Granted, Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz has said some incredibly moronic things since arriving in Washington, but what he uncorked Sunday during an appearance on Fox News could well win some sort of award for sheer tinfoil-hat absurdity.
Specifically, Cruz told fellow conspiracy theorist Maria Bartiromo that President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is really just an attempt to distract the public from the administration’s policy to withdraw from Afghanistan, which was actually set in place by failed, one-term former President Donald Trump:
Actually, Ted, the reason for the vaccine mandate is very simple: It’s about saving lives. You, on the other hand, are completely content to let hundreds of thousands more Americans die a horrible death from COVID-19.
Ted Cruz has long been called the most hated man in the Senate. Listen to him talk for more than two seconds and you’ll know why even his Republican colleagues in the Senate think he’s an insufferable prick.
Novelist Stephen King has created some incredibly memorable villains in his books, but he doesn’t think Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has what it takes to be among them.
As King explained during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the novelist was asked about some of the tweets he’s sent out recently that were highly critical of DeSantis, and he made it clear that while the governor is certainly evil enough with his absurd COVID-19 policies, he doubts that the Floridian has enough brains to carry off any actual evil plans:
It should be noted that King — who is a native of Maine — now spends half the year in Sarasota, so he’s had a chance to observe DeSantis up close, and he’s not impressed, firing off tweets making it clear that he thinks the Florida governor is a few cans short of a six pack:
Or, to put it another way, consider what the AV Club had to say about DeSantis not being fit for a King novel. They pretty much hit the proverbial nail on the head:
“So that’s evil, but is it Stephen King evil? Not according to King, who greeted Colbert’s pitch for a future fictional Florida governor villain with the dismissive shrug of a guy who knows what makes a truly compelling antagonist. After all, your best Stephen King monsters (your Greg Stillsons, your Randall Flaggs) couple their nefarious machinations with a complexity of thought and more than a little charisma, whereas, in King’s authorial estimation, Florida is currently being led by a garden variety venal, callous dope, whose threadbare conservative posturing couldn’t sustain even the shortest tale of terror.”
But if you want to think of something truly terrifying, just imagine Ron DeSantis as president. Now THAT’S enough to give you nightmares.
Republicans, conservatives, and right-wingers simply cannot make up their feeble minds. They don’t want to wear protective face masks, but they also don’t want to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In other words, they want to pretend there’s no pandemic and hundreds of thousands of Americans haven’t already died. It’s almost as if they believe that if we ignore the virus, it’ll get its feelings hurt and go away.
Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House of Representatives will once again impose a mask mandate on all members of Congress and staffers. It’s an attempt to help control spread of COVID-19, especially since the dangerous Delta variant of the disease it wreaking havoc on the nation.
News of the mandate infuriated many House Republicans, including Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who took to the floor of the House and pitched a childish hissy fit, declaring:
As if that wasn’t unhinged enough, Roy was just getting warmed up, and he continued his rant, acting like a spoiled child who had just been told he had to go to bed instead of being allowed to stay up late:
Bo freaking hoo! Chip Roy isn’t getting his way, so he wants to shut down Congress so he can go back to Texas, sit at home, and get paid with taxpayer money. What a sweet deal that would be! Hell, most of us would love getting a salary of $174,000 a year with full benefits and a guaranteed pension plan to sit around and do nothing other than make speeches the way Roy and his GOP colleagues do.
The solution is simple: Either we all get vaccinated for the good of the country, or we get used to wearing masks. That the choice we face. Chip Roy needs to either man up or resign his seat in Congress.
Based on the things she’s said and done since she first announced she would be running for Congress, there are some things we already know about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA):
She’s willfully ignorant
She’s a shameless self-promoter
She has the common sense of wet burlap
She’s fond of conspiracy theories
But based on remarks Greene made Tuesday during a press conference held at her office, we can add another fact to what we know about the Georgia congresswoman: She’s a heartless asshole who doesn’t give two hoots in hell about anyone but herself.
It began when Greene told reporters:
Mediate reports that at Greene’s Tuesday presser, Tim Mitchell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked her:
Greene’s response was to begin laughing. Not just a chuckle, mind you, but a genuine maniacal laugh before she finally managed to reply:
Notice how she didn’t actually answer the question? She has no logical answer or fact to provide, so she resorts to a bullshit response that only serves to prove what a foolish and dangerous person she truly is.
Another reporter asked the congresswoman if she had been vaccinated, and Greene began spouting outright nonsense about how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prevented her from saying one way or the other on that query:
“Under HIPAA, healthcare providers may not provide medical information about patients to third parties without patient consent. It does not apply to individuals or entities who aren’t healthcare providers. Moreover, it is not a “violation” of the law to ask someone if they have been vaccinated.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene is a waste of flesh and oxygen. She’s also a heartless ghoul with blood on her hands.
As hospitalizations from COVID-19 in red states continue to skyrocket and the Biden administration urges Americans to get vaccinated as a way to prevent another wave of the deadly disease — this time as a result of the new Delta variant — right-wing media continues its assault on science and rational thought.
For weeks now, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been questioning the need for COVID vaccines, and now Rob Schmitt of Newmax has decided to join the misinformation brigade by proudly asserting that vaccines go “against nature” because diseases are supposed to “wipe out” a certain number of people.
Monday, Schmitt had this to say on the matter of disease and vaccines, according to Media Matters:
Admitting that he’s “not a doctor,” Schmitt then added:
However, if that was the case, children in this country would be dying by the hundreds of thousands each year from preventable diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough. Millions more would be paralyzed or die from polio. Is that what we want to see happen when we have ways of eliminating such childhood scourges?
In the case of coronavirus, misinformation is literally death. And while most of us believe everyone has a First Amendment right to express their opinion on any subject, that doesn’t mean it’s wise for so-called “news” networks to delude their viewers into being so cavalier with their health or the health of their loved ones.
If you can’t shout “fire!” in a crowded theater, then you damn well shouldn’t be minimizing the seriousness of a virus that has already killed over 600,000 Americans. To do so makes you complicit in adding to the death toll. That may not be a crime, but maybe it should be.