Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) lashed out at acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf this Tuesday when he couldn’t answer some basic questions about the potential for a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
“How many [cases of coronavirus in the United States] are you anticipating?” Kennedy asked Wolf during a Senate hearing.
“We’re working with [Health and Human Services] to determine that,” Wolf replied.
“How many are you anticipating?” Kennedy asked again.
“We do anticipate the number will grow, I don’t have an exact figure for you,” he replied.
“Is someone modeling that, do you have any way of guessing?” Kennedy asked.
DHS Secretary Chad Wolf claims the mortality rate for coronavirus is similar to the flu, both at about 2%. Senator… https://t.co/OVjmgkyRJb— Matt Novak (@Matt Novak)1582658626.0
As video of the tense exchange made its way around Twitter, some found themselves wondering how things got to this point:
Chad Wolf is what you get when cabinet members are selected because the president likes how they present on Fox News https://t.co/MgqQtqfmSS— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1582660040.0
Chad Wolf looks like he always wanted to be on daytime television, but never imagined it’d be CSPAN. “Think Chad! H… https://t.co/SEqMVsZNR9— francesca fiorentini (@francesca fiorentini)1582648428.0
This buff, handsome DHS secretary who just overstated the fatality of common flu by 20x, is called Chad Wolf. Cha… https://t.co/znUuwqxSwh— Séamas It Ever Was (@Séamas It Ever Was)1582661322.0
@joshtpm This is the kind of comment that could cause a panic in a country that wasn't as scientifically illiterate… https://t.co/Y894bjY9yU— John Smith (@John Smith)1582658343.0
somehow it was always going to come down to all of us being killed by someone named chad wolf https://t.co/JXGjY9jZG5— Steve Kandell (@Steve Kandell)1582661617.0
Chad Wolf sounds, looks and talks like an incel forum’s imaginary vision of a homeland security chief https://t.co/zMWqeC2iyA— Jeff Yang (@Jeff Yang)1582660266.0
@owillis @SenJohnKennedy This is what you get @SenJohnKennedy. When you support a man in the Oval who knows nothing… https://t.co/gONHGbxhzJ— Erika Lechuga DiSalvo (@Erika Lechuga DiSalvo)1582647553.0
@olikolokolo @owillis @SenJohnKennedy Shocked, I am, shocked that the loyalists that Trump put in place are not up… https://t.co/iJ7H6Hoy1Y— Julie Charles, MBA, PsyD(c) (@Julie Charles, MBA, PsyD(c))1582648345.0