Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was offered a history lesson on Twitter after he fretted over stay-at-home orders imposed to limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus ravaging the nation.

“What would the Founders say?” the congressman asked on Twitter.

Amid spiking COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, several states have tightened restrictions, ordering businesses to close and asking residents to stay at home. In Jordan’s home state of Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has extended a nighttime curfew through Jan. 2 and suggested he might soon close bars and restaurants.

Jordan has repeatedly expressed skepticism about the severity of the pandemic. Earlier this month, he mocked the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for his plea that Americans avoid Christmas travel.

December has been the deadliest month of the pandemic yet for the U.S. More than 60,000 deaths have been recorded this month alone.

60 million Americans are subject to a stay at home order or curfew.11 million are right here in Ohio.What would the Founders say?

— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 29, 2020

Critics noted that the Founders had in fact followed strict measures to stifle infectious disease outbreaks based on the science of their time.

During the American Revolution, George Washington worked to contain a smallpox epidemic by isolating anyone suspected of infection and limiting outside contact with his army. In 1776, when the British withdrew from Boston, Washington mandated that only soldiers that had already been infected be allowed into the city.

In 1796, in response to a deadly yellow fever outbreak, Congress passed the first federal quarantine law, which was signed by Washington. It authorized the federal government to help states enforce quarantines as necessary.

There’s more history below, courtesy of Jordan’s Twitter critics.

George Washington established quarantine guidelines, travel bans and isolated those infected with smallpox during the Revolutionary War-the colonists even passed a law in 1731 that made reporting the illness mandatory.Had they denied it, like you are, none of us would be here. https://t.co/Csp4VIaKcz

— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) December 29, 2020

There was a massive smallpox epidemic during the American Revolution.Washington quarantined the infected, refused to let people from hot spots travel to his army, and even sent a thousand soldiers to Boston to prevent the spread there.You should try reading a book sometime.

— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) December 29, 2020

The founders would probably have taken sensible precautions.When Philadelphia, the US capital, had a yellow fever outbreak in 1793, Washington and pretty much the entire federal government left the city. https://t.co/yUeesR8mMr

— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) December 29, 2020

The Founders passed An Act Related to Quarantine during the 3rd Congress in 1796, signed by PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON.It directed the feds to help states enforce quarantines.The Con Law study of Gibbons v. Ogden 22 US 1 (1824) would've enlightened you further. https://t.co/K9fHIO9SqJ

— (((Ethan Bearman, 306 and 81 million))) (@EthanBearman) December 29, 2020

Also, Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905) would've also enlightened you to the state police powers, like Gibbons, in prioritizing health during emergencies and that individual liberty is not without limits.

— (((Ethan Bearman, 306 and 81 million))) (@EthanBearman) December 29, 2020

This is why we shouldn't elect wrestling coaches to be in congress if they have no passed a basic history and civics course first. Boston had a complete lockdown in 1778 after a smallpox outbreak. Many of the founders were there. They abided by it for months.

— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 29, 2020

Probably the same thing since a founder literally dealt with a pandemic pic.twitter.com/ClRwonBQqt

— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) December 29, 2020

They would likely approve. Washington used variolation & isolation to protect his soldiers. Quarantine was common due to outbreaks of smallpox, measles, yellow fever, and more. They understood the seriousness of infectious disease & the nascent science behind its control. https://t.co/QZ9dKbHZgX

— Dr. Tara C. Smith (@aetiology) December 29, 2020

It would have taken you less than a fucking minute to google this shit and discovered that George Washington ordered quarantines during the small pox epidemic in the 1770s-80s. https://t.co/yks6gYi9QJ

— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) December 29, 2020

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