Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is somehow hampered by "political correctness" and the Obama administration is not being aggressive enough regarding the deadly disease Ebola.
Thomas Duncan, who was recently hospitalized in Dallas, Tx., for Ebola, may have exposed as many as 100 people to the disease, reports The New York Times. Duncan flew from Monrovia, Liberia, to Dallas where he was diagnosed.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dr. Tom Kenyon, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, said in a statement, “There were no signs of any disease when the gentleman boarded the flight. This was not a failure of the screening process at the airport.”
CBS News notes that Sen. Paul recently gave "The Laura Ingraham Show" his take on the Ebola crisis, “I really think that it is being dominated by political correctness and I think because of political correctness we’re not really making sound, rational, scientific decisions on this."
However, it's not clear how political correctness was interfering with science.
“We should not underestimate the transmissibility of this,” states Sen. Paul. “My suspicion is that it’s a lot more transmissible than that if people who are taking every precaution are getting it. There are people getting it who simply helped people get in or out of a taxicab.”
The CDC has repeatedly said that Ebola is only transmittable through the exchange of bodily fluids.
“It’s a big mistake to underestimate the potential for problems worldwide,” warned Sen. Paul, but moments later he attacked President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa to help stop Ebola from spreading.
“When you’re in a very close confines on a ship, we all know about cruises and how they get these diarrhea viruses that are transmitted very easily,” Sen. Paul told Ingraham. “It’s a big mistake to downplay and act as if ‘Oh, this is not a big deal, we can control all this.' This could get beyond our control.”
Sen. Paul didn't cite any government officials who actually said, "Oh, this is not a big deal, we can control all this."
For her part, Ingraham has mocked President Obama for trying to control the spread of Ebola. On her Sept. 26 radio show, she suggested that the president was exposing U.S. troops to Ebola in West Africa to atone for centuries of colonialism, noted MediaMatters.org.