White House coronavirus response Dr. Deborah Birx traveled to meet family during Thanksgiving after warning Americans to avoid doing the same in yet another example of rampant COVID hypocrisy.
According to an Associated Press report, Birx traveled to her vacation home on Fenwick Island in Delaware the day after Thanksgiving to gather with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
Birx claimed the family members were all part of her “immediate household,” but all of those family members do not live in the same home.
The doctor had previously urged Americans to “take it upon yourself to be restrictive” when it came to Thanksgiving travel and not meet with people from outside one household.
Dr. Deborah Birx: Keep Thanksgiving to your immediate household
“I don’t like it to be any number… if you say it can be 10, and it’s eight people from four different families, then that probably is not the same degree of safe as 10 people from your immediate household.” pic.twitter.com/lumNHf3H75
— CNN (@CNN) November 20, 2020
Birx’s own relative Kathleen Flynn told the AP that her behavior had caused tension within the family.
“She cavalierly violated her own guidance,” Flynn said.
The scandal may harm Birx’s effort to secure a public health role within the Biden administration.
“To me this disqualifies her from any future government health position,” said Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security. “It’s a terrible message for someone in public health to be sending to the American people.”
Birx’s behavior is par for the course given similar instances of public officials repeatedly violating coronavirus rules while insisting other Americans abide by them.
California Governor Gavin Newsom’s rampant hypocrisy was exposed when he was caught on camera unmasked eating indoors at a Michelin star restaurant with a group of 12 people while telling Californians they could only celebrate Thanksgiving outside.