On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner laid into Ronny Jackson, the retired rear admiral and White House physician who is currently running for Congress, after he claimed that wearing a mask is a “personal choice” and he doesn’t do it “all that often.”
“He’s a doctor. He was responsible for the health of the president,” said anchor Erin Burnett. “What do you say to that, that he doesn’t wear masks all that often, to be honest?”
“How disgraceful,” said Reiner. “He’s running for the 13th congressional seat in Texas. Texas is a state that had twice the number of coronavirus cases today as the entire European Union, and he doesn’t want to tell people they have to wear a mask.”
Jackson’s partisan behavior was nothing new, noted Reiner. “He told the president his genes were so great he could live to be 200. In May of this year, he called his former commander in chief, the man who promoted him to flag rank, a Deep State traitor. Now, he perpetuates a myth that will lead to death.”
“By telling people they don’t have to wear a mask, he is telling them it’s not so bad, you don’t need to protect your neighbor,” added Reiner. “And this is in a state where the virus has run away. A disgraceful performance from a former physician.”
‘I could have died’: Arizona Trump voters beg friends to take COVID seriously after getting hospitalized
A pair of Arizona residents who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 are now imploring their friends to not make the same mistake they did when they refused to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
In an interview with CNN, Debi and Michael Patterson told reporter Omar Jimenez that they laughed off public health recommendations about protecting themselves against the disease.
"It was almost like a joke in our group of friends," Debi Patterson explained.
"Did you wear a mask?" Jimenez asked.
"Nope," she replied.
"Did you hang out with your friends as normal?" he asked, to which she nodded her head.
‘Incredible baby’ Trump shredded by CNN host for attacks on the late John Lewis
President Donald Trump's interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan was still making waves on Tuesday morning, and CNN political director David Chalian called out the president for continuing to attack the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) less than one month after his passing.
During the interview, Swan asked Trump what he believed Lewis's legacy would be, and the president ranted about the civil rights icon refusing to attend his inauguration in 2017.
"I don't know John Lewis," Trump said. "He chose not to come to my inauguration."
‘It’s not a both sides thing’: CNN host battles Trump aide over hydroxychloroquine misinformation
CNN host Jim Sciutto took on White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday about his evangelism of the drug hydroxychloroquine.
During an interview with Navarro, Sciutto noted that Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Brett Giroir had recently said that there is no benefit in taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19.
"Given your past public support for it," Sciutto said, "is it time for the administration to focus on proven treatments for COVID rather than one that has not been proven?"