Birx backtracks, makes excuses for hypocritical post-Thanksgiving trip during pandemic
Dr. Deborah Birx, who is one of the White House’s top coronavirus experts, is now backtracking and making excuses after getting nailed Monday for traveling to a vacation property in Delaware the day after Thanksgiving. The AP broke the story over what appears to be obvious hypocrisy on Birx’s part. She told Americans to stay home for the holidays and limit family during that time. Birx allegedly visited with three generations of her family from two households. Birx, her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law, and two young grandchildren were present.
“Like many Americans, I am the sole caregiver for my parents,” she said in a statement to Fox News. “They live with me in my immediate household in Potomac, where my daughter and her family reside as well. We are all supporting each other and providing for each other during this difficult time.”
Birx continued: “We did not hold the usual Thanksgiving dinner we have every year which includes 30-40 members of my extended family. In fact, I did not hold a Thanksgiving celebration whatsoever this year. My trip to Delaware after the Thanksgiving holiday solely focused on preparing the property for a potential sale. Members of my immediate household assisted in that as well.”
“As some members of my immediate family could be at risk for COVID-19, I am extremely vigilant in taking all precautions to protect them. I self-isolate, I wear a mask, and I get tested when I interact with them. My family and I follow and practice CDC guidelines, and I encourage all Americans, especially those in situations similar to mine, to do the same.”
Birx joins a long list of high-profile leaders who mandate one thing and do another when it comes to the pandemic. They blatantly flout their own guidelines and then make excuses for doing so.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has become infamous for his attending a dinner party at an upscale French restaurant on Nov. 6. “While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” he said. But it was worse than that. No one wore masks, there were a dozen people there, and no social distancing was observed in an enclosed room. All of that violates what Newsom has mandated in the state.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo also got caught attending Thanksgiving at his parent’s house. “I understand my obligation as a public official to provide exemplary compliance with the public health orders, and certainly not to ignore them,” Liccardo said. “I commit to do better.”
In August, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak took heat when he was videotaped dining at Pizzeria Monzu feet from a singer and three-piece band in what some took as a violation of a ban on live entertainment and performances. Sisolak maintained that the ban did not apply to ambient background music.
And of course, there is Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, who says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month. Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation. At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19. “We need to stay home if you can. This is not the time to relax,” he said.
These are just four examples of numerous leaders who have done this now… who are showing complete disdain for the American people. Birx is just the latest public official caught violating her own advice. Rules for thee, but not for me while Americans are not allowed to see loved ones in the hospital, are losing their businesses and all they own and are being mandated to cancel the holidays and put their lives on indefinite hold.