Mike Pence Schools CBS Reporter
During Friday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing with Vice President Mike Pence, CBS White House correspondent Paula Reed said that the Pence and the Trump administration, by holding rallies, did exactly the opposite of what they were telling everyone else to do, and asked how these rallies wouldn’t contribute to the spread of the virus.
Reed said, “On the campaign, it really does sound though like you’re saying ‘Do as we say, not as we do.’ You’re telling people to listen to local officials, but in Tulsa, you defied local health officials to have an event that, even though you say didn’t result in a spike, dozens of Secret Service agents, dozen of campaign staffers are now quarantined after positive tests.”
Pence responded that the constitution doesn’t allow a health crisis to trample on the peoples’ rights, and pointed out that Americans should, no matter what, do their best to continue life as normally as possible, saying:
“I want to remind you again that the freedom of speech and the right to peacefully assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. Even in a health crisis, the American people don’t forfeit our constitutional rights.
“[I]t’s so important that we recognize, as we issued guidance to reopen America, now two months ago, and as all 50 states are opening up the country, people are going back to work,” he said. “American everyday life is being restored one step, one day at a time. I think it’s important that we remind ourselves this is not a choice between the health of the American people and a strong economy.
“People need to be back to work. And so, our objective here today is to make sure the American people know in 34 states the cases are largely stable and there’s no combination of rising cases and rising positivity rates,” he said. “That’s a tribute to the American people.”
Just remember that the people who whine about gatherings at rallies seem to have no problem with even closer gathering at riots. Because the virus apparently supports anything the Left wants it to.