Ron Johnson calls COVID response a ‘miserable failure’: ‘They’ve done our kids a lot of harm’

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Called Democrats’ COVID response a ‘miserable failure’ after a report suggested dramatic pandemic-related learning loss when students were forced to learn remotely . Johnson joined “The Faulkner Focus” on Thursday to discuss the bombshell report and why the policies weren’t based on “science.”


RON JOHNSON: I don’t see how anyone could look at our response to COVID and conclude that it’s anything other than a dismal failure. Over a million dead Americans, the human toll, the economic devastation, what we did to our children. In addition to this study, Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University conducted a study that showed there was a 22 point drop in IQ among infants born during the pandemic, and what is so tragic in the way we hurt our children during our answer is that it was not motivated by science. The school closures and our CDC response to how we were going to handle the kids were largely driven by the teachers’ unions. I have written watch letters in terms of communication between the CDC and our health agencies and teacher unions, and have received no response. So it wasn’t motivated by science. Remember how everyone vilified Sweden because they didn’t close their schools, their children went to school [and] didn’t you wear masks? The number of deaths per million in Sweden is only 59% of that in the United States. 1,894 people per million vs. 3,223 US deaths per million. So none of those 1.9 million Swedish school children died from COVID, and teachers actually had a lower infection rate. So our response, driven by people like Fauci and our federal health agencies, hasn’t been honest, it’s not transparent. They have failed miserably to protect Americans and they have done great harm to our children.


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