Republicans keep putting their asininity right out there for everyone to see.
It’s no longer shocking to see Republican elected officials say absurd, aggressively ignorant or downright outlandish hokum to reporters or post comparable malarkey on social media.
The USA has come too far for that. No, no… that’s not quite right… The USA has regressed too far for that.
So when Republican office holders utter absurdities and downright falsehoods, it’s just another day with yet another disturbing comment from a politician of the humanity-devoid, hate-filled, donor-coddling GOP stripe.
With all the BS from the inane campaign leading up to the 2020 election, the biggest Big Lie in the history of the republic and the violent insurrection on January 6, 2021, we’ve been knocked WAY out of the shock realm.
Every once in a while they still have the ability to surprise.
Such was the case this week when Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican from Wisconsin, said Dr. Anthony Fauci “over-hyped” the dangers of COVID-19 and claimed the scientist did the same with AIDS in the 1980s.
As Fauci himself noted in this CNN interview with Jake Tapper following Johnson’s comments –
“How do you respond to something as preposterous as that? Over-hyping AIDS? It’s killed over 750,000 Americans and 36 million people worldwide. How do you over-hype that? Over-hyping COVID? It’s already killed over 780,000 Americans and over 5 million people worldwide. So I don’t have any clue of what (Johnson is) talking about.”
Just to establish the man’s bona fides, Fauci is the director of the National Institutes for Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He has served as a scientific, medical and infectious disease advisor under seven presidents and is currently President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor. In addition, Fauci received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his leadership during the AIDS crisis, from a Republican.
Fauci clearly doesn’t need some blogger to defend his integrity, intelligence or qualifications.
Johnson, meanwhile, is obviously an idiot and hideous human being.
To borrow the words of a healthcare professional and friend for whom I have tremendous respect –
“That discounts the experiences of the millions of people who have died and all their families and friends, and the healthcare professionals who have been working so hard to take care of them. It’s not just insulting; it’s cruel.”
As offensive as Johnson was, the eventual silver winner in the Republican Moron of the Week Games was right on his tail. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia, in a gibberish-soaked string of tweets, attempted to compare COVID-19 deaths to annual deaths caused by cancer and said flat out that infection mitigation efforts are attempts at “government control.”
Apparently the meaning of “communicable disease” has never taken hold with Rep. Greene.
Ben Greenman’s response was spot on –
“If we had a cancer vaccine that was 90 percent effective, I’m pretty sure that most people would get it.”
Rep. Greene will never get it. Clearly. (More reasons Greene’s tweetstorm is drivel.)
There are other examples – Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is always in the running with some sort of absurdity – but we could be here forever. Every. Single. Week.
If only someone could impress upon these bunkum-slinging Republicans that they need to be less communicable. That would be something.
Barring that, could we at least have a wheelbarrow?
You know, for hauling away all the GOP bullshit.
That would truly be something.
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