John Harwood Calls Out House GOP ‘Venting’ Attacks on Fauci

CNN’s John Harwood offered a scathing review of the House Republicans’ “astonishing” performance at a House coronavirus hearing where they targeted the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Speaking Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer, Harwood ran through some of the angriest and bizarre moments of the highly contentious day on Capitol Hill.

Wolf, it was astonishing,” Harwood said summarizing the day. “The president, the last couple of months has been demonstrating over and over again he’s not up to the job of leading effectively against the coronavirus. At this hearing today, the House Republicans did their best to made the same case against themselves. With regard to a solution to the pandemic that has wrecked the economy and caused 150,000 people to lose their lives, they wanted to vent their grievances against all the people they feel are unfair to them.”

“So you had [Rep.] Jim Jordan [R] of Ohio yelling at Dr. Anthony Fauci saying racial injustice protests should to be stopped,” Harwood explained, highlighting one of the fieriest clashes of the day. “You had a member from Tennessee who was complains about media hype about mask wearing. You had a member from Missouri saying that ‘Well, mortality from coronavirus is the no worse than that or people who play football and nobody’s all upset about playing football’ and then finally you had a member from Indiana and pressing Fauci and saying ‘Aren’t the Chinese inhibiting our convenience program by hacking into researchers’ computers And Fauci said ‘No because we publish it anyway. It’s transparent, and they can read it into the New England Journal of Medicine whether they hack or not.’ And the member from Indiana said ‘Well, the people into my district believe otherwise.’ Well, that doesn’t matter because Dr. Fauci is the the one who knows what he’s talking about.”

“When you look at the fact that Senate Republicans haven’t passed a bill and [Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-SC] says half the caucus doesn’t want to pass any bill,” Harwood added. “It’s pretty clear that if that $600 unemployment benefit is the going to be extended at the federal level, if you’re going to have relief for states and local government that seen their revenues decimated by the pandemic, it’s only going to happen if Democrats are going to be able to force the Republicans to do what they don’t want to do. They got the leverage with public opinion but that doesn’t always rule the day.”

Watch the video above, via CNN.

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