Jake Tapper notes coronavirus risk at large Biden celebrations
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CNN host Jake Tapper on Saturday acknowledged the risk of the coronavirus while reporting on spontaneous celebrations that broke out across the country after President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election.
“I hate to be a scold here, but we just had the highest day of infections in the United States," Tapper said during a CNN panel discussion after Biden's victory. "I believe yesterday was 125,000 Americans with new coronavirus infections. That was the third straight day of more than 100,000 infections. It’s good to see people wearing masks — although for some of them they’re slipping off their face."
It was a turnaround from the network's previous commentary on Biden celebrations, in which concerns about the possible spread of the virus were virtually non-existent.
He said people also need to socially distance while noting that doctors say mask-wearing is one of the most important steps that can slow the spread of the virus.
“But I can see Sanjay Gupta having a lot of heartburn right now,” chief White House correspondent Dana Bash added, referring to the network's chief medical correspondent.
People in New York’s Times Square look up at a monitor as President-elect Joe Biden addresses the nation, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (Associated Press)
Tapper agreed many health officials would feel concerned about the massive crowds.
Some Trump supporters had felt there was hypocrisy in reporters celebrating the massive pro-Biden crowds after calling President Trump’s large campaign rallies “super-spreader” events.
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"Where is @JoeBiden calling on the massive Super Spreader events held in his name to end?" White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted in reaction to footage of a large crowd outside of the White House singing "YMCA."
"The pandemic is over! Media has stopped calling gatherings 'superspreader events!'" radio host Dana Loesch tweeted.
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"How the media shifted so abruptly from 'anyone going to a spacious beach is a super-spreading monster killing Grandma' to 'these mass, densely populated protests with people screaming on top of each other are so inspiring' was one of 2020's most credibility-destroying media acts," journalist Glenn Greenwald declared.
"This is all perfectly fine because, as we’ve learned, covid is a politically enlightened virus that spares those with the correct ideological leanings," Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh tweeted.
Fox News’ Joseph A Wulfsohn contributed to this report.
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