Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Joe Scarborough and David Axelrod got into a heated exchange over President Obama’s handling the Ebola outbreak.
Scarborough said “A lot of Americans are seeing what happened in Dallas, what happened with the Secret Service, what happened with the IRS, what happened with the VA, what happened with ISIS being a JV team, when any member of the department says, relax, Americans don’t believe that.”
Axelrod interjected, “I don’t want to disagree with Dr. Scarborough, but, Dr, Frieden of the CDC, and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH, these are public health professionals of world-class standing. They have no motivation to mislead the American people. They have dealt with many epidemics before, many health issues before. I don’t think there’s a reason to believe that they are not doing what needs to be done.”
Scarborough shot back, “I don’t understand the Dr. Scarborough comment. This is a serious issue. I’m quoting people who have had Ebola, who have spent time in West Africa.”
“When people like you, and people like us, go on television and say, this is far worse than they’re saying, this is a reason to be afraid, then people respond to it,” Axelrod responded.
Scarborough said, “I’m not saying that. You’re hearing things I haven’t said, David. What I’m saying is, we have to ask tough questions. So don’t call me Dr. Scarborough here,” before host Chick Todd broke up the argument.
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