Rand Paul unloaded on Dr. Anthony Fauci on May 12, 2020 during a Senate hearing where Senators grilled Fauci about the government’s response to the Wuhan virus.
Paul has been a major skeptic of many state governments’ handling of the pandemic. The Kentucky Senator called attention to the very uneven impact the virus has had across the nation.
Many journalists on Twitter were incensed by Paul’s remarks. Aaron Rupar of Vox covered one of Paul’s main objections to the government’s response.
Rand Paul: "In rural states we never really reached any sort of pandemic levels in Kentucky and other states … outside of New England, we've had a relatively benign course for this virus nationwide." (More than 81,000 Americans are dead.) pic.twitter.com/tQSZvU6gfx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 12, 2020
Paul also brought up points about the negative impact of keeping kids at home and preventing them from going back to school.
News anchor Melissa Francis noted this:
Great point @RandPaul says keeping kids home from school will hurt low income children the most because they are less likely to have a parent at home helping them learn. Fauci responds that his recommendations are based on health not taking into account other harm.
— Melissa Francis (@MelissaAFrancis) May 12, 2020
Paul dropped the final hammer on Fauci towards the end of his speech by saying that ““As much as I respect you Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end all. I don’t think you’re the one person who gets to make a decision.”
MUST WATCH: @RandPaul says what we all want to say to Fauci!
“As much as I respect you Dr. Fauci, I don't think you're the end all. I don't think you're the one person who gets to make a decision." pic.twitter.com/nZtxVvduZm
— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) May 12, 2020
Unlike most health experts and busybody politicians, Paul understands the overall impact of shutdowns.
The Wuhan virus does pose a threat, but it does not necessitate such a heavy-handed response from the government which cause even more harm and ruin the economic livelihoods of millions of Americans
Dr. Fauci on the other hand remains steadfast in his belief that the U.S. should not reopen quickly.
Fauci stated the following at the virtual testimony from his home in Washington:
“My concern is that if some areas, city, states, or what have you, jump over those various checkpoints, and prematurely open up without having the capability of being able to respond effectively and efficiently, my concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks.”
More and more Americans are becoming skeptical of Fauci’s approach to the pandemic. With numerous citizens across the country being subjected to unconstitutional shutdowns that infringe on civil liberties, Americans are gradually waking up to the reality that governments have not only bungled in their approach to combatting the pandemic, but they’re also taking advantage of it to advance anti-freedom policies.
Mom Drowns Her Five Kids in India’s Ganga River After Altercation with Husband
A mother of five reportedly threw her children into the Ganga river in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district early Sunday morning after an alleged altercation with her husband. The youngest child was a three-year-old boy.
The Ganga river is deep. The woman has been identified as Manju. Her children are aged 12, 10, 8, 6 and 3.
The media initially speculated that food scarcity in the subcontinent due to the coronavirus lockdown had been the driving force behind her extreme behavior. However, in a video interview with police, it was later clarified that the COVID-19 lockdown was not the cause of the drownings.
India’s NDTV reported that a police officer said: “a search for the children is on.” The officer added, “Our priority is to rescue the children as soon as possible, We will carry out other investigations later.” However, according to a local publication, the Hindustan Times, the children are believed to be dead.
According to Asian News International (ANI), the woman confessed to committing the crime and told police, “I pushed my 5 children into the Ganga river after a fight with my husband. He always beats me.”
Here is a transcript from a video posted to Twitter by the Bhadohi Police in which an officer is questioning Manju, who appears to be startled (video has been translated from Hindi to English):
Officer: Speak loudly.
Manju: I put them in the water.
Officer: Why did you do this?
Manju: Tension in my mind.
Officer: What kind of stress? Family, food, etc.?
Manju: I had some arguments and fights that caused stress.
Officer: With whom did you fight?
Manju: With my husband.
Officer: What was the issue?
Manju: He used to fight with and beat me.
Officer: How many kids do you have?
Manju: Two boys and three girls.
Officer: What time did you bring the kids to the River Ganga?
Manju: I did not see the time.
According to the Superintendent of Bhadohi Police Ram Badan Singh, reports that Manju had jumped into the water after her she threw her kids in were false. Locals who were working in fields nearby who saw the incident and heard the children’s cries reportedly rushed to try and rescue the youth, but did not succeed.
Manju is reportedly a daily wage earner and while she cited a domestic incident as triggering her behavior, countless other daily wage and migrant workers in India have been placed under tremendous financial and emotional strain over the global COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
On April 15, India’s government imposed a mandatory 21-day national lockdown. Based on the World Bank’s poverty line of $3.2 per day income for a country like India, it is likely that the bottom 50 percentile of the subcontinent’s population will run out of cash.
According to a survey by a Jan Sahas, a civil society-focused nonprofit in India, at least 93% of day laborers have so far lost their one to three weeks of livelihood amid the lockdown, with over 80% of the country’s migrant and daily-wage population facing the prospect of starvation before the lockdown comes to an end.
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