Glenn Beck on Tuesday tore into those who are turning the Ebola crisis into a political issue, particularly the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Beck noted that the DCCC has launched a new campaign claiming Republican budget cuts have weakened America's response to Ebola. He also played an ad by the progressive Agenda Project said, GOP budget cuts "kill."
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"Let me give you the facts," Beck said, reading an article from Gov. Bobby Jindal in Politico Magazine. "Over the past five years, the CDC has received just under $3 billion in transfers from the [Prevention and Public Health Fund]. Only 6 percent -- $180 million -- of that $3 billion went towards building the epidemiology and laboratory capacity. Instead, this administration has focused the CDC on other priorities."
Over the same five-year period, the CDC allocated $517.3 million to the "community transformation grant program," which aims to increase access to healthy foods and promotes sidewalk improvements to make it easier to ride bicycles.
"When you see this ad from the Democrats blaming the Republicans for Ebola, first of all, every single American should be outraged," Beck said. "How dare you say that George Bush, by using a photograph of him viewing the World Trade Center from an airplane, was using a strategy just for election purposes? How dare you say that?"
Beck continued reading from Politico: "In a paid speech last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attempted to link spending restraints enacted by Congress -- and signed into law by President Obama -- to the fight against Ebola."
"Unbelievable," Beck said. "We're arguing about garbage right now when we should be talking about stopping the flights."
Beck said President Barack Obama is going to go down in history as "the most reckless and irresponsible, out of touch president in the history of the world."
"This is reckless, reckless endangerment," Beck said. "It's becoming criminal. There are things that the president of the United States can do and should do right now, and one of them is: stop the partisanship. ... Mr. President, stop it. Please. The American people beg you. Stop it. Pay attention to what is really going on. Stop trying to community organize the world and look at this rationally and logically, please."
Beck once again spoke about why he believes it is vital to stop flights out of West Africa, or at least require travelers to undergo a quarantine period before entering the United States. That doesn't mean, he said, that aid workers won't be able to go to West Africa to help.
"The other thing the president can do with $3 billion -- you can start buying respirators for our hospitals," Beck said. "You can't just have face masks. You need respirators. Our medical staff need to be protected."
Beck also said the government needs to fast-track efforts to develop more ZMapp, a potential cure for the disease.
"Now, if I'm a recovering alcoholic, former DJ, if I can figure this out, certainly the most powerful man in the world can figure this out," Beck said. "Certainly he has advisers who can tell him this."
Beck said if steps aren't taken to contain the Ebola virus, and it continues to spread across Europe and the United States, everyone's lives will change.
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