Kayleigh McEnany, who cited a study that said the risk of critical illness is less than the seasonal flu in children, also claimed that science is "on our side here".
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday tackled concerns about the Trump administration's call for school reopening and proved once again why she's the perfect fit for a presidency that's gotten by on senseless and baseless ramblings these past three years. The latest in a long line of press secretaries, McEnany emphasized that schools reopening this fall shouldn't depend on the science surrounding the pandemic. Despite her dramatic disavowal of the only thing that can actually get us out of this nightmare, the 32-year-old in her very next breath went on to claim that science is, in fact, "on our side here."
According to USA Today, McEnany put forth the confusing jumble of words as a response to a question about what President Donald Trump would say to those who have children in school districts that may be online-only. "The President has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open. And I was just in the Oval talking him about that. And when he says open, he means open and full. Kids being able to attend each and every day at their school. The science should not stand in the way of this," she said, reports The New York Times.
"And as Dr. Scott Atlas said—I thought this was a good quote—'Of course, we can do it. Everyone else in the Western world, our peer nations, are doing it. We are the outlier here,'" she continued, quoting former Stanford Neuroradiology Chief Dr. Scott Atlas from when he appeared on Fox News to call the debate around reopening schools "hysteria." McEnany went on to cite a study that said the risk of critical illness is less than the seasonal flu in children. "The science is very clear on this, that, for instance, you look at the JAMA pediatric study of 46 pediatric hospitals in North America," she stated.
Today, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that schools reopening shouldn't be contingent on the science surrounding coronavirus.— Senator McCollister (@SenMcCollister) July 17, 2020
"The science should not stand in the way of this.”
What the hell happened to the Republican Party? This is embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/GBRClZygL2
"That said the risk of critical illness from Covid is far less for children than that of seasonal flu. The science is on our side here. And we encourage for localities and states to just simply follow the science — open our schools. It’s very damaging to our children. There is a lack of reporting of abuse, there’s mental depressions that are not addressed, suicidal ideations that are not addressed when students are not in school. Our schools are extremely important. They’re essential and they must reopen," McEnany concluded.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on school reopenings:— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 16, 2020
"The science should not stand in the way of this.” pic.twitter.com/w6H9DM0uTV
As impressive as her deliverance of that speech was, people weren't too happy about the whole "science should not stand in the way of this" part. The science is the only thing standing between us & possible death or chronic, lifetime health issues. How is it even possible for people who think this way to be holding our children’s lives in their hands? They need to go. Now, not in November, not in January. Now, tweeted @SparksMom53. Twitter user @kmrosen22 agreed, directing their ire at the press secretary with a tweet that reads: Are you sending your kid to public school? Probably not, am I correct? Then stop telling everyone else to send their children into a petri dish of COVID19!
I have been re-reading "1984." There is so much more in it than most of us remember. In regard to this, Orwell explains one trend that led to his dystopia: "Science, in the old sense has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science.'"— Sunny Armer (@wowwgran) July 16, 2020
Ahem....Pooh to Kayleigh (aka, Propaganda Barbie)👇 pic.twitter.com/wiHEFRVFoC— Yellowdog for Biden (@TNYellowDog) July 16, 2020
How long before we hear Propaganda Barbie utter the final decree: "His Stable Geniusity, Protector of the Union, Supreme Arch-Leader Trump's authority shall not be questioned. His infallible word is forever truth and law. All shall bend the knee and obey his benevolent command."— Paul Shaw (@pavlvsx) July 16, 2020
JB "Shut it Down" explained what's fundamentally wrong with McEnany's statement, writing: That’s like saying we don’t want breakfast to stand in the way. Science does not stand in the way of anything. Science is a tool. It’s a resource, information, knowledge, wisdom. That’s what science is. I believe we need science to live our lives to the fullest. Meanwhile, Trump Pf The Day quoted American writer Isaac Asimov, who was a professor of biochemistry at Boston University: The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Science should not stand in the way of this??? So we should just ignore gravity, wind, medicine, cell phones because they are all science based in one way or another. COVID is real and science is our only chance at beating this disease. The US government is run by incompetents.— CAR (@RoeselerC) July 16, 2020
I want her to fly directly into the sun. Science should not stand in the way of this.— Antifa Face Painter Michael (@Merv515) July 16, 2020