common cold dieing of old age is gone to, so is a bunch of other normal things that people die of, I just still believe this Covid-19 is 90% demorat control freak. I just Pray that my Grandchildren can live in a “Free” U.S.

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  3. Fauci is a farce, he lied from the get go, he said no mask or gloves were required at the beginning, so he got President Trump the wrong information, then changed it again, but he wants to give you just enough information, trys to CIRCUMVENT, the actual ansewer, he wants the numbers lower, your supposed to be the expert, my behind, more of a puppet

  4. when is congress going to understand we have openly been taken over by communist. my sister was a teacher in buffalo new york in the fifties.COMMUNIST ASKED HER TO TEACH COMMUNISM ,SHE TURNED THEM OVER TO THE FBI WHEN THE FBI WERE STILL REPRESENTING AMERICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SAME WITH ME AS PRESIDENT OF PTA . I WAS SETTING UP FOR A POLIO CLINIIC IN THE EARLY FIFTIES IN CA. WHEN AN FBI AGENT TOOK AWAY SOME BOOKS. THE RESULTS WERE TO TEACH COMMUNISM

  5. I like Rep. Jim Jordan, but I would’ve used a different tact. Instead of empowering Fauci by asking him when we could back to normal, I would’ve gone after him on routes of infection that have been debunked now, usefulness of masks if you’ve been vaccinated, unnecessary use of masks outside and after you’ve been vaccinated, why the J&J vaccine was “paused” and how other issues with medications stack up against the J&J data, what factors go into herd immunity what level is statistically meaningful, wrapping up with having him admit his little stake in the pandemic response is only one factor of consideration of the overall health of our country.

  6. Agree with all posts! Fauci is a fake! He and Gates helped create the virus, funded the lab that created it! Now he wants to be the one deciding how and when we can live our lives! He is the highest paid GOVERNMENT employee! Of course he wii keep the lies going to create more panic! He should be in prison! As far as waters goes, that grifter should be kicked out of congress!

  7. It is about time somebody ask him these questions. He has been a flip flop from the beginning. He says one thing and the next week he changes it to something else. I myself have no faith in anything the man says. He should have been fired a long time ago. Way to go Jordan.

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