Jim Jordan speaks at House Judiciary Committee hearing (MSNBC/screen grab)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) went down in flames Tuesday after claiming that the Founding Fathers wouldn't have approved restrictions, lockdowns and mask orders to protect against the COVID-19 crisis. Historians had another take.
Tweeting their responses, historians recalled the Smallpox outbreak that prompted the exact same precautions taken the year of America's birth.
In July of 1776 the entire of city of Boston was closed so they could safely inoculate for smallpox. It lasted mont… https://t.co/K87J0dkopK— Andrew Wehrman (@Andrew Wehrman) 1609256996.0
4/ Fourth: "The Founders" would understand -- profoundly -- the risk inherent in epidemics. The didn't fully un… https://t.co/KElTHSvVxg— Dr. Joanne Freeman (@Dr. Joanne Freeman) 1609267645.0
There was a massive smallpox epidemic during the American Revolution. George Washington quarantined the infected,… https://t.co/xemkceoyOa— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1609267648.0
Jordan, who earned his master's degree in education at Ohio State University appears to have ignored the education he could have garnered by googling "pandemics" during the early years of the United States.
See some of the other comments at Jordan below:
Since you asked, here is what John Adams said about “the common good", which the founding fathers felt strongly about: pic.twitter.com/xa37ezFDJ1
— Trixie Belle (@trixiebelle47) December 29, 2020
You'd be in prison right now—if you were lucky.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) December 29, 2020
The Founding Fathers would say "what took you so long; you could have controlled this pandemic if you would have stayed home months ago!"
— Carbon Monoxide 🏄♂️ (@CarbonMonoxid17) December 29, 2020
@HeatherR411 @Jim_Jordan Our founding fathers would say how the hell did @Jim_Jordan get elected to Congress. What… https://t.co/dmitWoartU— Dolores NJ (@Dolores NJ) 1609256864.0
The Founding Fathers would throw you in jail for ignoring sexual abuse, @Jim_Jordan. https://t.co/Qp7pEV2QJ0— Kimberley Johnson (@Kimberley Johnson) 1609254742.0
@AngelaBelcamino @Jim_Jordan I don't think the Founding Fathers would say anything. Think they would just hang him… https://t.co/mYggmBDT59— Mecha Otaku (@Mecha Otaku) 1609261516.0