GOP Sen: Shutdown Didn’t Stop the Spread, So the Economy Needs to Reopen
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the United States. Another 2,400 Americans deaths from the virus were reported on Wednesday. Despite the increase in deaths, social distancing measures and other restrictions have had a significant impact on slowing the virus’ spread.
According to Louisiana’s John Kennedy, though, the restrictive measures have not done enough to stop COVID-19. The senator told Fox News Wednesday night that the economy needs to reopen, even if that means that the virus begins to spread faster.
The lawmaker made the comments during an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show. He told the host, “I mean, here’s the way I see it. The American people are not morons. They understand what I’m about to say, and at some point, we’re going to have to trust them. Number one, very, very soon, the can is going to run out of road.”
Kennedy, whose state has been hit particularly hard by the virus continued, “We’ve got to open this economy. If we don’t, it’s going to collapse,” he warned Carlson. “If the U.S. economy collapses, the world economy collapses. And trying to burn down the village to save it is foolish. That’s a cold hard truth. Number two: Yes, we shut down, but the shutdown did not stop the spread of the virus. I wish it had. But it’s too late for that.”
The senator closed his comments, saying, “Number three: When we end the shutdown, the virus is going to spread faster. That’s just a fact. And the American people understand that.”