Trump Surgeon General Lectures Kid Who Lost Prom, Graduation, And More To COVID Over What *Really* Constitutes A ‘Lockdown’
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 1: Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams testifies during a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing about how to counter vaccine hesitancy, on Capitol Hill July 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. According to the committee, a recent survey shows that up to 20 percent of Americans continue to say they will refuse the vaccine or are unsure about the vaccine. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams faced some serious backlash on Sunday over a tweet appearing to lecture a college student over what really constituted a “lockdown.”

Adams invoked imprisoned WNBA player Brittney Griner and his own brother — who was previously incarcerated — to suggest that the student was wrong to say that he had been locked down during the coronavirus pandemic.

The conversation began with a tweet from Adams, who criticized politicians who were running on a promise to never lock down their constituents again, saying they were offering little more than cheap campaign slogans.

“Today’s IDK who needs to hear this: ‘We will never lock down again,’ is a political campaign slogan — not a real and honest discussion about pandemic policy,” Adams tweeted. “We NEVER ‘locked down’ before (especially so in the places that most complain about it) so we can’t do it ‘again …'”

“If your position is, “with the knowledge and the tools we have gained we must do all we can to keep from closing schools,” then I completely agree. Or perhaps ‘we can utilize those same lessons and tools to help keep businesses open’ — I also agree with this — so lets discuss!” he said.

“Pandemic hyperbole is as rampant and deadly as Covid19. If we want to have sincere and honest conversations about policy, we’ve got to be sincere and honest ourselves. Starting w/ acknowledging we never truly locked down, yet we must do all we can to keep open in the future,” he continued.

A college student named Ryan responded, disputing Adams’ claim that he had never been locked down and pointing out just a few of the things that COVID restrictions had taken from him.

“As someone who lived in lockdown hell in MN for 2 years, I lost 1) my high school graduation 2) my prom 3) my first year of college 4) social interaction. Public health locked me in my bedroom along with many other kids. If that doesn’t constitute lockdown, I don’t know what does,” he said.

Adams fired back, however, saying, “I appreciate what you went through (I have 3 school age kids who went through the same). I respectfully would suggest people like Brittany Griner, or my brother (who actually WAS in prison in 2020) would argue that there are different degrees of ‘lockdown hell.'”

The former surgeon general was then flooded with responses — a number of whom pointed out that the two people Adams had mentioned had been imprisoned because of their own actions rather than because the government had put them there “for their own protection.”

“Were you literally in a Russian prison during the Covid pandemic? No? Then shut up,” David Marcus tweeted, mocking Adams.

“You know there are other uses of Twitter besides destroying your own credibility,” Grabien founder Tom Elliott added.

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