U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) played to the cameras Friday morning as he bullied, belittled, and attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci during a House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee hearing on the coronavirus crisis.
Jordan tried to politicize the immunologist and public health official’s testimony – and tried to get Fauci, who has served for decades as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to say that the federal government should shut down the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests under the guise of combatting the pandemic.
“Do protests increase the spread of the virus?” Jordan pointedly asked.
Fauci repeated the question, offering to “make a general statement,” but Jordan immediately interrupted him after the doctor had spoken just 15 words.
“Half a million protestors on June 6 alone,” Jordan declared.
“Crowding particularly when you’re not wearing a mask contributes to the spread of the virus,” Fauci replied.
“Should we limit the protesting?” Jordan pressed.
Stunned, Fauci responded.
“I’m not sure – how do you mean? Should we limit the protesting?”
Jordan, insisting a public health official weigh in on a specific event and a specific legal issue, shot back with a terse and angry answer: “Should government limit the protesting?”
This is a question not for Fauci but for legal experts. Jordan could have asked the question another way, say, “Should the government limit outside events of more than 500 people?” But he didn’t want an answer, he wanted the television footage.
The attack went on for at least two minutes. Ultimately Chairman James Clyburn was forced to intervene.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 31, 2020
Many on social media were furious – and only too happy to remind Americans that allegations by numerous of his former college wrestlers have never been resolved.
JIM JORDAN: Dr. Fauci, do you believe wrestlers should be molested. Hey who put this question in here.
FAUCI: No. They shouldn’t. And if you see that happen you should say something.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) July 31, 2020
If only Gym Jordan cared as much about young boys being sexually assaulted on his watch as he does about people exercising their First Amendment rights.
— Matt Rogers 🎙️ (@Politidope) July 31, 2020
Some focused on the holes in Jordan’s line of attack:
He forgot to mention Trumps rallies no masks and pence’s campaign rallies no mask or distancing Dr. Fachi should have reminded him that they have urged masks but yet Jordon so concerned about rallies refuses to wear one &has probably been a spreader to more than the protests
— Justamom1 (@Justamom110) July 31, 2020
Maybe ask about Trump rallies that have actually killed a former presidential candidate?
— Ziggy Stardust (@ZiggyTheNazz) July 31, 2020
Why is it Fauci’s role to say whether or not the government should forcibly stop civil rights protests? Do you even know wha Fauci’s job is?
— Thomas 🐊 (@thomas_k_r) July 31, 2020
And the Democrats are missing the critical point. This virus spreads more easily and more readily when people are inside than when they are outside. He is complaining about protests which are outside while everything he wants to be opened is inside
— njevancik (@nevancik1) July 31, 2020
Some just shared their feelings about the extremely polarizing Congressman:
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 31, 2020
150K deaths, and this is where the energy is going right now instead of trying to make some kind of fix. Unbelievable.
— Shaurya Chawla (@_ShauryaChawla) July 31, 2020
Gym Jordan is a loudmouthed bully who defends Trump no matter what. He’s from a gerrymandered district in Ohio and unfortunately he’ll be very tough to unseat.
— Barbara Witsaman (@barwits) July 31, 2020
Jim Jordan is not great at this https://t.co/1mUPhCBkfn
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) July 31, 2020
I just hate seeing Jim Jordan be disrespectful to James Clyburn. I’ve never wrestled before. But I would wrestle Jim Jordan right this second. Pin his fucking ass right to that podium. He’s a wrestler but he’s about the size of my Dak Prescott bobble head.
— Jason Overstreet (@JasonOverstreet) July 31, 2020
You, @Jim_Jordan, are an arrogant, reprehensible creature. Like every other bully I’ve met in my life.
— 🌊🇨🇦BlueCanadian🇨🇦🌊 (@AngryCanuck70) July 31, 2020
Jim Jordan is what’s wrong with America.
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) July 31, 2020
Fauci basically told Jim Jordan to Fuck off
— José (@yoruguaenusa) July 31, 2020