Coronavirus Lockdowns Criticized Amid Massive Protests

The coronavirus lockdowns that were strictly enforced in cities across the U.S. might have been a scam when you consider the massive protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, a senior writer at the National Review said.

David Harsanyi, the writer, told “The Buck Sexton Show” Thursday that in the early stages of the outbreak, taking steps to avoid flooding hospitals with cases seemed like a rational argument.

Health officials said it was important to flatten the curve so the health care system didn’t break. States and cities across the country took extreme measures to limit the spread of the highly contagious virus and essentially put cities on lockdown, destroying the economy and livelihoods in the process.


Harsanyi said it was interesting to watch how some of these rules were enforced. He said it was OK to shop in Walmart, but you were unable to “buy cucumber seeds in this part” of the store due to virus safety concerns. If you disregarded these rules the media made it clear that you didn’t care about your grandparents and were “part of a death cult.”

Harsanyi said these restrictions affected every part of our lives. He relayed a story about a boy who committed suicide near where he lives in Washington, D.C., and how nobody was allowed to attend his funeral. He said the contrast between enforcing the coronavirus guidelines before anti-police riots and now could not be clearer.

He said now “people could march because our politicians have decided that the rules don’t apply to them or that their cause is more righteous than some person who wants to save his business and his life’s work and his family.”

“I find that unconscionable,” he said.

The writer penned an article on Thursday called “The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal.”

He laid out what life under quarantine meant for a large part of the country and how the government took away our liberties.

“Soon we were being forced to comply with the diktats of mayors and governors. No legislatures. No votes. No questions. Those who spoke up were stifled by social media or smeared by normal media as a death cult — even as virtually every prediction offered by alleged experts and journalists about the consequences of reopening turned out to be wrong,” he wrote.

Sexton has been a vocal critic of the shutdown across the country and blamed alarmist health officials—with no interest in policy—for persuading politicians to enact these orders.

Harsanyi told Sexton that the protests over the lockdown were distilled in the media and presented as anger over not being able to get a haircut.

“They wanted to save their business,” he said. “They wanted to have human interaction. They wanted to go out and live their lives.”