CLAIM: During a March 25, 2020, Fox & Friends appearance, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said: “I’m not too concerned about the Chinese virus. This is the worst economic crisis we’ve seen in 200 years. We’ve got to end the ridiculous ‘shelter in place’ orders. I’ve spoken to many senior citizens and they’re willing to take the risk and go back to work. If a few senior citizens die, I can live with that. Plus we won’t have to pay them their social security ‘handout.’”
THE FACTS: Jordan didn’t appear on Fox & Friends on March 25 or make that statement, his spokesman confirmed. Social media users are passing around a meme that attributes a fictitious quote during a made-up television appearance to the firebrand conservative from Ohio. Video records and transcripts show Jordan didn’t appear on Fox & Friends Wednesday, while Congress hammered out details in a $2.2 trillion deal to assuage American’s economic woes during the global coronavirus pandemic. Jordan’s last appearance on the show was March 5, when he discussed controversial comments Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer made about conservative Supreme Court justices. “Congressman Jordan was not on Fox & Friends and did not say the quote in question,” Ian Fury, a spokesman for Jordan, told The Associated Press in an email.