White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said shutdowns and lockdowns don’t work, especially when it comes to getting children back to school.
During a Thursday interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” the president’s counselor stressed the importance of schools reopening.
“We also have to make very clear that a lockdown, a shutdown may work for Joe Biden in Wilmington. It doesn’t work for the rest of our country. And it doesn’t work for many of our school children,” she said. “We can’t create a pandemic within a pandemic.”
She added that many healthcare professionals have shared what the consequences can be if students aren’t in the classroom.
“We know from many of the health professionals that extended lockdowns and not being in school and pretending that we can replicate that online increases so many other maladies for these children,” she said.
When asked about President Donald Trump’s statement that children are “almost immune" to coronavirus, even though data shows the number of kids under 18 who have tested positive has increased to total 7.4%, Conway said not every state, county or school district is the same.
She noted overall the country is seeing a decline in the positivity rating for the virus and pointed out that many parents want their kids to return to in-person learning.
Conway blasted social media companies like Twitter and Facebook for having “selective engagement” in who they censor.
Both tech companies removed a video of Trump stating kids are “almost immune” to the virus. The companies stated the videos violated their policies against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.
“Why do we have the tech overlords telling us what is and isn’t legitimate on health matters,” Conway said. “They immediately take action against some people and not others. That’s selective engagement.”
When it comes to whether Congress will be able to pass another coronavirus relief bill, Conway said Trump is considering taking executive action if lawmakers fail to come to an agreement.
She ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for making the relief bill political.
“He will not stand by while Americans suffer economically,” she said of the president.
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