Should We Be Bringing Ebola Patients Into the United States?

Glenn Beck on Monday reacted to the news that two Americans infected with the Ebola virus are being brought to the United States for treatment, questioning whether it is the most prudent decision.

“I’m sure it is the least of our worries. But I’m just saying, do we need more logs on the fire?” he asked.

Beck said he has deep respect for Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the Americans who went to Liberia to help treat the Ebola outbreak, and said they are doing what “none of us” would do.

“But the other side of that coin is, you know what, it’s over in Africa. And it hasn’t spread,” Beck said. “I can’t bring a bottle of mouthwash on to a plane, but we can bring a 200-pound bag of Ebola over? I hate to look at it that way, but that’s really what it is.”

But one of Beck’s radio co-hosts, Stu Burguiere, said Americans face far greater risks every day.

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Glenn Beck speaks on his radio program August 4, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

“I’m not saying we’re not incompetent at times … [but] our doctors should be able to handle that one,” Burguiere said. “And I think they will be able to handle it. People come — there’s horrible diseases all around the world that can come here in any number of different ways. A sealed compartment or suit specifically designed to prevent something from spreading is probably the least of our worries.”

“Think about the fact that it’s been spiraling around Africa for the past 15 years, and with basically no doctors at times,” Burguiere added. “And while, when you get it, it’s very bad … it’s not like smallpox.”

Beck asked if it made him a “bad person” for questioning the decision to bring the victims to America, rather than bringing the resources and material necessary for treatment to Africa.

“Why don’t we ship over the equipment, instead of shipping the disease over here?” he asked.

Beck added that it is extremely arrogant for American doctors to believe that the disease won’t spread “because we have all of these suits,” when Dr. Brantly was also acutely aware of the risks and still contracted the disease.

Dr. Kent Brantly cares for an Ebola patient in the isolation ward before he tested positive for the virus. (Image source: Samaritan's Purse)
Dr. Kent Brantly cares for an Ebola patient in the isolation ward before he tested positive for the virus. (Image source: Samaritan’s Purse)

“This guy knew what he was dealing with,” Beck said. “This is not, like, some summer intern. [He went] on a mission to Africa to help with the Ebola virus. This is one of the experts. He knew exactly what he was dealing with. He got it.”

“I’m mainly concerned about this because, let’s just stop taking stupid risks,” Beck continued. “We’ve got enough logs on the fire. … Let’s not take any unnecessary risks that would upset the apple cart. We’ve got enough things going on.”

Beck said the future of our financial system is in peril, the Middle East is on fire, Russian President Vladimir Putin is seemingly trying to “cobble back together” the Soviet Union, there are violent exchanges happening on our southern border, and now Ebola is being “imported in.”

“I’m praying that everything happens fine there,” Beck said. “We are the best at medical services in the world, but we’ve got enough irons in the fire.”

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