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RUSH: If we would have done what 15 other nations have done — maybe 10, I’m not sure — we’d simply ban flights from Ebola-stricken countries. Until you figure it out, just ban the flights from those countries. Fifteen, 10, whatever, other nations have done that. Philippines, Canada. Any number of nations have done it! We haven’t. Because we may be responsible.

So here’s Frieden of the CDC last night on Fox with Megyn Kelly. You can almost call this what it sounds like: When common sense confronts liberalism. Her first question was: “Why not a travel ban from West Africa until we’re certain our facilities here are up to task and our system has solved the flaws that you yourself admitted today exist?”


FRIEDEN: (whispering) “Above all, do no harm.” If we do things that are going to make it harder to stop the epidemic there, it’s going to spread to other parts of Africa. It’s gonna make it —

KELLY: How is it going to make it harder to stop it over there?

FRIEDEN: Because you can’t get people in and out! You can’t get supplies in and out!

KELLY: Why can’t we have charter flights?

FRIEDEN: Charter flights don’t do the same thing commercial airlines do.

KELLY: What do you mean? They fly in; they fly out.

FRIEDEN: For a week… For a week I sat in Liberia while the African Union team that wanted to send hundreds of health care workers were stranded in Senegal because commercial airlines weren’t traveling. If we isolate these countries, what’s not going to happen is disease staying there. It’s going to spread more all over Africa, and we’ll be at higher risk!

RUSH: Does any of this make any sense? This is profound in its ignorance! (impression)

“Above all, do no harm. See, I’m a good liberal. I have just said, ‘Above all, do no harm.’ I’m a good person. That’s mission accomplished, one. If we do things that are going to make it harder to stop the epidemic, then it’s going to spread to other parts of Africa. I’m a really good person, because I care about it not spreading. Plus, I have just said if we make it harder to stop the epidemic, then it’s going to spread. I’m a really good person.”

Well, how is it going to make it harder to stop it over there?

“Well, because you can’t get people in and out. You can’t get supplies.”

What about charter flights? Charter flights go in; they go out.

“Well, you know, charter flights don’t do the same thing that commercial flights do!”

What? Charter flights land; they take off. They carry people and stuff, and you get in there and you get it and get out.

“Well, I was stranded once when a commercial flight couldn’t get in.”

All the more reason to get a charter!

“No, no, because charters can’t do what commercials do. See, I’m a man of the people. Commercial? Charters? That’s for the elite rich, and we’re not the elite rich. We’re good liberals. See, I’m a good person.”

We don’t want people in and out is the point! But I don’t know how in the world isolating the disease in Africa spreads it! But this is what he’s maintaining. Somebody needs to help me. Isolating it spreads it? And then she said: “You’re convinced that charter flights can’t do the same thing commercial airlines can do?”

FRIEDEN: (whispering) Above all, we don’t want to make the situation worse. If it’s worse, if it spreads more in Africa, it’s going to be more of a risk to us here. Our only goal is protecting Americans. That’s our mission. We do that by protecting people here and by stopping threats abroad.

RUSH: You’re not stopping threats abroad! You’re importing them! You, sir, are importing threats from abroad! You’re not stopping them. On that, my friends, I can’t handle anymore.

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