Rush Limbaugh is accusing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of “caving” to the White House after he ended an Ebola quarantine for an American nurse who returned from Sierra Leone.
“Here we are one week before an election, and once again we have a Republican governor caving, or seeking to be seen arm-and-arm, hand-in-hand with the president of the United States,” Limbaugh said Monday on his radio show.
“As I say, quarantine some governors, folks. Really.”
Limbaugh was speaking about the situation involving Kaci Hickox, a nurse who was being kept in an isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark, N.J. She had been helping Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and upon returning to the U.S. last Friday, had a temperature of 101 degrees.
Hickox was then placed under a mandatory quarantine at the New Jersey hospital, but she complained about the conditions in which she was being kept – she compared the experience to being in prison.
Hickox described the tent in an interview with CNN, saying she had no shower and a toilet that did not flush. She also complained of not having a TV or anything to read, although doctors later brought her magazines, newspapers, and her cell phone.
Meanwhile, Hickox twice tested negative for Ebola during her time in the isolation tent, which ended prematurely on Monday. She hired a lawyer to contest the mandatory quarantine and, coupled with White House pressure to release her from the hospital, Christie allowed her to leave and spend the remainder of her 21-day quarantine at her home in Maine.
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