Louisiana Senator John Kennedy had some harsh words on Tucker Carlson Wednesday night.
“We’ve got to open this economy,” Sen. John Kennedy the Louisiana Republican told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “If we don’t, it’s going to collapse. And if the U.S. economy collapses, the world economy collapses.” “Trying to burn down the village to save it is foolish. That’s a cold, hard truth,” he said.
“The restrictive measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus are not worth the risk of economic collapse, even if that means more people become infected,” Kennedy added. Kennedy also said, “the shutdown failed to stop the spread of the virus and only slowed its spread at “enormous cost.”
“When we end the shutdown, the virus is going to spread faster,” Kennedy acknowledged. “That’s just a fact. And the American people understand that.” And he also said that if someone who thinks the economy can remain shut down until there are no more coronavirus cases “probably still believes in Bigfoot.”
“The data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases. Hopefully, that will continue,” Trump said at White House briefing on Wednesday. “These encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for states on reopening the country.”
“If we continue to keep the economy shut down for weeks and months, there are going to be enormous public health harms from that,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Wednesday, echoing a concern voiced by Trump.
Both Cruz and Kennedy stressed the need for increased testing for the virus, which experts agree is required to allow people to safely return to work and to keep other preventive measures in place.
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