People vote for politicians to make policy decisions in the places that they live. People go to the doctor to stay safe and healthy. But thanks to frequent misinformation from the GOP and its media arm, many are now trusting their elected officials more for health advice than their own doctors.
During a recent school event in Tennessee, doctors explained the benefits of COVID mitigation efforts in school. Following the event, they were chased, taunted and threatened by anti-mask attendees. One of those doctors, Britt Maxwell, explained the situation this morning on CNN’s New Day.
Maxwell told CNN’s John Berman, “The energy in that room was hot, and I knew that things were going to get a lot worse. My wife was there, she’s a medical professional too, so we decided we need to go during the recess. Before we walked out, we had to brace ourselves. I took my wife’s arm and I said ‘Just remember, no matter what they say, these are the lives we’re trying to save.'”
The doctor continued, “I was approached and someone put their hand in my face and called me a traitor. I don’t see how anyone can say that when I’ve been on the frontlines of this pandemic since the beginning, treating patients in rooms, unvaccinated for the vast majority of it, hoping I wouldn’t take it home to my family.”
Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of CNN:
Dr. Britt Maxwell describes being called a traitor after he advocated for a mask mandate at a Tennessee school board meeting.
“I’ve been on the frontlines of this pandemic … hoping I wouldn’t take it home,” he said. “For someone to say that is mind blowing.” pic.twitter.com/ZrykbMNk55
— New Day (@NewDay) August 12, 2021
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.