RUSH: The Today show this morning. Cohost Matt Lauer was interviewing Doctors Without Borders nurse Kaci Hickox, who refused the quarantine in New Jersey and went to Maine, which is her home state.
The governor of Maine, Paul LePage, wants to quarantine her there, but she says she won’t do it; she has her rights. Matt Lauer said, “It’s my understanding that your 21-day isolation period will be up on November 10th. Will you stick to the same guidelines until then?”
HICKOX: Y’know, I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me even though I am in perfectly good health, uh, and feeling strong, and have been — this entire time — completely symptom free.
RUSH: So (translated), “No, I’m not. Rules don’t apply to me. I’m a good person! I’m a good person, and I’m not sick, and the rules don’t apply to me. I’m smarter than you. These governors don’t know what they’re talking about.” So Matt Lauer said, “Well, we got six states that are going along with the guidelines put in place in New York and New Jersey. You have the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommending to the Department of Defense that US troops coming home from Ebola-fighting missions in West Africa be quarantined for 21 days. Why is it so abhorrent to you to put yourself in that very same position?”
HICKOX: Y’know, I truly believe that this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I am not gonna sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.
RUSH: This is why… You know what I find interesting about this? Let me get in an observation first. Here is a woman, she has been documented to be a huge Obama supporter, she’s a radical leftist, and yet what’s she doing here? She’s saying she doesn’t trust the government. She doesn’t trust “politicians.” She doesn’t trust the officials. She thinks they’re trying to deny her her freedom.
She thinks that her constitutional rights are being abridged. She thinks these people are not talking about science but just politics. Yet look at who this woman supports and votes for — and she doesn’t even trust them, apparently. “I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay at home when I am not at risk to the American public.” Well, but, see, nobody knows that yet.
Here’s the thing, folks. We need to start asking people who refuse… I’m sorry. These rules that she has objected to, they’re not Governor Christie’s rules. This is why I think he… Well, I don’t think he should have caved to Obama. I know what he was doing. He thinks that she passed the protocol, but the problem is the CDC now says that anyone with contact with bodily fluids from Ebola patients should be quarantined, and she clearly passes that test.
These are not Christie’s rules. These are the Center for Disease Control rules, even though they may change every day. The CDC is… That’s the thing. Nobody has, really, any trust in any position of authority on all this. There are so many mixed messages, and the reason for that is that at the very top of the heap here — at the White House — all of this is political to them.
I guarantee you everything they’re coming up with policy-wise is guaranteed to either cause the least damage to Obama and Democrats or to help them in some way or another. I mean, Chuck Hagel has accepted the Joint Chiefs of Staff request and has ordered that every branch of the military be quarantined when they return from Ebola countries. It’s the only sensible, reasonable thing to do, and this woman continues to put herself above everybody else on the basis of her self-diagnosis.
Here’s Hagel this morning at the Washington Ideas Forum. It’s cut 5A, right in order there.
HAGEL: What I, uh, signed this morning was a memorandum to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in response to the memorandum of recommendation I received from the chairman and the chiefs yesterday to, uh, go forward with a policy of essentially 21-day incubation for our men and women who would be returning from West Africa.
RUSH: Soldiers need to be quarantined for 21 days. The nurse in Maine refuses to stay in her house. “I am a good person, and you can’t make me.” But everybody else is being required. Yesterday in Providence, Rhode Island — on the campaign trail for gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island, Allan Fung — Governor Christie spoke with reporters about his Ebola quarantine policy, and the reporter said, “Looks like you’re gonna have to defend this in court, Governor.”
CHRISTIE: Whatever. Get in line. I’ve been sued lots of times before. Get in line. I’m happy to take it on. She was inside the hospital in a climate-controlled area with access to her cell phone, access to the Internet, and takeout food from the best restaurants in Newark. She was doing just fine.
RUSH: Well, outside of the best restaurant food in Newark, it sounded like everything was cool. (laughing) Anyway, you know, Governor Christie, say what you want. He’s not being bullied by any of this. It doesn’t sound like he’s being bullied. But this woman clearly is holding herself above and beyond everyone else.
And the military, by the way, even though they’re being quarantined? The US military aren’t even supposed to have any contact with Ebola patients, yet they are being quarantined. They are not supposed to come anywhere near the precious bodily fluids of Ebola patients, meaning that’s not their mission.