Dr. Kelli Ward, a former state senator and primary care physician, tweeted on Friday that people participating in protests to end the government-imposed closures of regular business should wear scrubs and masks.
“Planning protest to #ReOpenAmerica? EVERYONE wear scrubs & masks – the media doesn’t care if you are really in healthcare or not – it’s the ‘message’ that matters,” she wrote.
“EVEN IF these ‘spontaneously’ appearing ppl at protests against govt overreach (sporting the same outfits, postures, & facial expressions) ARE involved in healthcare – when they appeared at rallies, they were actors playing parts #Propaganda #FakeOutrage,” Ward tweeted last week.
CNN has reached out to Ward for comment.
The Arizona Democratic Party slammed Ward’s Friday tweet as an attempt to mock health care professionals.
“If anyone’s status as a health care professional should be questioned its Dr. Kelli Ward’s, considering her unwillingness to promote the advice of health experts. Irresponsible, shameful tweets like this do nothing to help people afflicted with the virus or the health care heroes who are working to save lives,” Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, said in a statement Saturday.
Leander, a Banner Health nurse of five years, said if given the opportunity she would walk Ward through the ICU at her hospital to the bedside of some of her coronavirus patients to see firsthand the impacts of the virus.
“I wish she could be in my shoes for a day, I’d have her put on a pair of scrubs and walk with me,” Leander told CNN.
CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji contributed to this report.