HOUSTON, Texas — Reverend Jesse Jackson is in Dallas, Texas to make sure that Thomas Eric Duncan, the man recently diagnose with Ebola, gets the best care “America has to offer.” In an apparent attempt to push universal healthcare, Jackson told local Dallas media that Duncan was probably sent home from the ER the first time he went because “he didn’t have insurance.”
The reverend met with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as well as numerous local pastors, according to Fox DFW. He reportedly said that Jesus “was firm in his love for the person fighting the disease. We must have that same sense of love for Thomas, to embrace him and fight this disease.”
On Monday evening, Jackson said on Twitter that Duncan’s family requested he make the trip to Dallas.
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) October 7, 2014
Duncan recently flew to the U.S. from Liberia. According to Liberian officials, Duncan knew he had been exposed to Ebola and lied on his travel forms. Duncan’s former boss additionally said in interviews that Duncan “knew he had Ebola” and that his trip to the U.S. was a desperate attempt to stay alive.
Jackson told Fox DFW that he does not believe that Duncan knew he was exposed to the virus.
He told the local media outlet, “Thomas deserves the love and the best medical treatment American can afford as has happened for all the other Americans who have contracted this terrible disease. He must be treated as a patient with all the human rights deserved, not as a criminal.”
Jackson’s social justice group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, did not immediately return a phone call from Breitbart Texas.
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