Unethical Quote Of The Day: Dr. Deborah Birx

Gag me with a spoon

“I will have to say, this experience has been a bit overwhelming.It has been very difficult on my family.I think what was done in the past week to my family — you know, they didn’t choose this for me. They’ve tried to be supportive, but to drag my family into this..”

Dr. Deborah Birx, the Trump administration’s Wuhan virus response coordinator, in the course of announcing her retirement, apparently out of pique for being justly hammered in the media and social media for violating her own guidelines over the holidays.

As the “Saved by the Bell” girls were indicating above, gag me with a spoon. It took everything in my power not to headline this post “Dr. Birx is an asshole.” I’m still sorely tempted.

She is the one who directly and arrogantly did exactly what she cautioned “the little people” not to do, as I wrote about here (item #4). How dare the woman play the victim, and especially how dare she play the “leave my family out of it!” card when it was she who involved her family by joining them in doing exactly what she said everyone else’s family—well, everyone but elected officials— couldn’t do. To make her family whining worse, it was her own family member that blew the whistle on her!

Birx went on to say,

“My daughter hasn’t left that house in 10 months. My parents have been isolated for 10 months. (My parents) have become deeply depressed, as I’m sure many elderly have, as they’ve not been able to see their sons, their granddaughters. My parents haven’t seen their surviving son for over a year, These are all very difficult things.”

Oh, cry me a river, you despicable fraud. You and people like you are the ones who have imposed this lockdown and engaged in fearmongering for ten months. You are estopped from complaining, and the inconveniences and sacrifices you must make, or were supposedly making, do not entitle you to special privileges.

From the National Review’s comments:

There was a time when such a person would issue a public apology accepting full responsibility and then later they would be found dead in their bath tub. So while she was ordering the rest of us to cower-in-place in our hovels she was busy planning a big family gathering. Absolutely shameful.

Bingo. And these are the “experts” the Trump administration has been listening to.

To hell with them.

14 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Day: Dr. Deborah Birx

  1. I think my favorite part of this whole sad affair is the nonsensical excuse she made about the trip, that it wasn’t a Thanksgiving holiday, just that the whole family (including several elderly people and children – just the sort of people who are most helpful performing home improvement work) was gathering at the vacation house to “winterize” it.

    I have to say, this is the most selective, intelligent virus I’ve ever heard of. It knows the difference between a family gathering to celebrate a holiday and a family coming together to drain pipes and check the condition of the weatherstripping. The damn thing can tell if you’re seated at a table in a restaurant or walking through the very same restaurant to the bathroom. It can evaluate the validity and righteousness of your street protest before deciding to infect you. It knows that “outside” isn’t a specific set of conditions defined by fresh air flow and sunlight, but is an arbitrary designation that can be applied to enclosed rooms if, for example, the restaurant’s clientele is wealthy enough.

    That’s incredible behavior for a small strand of RNA encapsulated in a protein shell. We shouldn’t be trying to eradicate it, we should be trying to communicate with it, because it seems to be a sentient lifeform.

    Fuck you, Dr. Birx. Don’t let the door hit you in your hypocritical, fear-mongering ass on the way out.

  2. Dr. Birx can go jump off a cliff. *

    My mom, my dad and my grandma live no more than 20 minutes away. Until the other day, I hadn’t seen my father since last Christmas. I about cried on his shoulder when I did. I haven’t seen my mother for about the same amount of time. I have seen my 90-year old grandmother once. Because of lockdowns that state authorities all across the country have enacted because of the advice of people like her, all of my conventions, my vacation, in-person church services for months, milestone birthday parties, holidays have been cancelled and I’ve been working in a tiny little room in my house for ages. And I’m one of the fortunate ones – I haven’t had to take reduced hours or a pay cut or be forced to make hard financial choices, figure out how to educate a child or fret over a loved one trapped in a nursing home with no one allowed to visit.

    Her statement is tone-deaf. Her family is not the only one that has been forced to make adjustments and it doesn’t sound as if she’s any worse off than I am. If she can’t follow her own advice, why should I listen to her?

    * in a related note, I made the same comment about a Marie Kondo meme on Facebook advising to keep no more than 30 books and FB felt it important to let me I should be careful about posting “Marie can go jump off a cliff” because similar comments had gotten users in trouble. Facebook can go jump off a cliff, too.

    • I am assuming that Marie Kondo is the Asian Martha Stewart. She and Martha can go jump off a cliff.

      There was a point when I thought Birx was the reasonable one. Fauci is a self-important, self-righteous tool. I hate him and the horse he rode in on. Now, Birx shows that she is not different. Rules apply to you so shut up and obey.

      jvb

  3. “And these are the “experts” the Trump administration has been listening to.”

    I would say that these are the experts foisted upon us by the media and if Trump made any statement that went afoul of these “scientists” he was pilloried as a science denier and his words were responsible for killing billions (hyperbole) around the globe.

    Trump was stuck with them. If he fired them or diminished the trashing of him would be worse. We saw what happened to the new people he brought in like Dr. Atlas who was against lockdowns.

    CNN Nov. 30

    Dr. Scott Atlas, a highly controversial member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, has resigned from his post in the Trump administration.

    A source familiar with what happened told CNN that Atlas turned in his resignation letter to President Donald Trump on Monday. As a special government employee, Atlas had a 130-day window in which he could serve and that window was technically coming to a close this week.

    Atlas tweeted out a photo of his resignation letter later Monday. In the letter, he said his “advice was always focused on minimizing all the harms from both the pandemic and the structural policies themselves, especially to the working class and the poor.”

    • You’re not wrong. Just like the impeccably-qualified non-partisan Robert Mueller that the Democrats and their allies put on a pedestal (and then promptly ignored him when he didn’t come to the conclusion they wanted) and spread constant rumors the President was going to fire him, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx have been declared untouchable.

      It’s not the science (or the evidence, for that matter) they’re following…it’s the outcome they hope to accomplish.

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