Just when you thought the CDC couldn’t get any dumber, they go and knowingly give travel permissions to an infected healthcare worker. While the CDC and now the President continue to reassure Americans, the increasing incompetence by all those in charge isn’t helping ease fears.
"Now, what is the CDC doing? They're now saying they're not only going to monitor all the people that have come across Ebola, they're not allowing them -- and let me quote this because, remember, we're not going to stop any flights from West Africa. But here in America, they are going to follow, quote, the minimum guidelines outlined. The minimum guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by blocking those being monitored for Ebola from using any public transportation, including airliners and buses," Glenn said.
"So here's the worst thing, we told you yesterday, their credibility is only going to get worse and worse on this. The president needs to fire the guy at the top of the CDC, and somebody needs to take charge of this. This is outrageous what's going on. This is why you don't want a big government because the big government gets so bloated and so bureaucratic that the one hand doesn't even know what the other hand is doing. There's nobody in charge of this stuff."
"Yesterday we said, what was this nurse thinking? This nurse is with an Ebola patient. She gets on a flight and goes to Cleveland with a fever," he continued. "What was she even thinking? Our apologies to this nurse. This nurse knew enough when she had a fever, she called the Center for Disease Control. She checked in and she said: Hey, I was with the nurse that is now has Ebola. I was with her. I was in that same room. I now have a fever. Should I get on this plane? They said: Yep."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of “high risk” and was allowed to fly.
Officials in the U.S. have been trying to calm fears over the Ebola crisis, but time and again events have overtaken their assurances.
Glenn warned that this was just another example of government incompetence, and said that people need to be wary of the government telling people to gather certain places in order to deal with the crisis. He recalled Hurricane Katrina and people going to the SuperDome, which was ill equipped to handle the influx of people who came seeking shelter.
"The government said after it was all too late, come to the SuperDome because we got everything under control there. Did they?" Glenn said. "This could save your life: Whatever the government says: Hey, everybody come over here. Don't go over. Don't go over.