I mean, I hate to bring up the whole Florida Man thing but….
Last Wednesday, Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL) wore a gas mask on the floor of the House to ridicule funding efforts to combat the coronavirus. On Friday, one of his constituents died from the virus. And today it was learned that he may have contracted the virus himself with exposure at CPAC. And for good measure, Gaetz flew with Trump on Air Force One today, possibly (hopefully) exposing Trump to the virus.
This is after Gaetz made fun of the virus with this stunt:
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz donned a gas mask on March 4 while he voted on a bill that would dedicate billions of dollars to combating coronavirus as concerns rise over the spread of the disease.
“Reviewing the coronavirus supplemental appropriation and preparing to go vote,” Gaetz tweeted with a picture of himself wearing a gas mask while looking at a piece of paper before the vote.
Bernie really draws some of the worst people in the world to his side. And, no, not every Sanders supporter is a petulant, brainwashed, cult member who cares nothing about society and everything about an individual candidate. This is shaping up to be a lot like 2016 all over again.
With little time to reverse the course of the Democratic primary, leftist and independent-minded critics of Joe Biden have ramped up insinuations about the former vice president’s mental state, going so far as to insist that the matter will doom the party in the general election.
The attacks are remarkable not just for the degree they copy the current Republican playbook against Biden but for how they take a topic that was taboo in past cycles and—without any verification—make it a centerpiece of efforts to blunt his momentum. Coming after the former VP wrested the lead from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) following the primaries on Super Tuesday, it suggests that the closing chapter of the Democratic primary could turn into a deeply personal and politically nasty affair.
Indeed, some Sanders supporters have been blunt about their desire to gin up chatter about Biden’s mental state to derail him. In an episode of the popular leftist podcast Chapo Traphouse released Thursday, the hosts openly discussed how best to use the “senility” attack against the former vice president.
“I’m sorry, he’s senile… his brain is not all there,” Chapo co-host Will Menaker said.
Yep, exactly like 2016.