Birx slammed after celebrating Thanksgiving at vacation property with family
Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, joins a long list of liberals and other health officials who have flouted their own warnings concerning the coronavirus. She warned prior to Thanksgiving that Americans should limit their gatherings to their “immediate households” due to the troubling spike in cases. She then allegedly proceeded to travel to Delaware to enjoy the holiday with her family.
Thanksgiving was feared to be a super-spreader event because so many relatives would potentially gather around the table. But Birx ignored her own guidelines for the holiday.
The day after Thanksgiving, Birx traveled to a vacation property off Delaware with three generations in her family from two households. Kathleen Flynn, whose brother is married to Birx’s daughter who lives in the family’s Potomac house, told the AP that she came forward over Birx’s travels out of concern for her own parents, and acknowledged family friction over the matter.
“She cavalierly violated her own guidance,” Flynn said of Birx.
The group — which included her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law, and two young grandchildren — were from two separate households.
According to federal guidelines, Birx’s role makes her an “essential worker.” Her position requires her to travel across the country, and she has visited 43 states. She also maintains an office at the White House, where several COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred.
Birx has stated that she keeps herself and her family safe through isolating, mask-wearing, and regular testing.
Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security, firmly believes that Birx’s actions “disqualifies” her from any future government health positions. “It’s a terrible message for someone in public health to be sending to the American people,” she stated.
Birx now joins the likes of Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was seen inside a lavish restaurant, The French Laundry, after telling citizens in California to avoid socializing. Everyone in attendance was maskless. There were a dozen people there and none of them social distanced themselves either.
Fox News’ “The Next Revolution” host Steve Hilton ripped Birx on Twitter.
“Yet another elitist Lockdown Hypocrite,” he posted. “How DARE these people continue with their cruel, stupid, counter-productive lockdown rules when THEY don’t obey them. We are absolutely sick of the lot of you.”
The U.S. recorded 249,709 new cases on Saturday and an additional 2,814 reported deaths, which brings the U.S. death toll to above 313,000. California has been at the heart of the pandemic. There are currently about 17,000 people hospitalized in the state.
Birx acknowledged that she traveled to the property but declined to be interviewed.
She claimed that she did not go to Delaware to celebrate Thanksgiving and everyone who was there is in her “immediate household.” She also said that her Potomac home is a “3 generation household (formerly 4 generations). She said she was there to winterize the property before a potential sale.
Birx had urged people in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to keep gatherings to “your immediate household.”
“I don’t like it to be any number,” Birx said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“Because you know, if you say it can be 10, and it’s eight people from four different families, then that probably is not the same degree of safe as 10 people from your immediate household.”
Birx stated that every American is obligated to make sacrifices to stop the spread of the virus.
“I’m making the personal sacrifices not to infect my parents and my pregnant daughter, and there’s a lot of people out there who know how to protect one another, and we just need to make sure we’re all doing that,” Birx said at the time.
Those claims are now seen as hypocritical by many Americans.