U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams faces charges in Hawaii after “a little bit of fun” while visiting a closed park in August with two others, violating COVID19 rules.
He “didn’t know“???
The article said Adams “didn’t know parks were closed“… but “provided a phone number” to the officer, “the same number Adams listed on an email to state officials seeking an exemption for Hawaii’s quarantine on arriving travelers.”
Interesting wording… the email – he provided – confirmed an exemption for quarantine for traveling – that included “links to rules”. Well… I didn’t see that juvenile behavior coming. Was he confused?
For some time, Adams has been
pushing gaslighting the public to take personal responsiblity for stopping the spread of COVID19, tweeting “tips” such as “#COVIDStopsWithMe”. It seems he chose to ignore his own advice while traveling, opting for his original official statment, assuming immunity, deciding not to heed the emergency order.
Interestingly – at the bottom of the article, it states “According to the complaint, Adams put a mask on.”
He could have referenced the CDC website he linked here in early August about travel restrictions. (There’s a section covering “restrictions” here). He must not have thought to conduct a simple google search about Park Closure Hours. It boldly mentions, in red, at the top:
*City parks, botanical gardens, community gardens, certain park facilities, and beaches reopening Sept. 10, 2020 for individual activities in accordance with Emergency Order 2020-26.
But wait (bold/italics my emphasis), there’s more… To point out Jerry’s indifference… it says “the surgeon general was cited for accidentally violating the mayor’s emergency order, due to his misunderstanding of the law“.
Accidentally? Misunderstanding? Huh.
I’ll reference a quote from David Bachert:
“Well, when it happened “due to his misunderstanding of the law”, it would be best to lift the burden of the office from him, henceforth he might be able to commit himself to further studies of “the law” – or at least the content of e-mails he receives. #FireTheSG“
Covid19, and restrictions in place around the country aren’t something ‘new‘. While the city of Honolulu has issued “more than 10,000 such citations“, 2,203 were dismissed by June.
Wait, was Jerry confused?
If he’s confused, are we still expected to take his position or “advice” seriously? I’m not surprised Jerry doesn’t do his research, or that he is… well, it’s common knowledge Jerry doesn’t open emails. As much as he likes google, he didn’t take time to check?
Here’s my condensed version of just a few of Adams key sentences in a COVID19 press conference with President Trump earlier this year.
With a history of confusion, Jerry, as former Indiana State Health Commissioner – and in charge of that state’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, seemed stunned after reading “his own” latest Surgeon General ‘report’ on smoking. He stated “I didn’t even know until this report came out that you can add as much as 10 years, a decade, to your life expectancy by quitting smoking”.
Do as I say, not as I do
It’s unnerving to see -0- accountability from the Surgeon General both personally and professionally, acting ‘unaware’ while misinterpreting data, science, and now laws the public he’s supposed to serve – are expected to abide by.
After breaking at least one law while sightseeing, he appeared at a news conference giving the public advice he didn’t heed himself:
“And to the people who are lapsing a little bit, I want you to understand that a little bit of fun right now can result in shutdowns further on down the road. It’s important that we all do the right things right now, even if we don’t feel we are personally at risk.”
The violation for “a little bit of fun” he mentioned reportedly can include “fines of up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both”.
I suggest both.
In the most basic observation of this puppet, I (rhetorically) wonder why the public health community is concerned about the public’s lack of trust in the people like Adams, who are ‘in charge’, and their inability to do their job(s) is questioned.
I’m also curious as to why Jerry didn’t take a selfie with the nice officer. I’ve repeatedly invited Jerry to be a guest on Smoke Free Radio to discuss a potpourri of subjects with Patrick and me.
To date, he has not responded.
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