First they come for your guns, and then apparently your Rollerblades.
Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor, raised eyebrows during a segment on Tuesday where he criticized residents in San Francisco as selfish after they were seen outdoors jogging and rollerblading.
“Who the hell are you?” Tapper said, after pointing out how inconsiderate they were.
The anchor pointed to the directive from the Trump administration telling Americans to keep a healthy social distance to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Tapper pointed out that his father is 80 years old, and is a good example of someone who could be at risk.
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“I get that people don’t understand it, but what bothers me is people who think, ‘I’m young, I’m not going to die from it.’ First of all, not necessarily true. Second of all, you could get really, really sick and you could be injured for the rest of your life with scarred lungs, and third of all, who the hell are you to be walking around just giving this to old people and you just flippantly dismiss it?” Tapper told co-anchor Dana Bash.
Social media was quick to call out Tapper over what was seen by many as an overreaction to couples and individuals simply getting out of the house to get some exercise and blow off steam amid the crisis.
“With all due respect, the SF Bay Area is one of the first regions to be proactive in response to COVID-19. Going to the nicest part of SF and complaining about rollerbladers is in no way reflective of what’s happening here. The streets are bare. Kids are home,” another Twitter user said.
"I still really get the impression people in many places aren't taking this seriously," @drsanjaygupta says on many San Francisco residents ignoring the shelter in place order to stay home. "I'm worried these numbers- they keep going up." pic.twitter.com/ltGwFTrk1Q
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) March 18, 2020
California’s Bay Area was the first in the country to enforce a shelter in place in seven counties. The order began at midnight Tuesday and will affect about seven million residents in the area. The measure is considered the strictest in the U.S. and falls into line with some previous orders in Europe.
“This is going to be a defining moment for our city,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said. “We all have a responsibility to do our part to protect our neighbors and slow the spread of this virus by staying at home unless it is absolutely essential to go outside.”
Not all social media posters criticized Tapper. Some said the anchor was right to be angry due to the threat of the virus.
“I love @JakeTapper being so pissed at San Francisco Rollerbladers,” one user posted.