Rules For Thee, Not For Me: Dr. Birx Ignored Her Own Guidance Over Thanksgiving

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In yet another moment of ‘Rules for thee, not for me,’ the Associated Press is out with a report that Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, spent Thanksgiving at one of her vacation homes after warning Americans to celebrate the holiday with only “your immediate household.”

Like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who openly admitted having his mother travel on Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with his family in Albany, Birx was adamant about taking precautions for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Birx said on November 30 that people who gathered should assume they were infected.

“We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period,” Birx said on “Face the Nation.” “If you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.”

It turns out Birx spent the holiday at one of her vacation properties in Delaware and was joined by three generations of family, including her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. Birx told the AP her purpose for the 50-hour trip was to winterize the vacation property and not for Thanksgiving, but she does acknowledge her family shared a dinner while at the property.

Birx’s appearance on “Face The Nation” that weekend was done from the vacation home.

“To every American, this is the moment to protect yourself and your family,” she said on CBS. “So if your governor or your mayor isn’t doing the policies that we know are critical — masking, physical distancing, avoiding bars, avoiding crowded indoor areas — if those restrictions don’t exist in your state, you need to take it upon yourself to be restricted. You need to not go to these places. You need to protect your family now.” 

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. So let us review the ever growing list:

    Governor Newsom and SF Mayor Breed attending events 24 hours apart indoors at the same restaurant in CA. San Jose, CA mayor Sam Liccardo tells voters he was going to stay home for Thanksgiving and then breaks his own promise and goes to his parents’ for Thanksgiving. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock tells people not to travel for turkey day just before boarding a plane to travel to Mississippi for the holiday. Austin Mayor Steve Adler travelled to Mexico for a family wedding and then did a beach remote regarding safety during the pandemic. RI Governor Raimondo attending a wine and paint night at local business sans mask all while telling people to stay home. Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Lighfoot… take your pick.

    So, thanks to all of you including Dr. Birx for again reinforcing just how seriously we need to follow all of your guidelines and mandates during this time.

  2. Excluding Dr. Birx(Because she’s not an elected official), the only people we can be upset with is ourselves. Those of you who still vote for the Left, you’re going to get who you voted for….you can’t complain when, over the course of the next 4 years(maybe more now that the Left has control over the laws now and could change them), our country starts to show signs of Communism. When we start losing our rights, our freedoms, our guns, our religion, possibly our voting rights……well, this is why you need to educate yourself, get informed, and for God’s sake, stop being a sheeple to the Left’s false promises of free stuff. The Left started the KKK, wanted to keep slaavery. By offering “free” anything is just their new form of slavery. By accepting their “free” stuff, they now own you. They know you will now rely on them for your own survival. Wake up.

  3. It’s almost like they have no clue that basically everything is recorded and hypocrisy is revealed in record amounts of time.

    I mean back in the stone age before the internet and cell phones dictators could probably demand rules and break them on their own more in the dark.

    • More like they just don’t care. The media keeps pushing them as experts and brilliant, and in Newsom’s instance, went out of their way to apologize on his behalf.

      If these hypocrites were treated the way the media treats “the deplorables,” it might be a different story. But then again, if the media acted that way, we wouldn’t have had 10 months of “flattening the curve”

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