The coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate with thousands of confirmed cases in the United States already and thousands more expected to fall ill in the coming days.
As the fallout from the virus grows worse and people find their lives disrupted in increasingly disturbing ways it would be great if we had political leadership we could rely on. Instead, we have a government riddled with ignorant and ill-intentioned Republicans from a local level all the way to the Oval Office. These individuals are terrible public servants during the best of times and now that we have a genuine crisis on our hands we are seeing the depths of their incompetence.
Donald Trump takes the crown for the worst Republican during this outbreak (as well as all the time). He started by calling the coronavirus outbreak a host, then refused to take any responsibility for what’s happening, and continues to engage in petty partisan Twitter attacks instead of focusing on the dire issues at hand. On top of all that, the virus response has been hamstrung by the fact that he decided to fire the CDC’s pandemic response team two years ago.
In addition to Trump’s more serious, dangerous mistakes we are seeing some downright embarrassing ones from other Republicans. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) took to Twitter today to demand that his followers “stop spreading stupid rumors about marshall law.” The correct term, of course, is martial law. There is no such thing as “marshall” law.
Twitter was quick to swarm the senator for his repeated typo with mockery and references from everything to Thurgood Marshall to Marshall Mathers. In the scheme of things the mistake is funny rather than terribly serious, but it is a reminder of how consistently clueless our Republican leaders are.
Please stop spreading stupid rumors about marshall law.
We will continue to see closings & restrictions on hours of non-essential businesses in certain cities & states. But that is NOT marshall law.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 16, 2020
Forgetting Sarah Marshall law
— the last of the wife guys (@TheSocietyDude) March 16, 2020
Marshall law? Is “Justified” coming back? https://t.co/IRz8lC2LpV
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 16, 2020
A leading GOP official thinks "martial" law is spelled "marshall" law -that sums up the idiocy that is the Trump GOP (BTW "Marshall Law" Sounds like a TV show on the USA network from the 2000's ) https://t.co/7qgaTQWKAx
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 16, 2020
Eminem's new album, Marshall Law, not slated for release at this time https://t.co/vzwR0kWCZL
— Lindsay Ellis (@thelindsayellis) March 16, 2020
Its Martial Law not Marshall Law, holy fuck this guy is a law maker…
We are so fucked America. https://t.co/4yKoXQ0Yfd
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) March 16, 2020
How was Marshall Law not an Eminem album?
— Michael Verdi (@manwitheyebrows) March 16, 2020
I knew he had a store, but didn’t realize he had a law too.
That Marshall, he’s a multitasker.
Marshall Law pic.twitter.com/yiCo9Rmeqc
— Linda Childers (@lindarchilders) March 16, 2020
Marshall Law was Marco Rubio's best friend in college and he would like you to stop bullying him by spreading rumors. https://t.co/lyTgo6SiOD
— Dan Baer (@danbbaer) March 16, 2020
Marshall law is trending… PEOPLE… its MARTIAL law… pic.twitter.com/WYZXn2j78s
— kanaanye (@NESNKanaanye) March 16, 2020
Marshall Law, i.e. rule by Marshall Steinbaum, is truly something to be feared https://t.co/3qYuNVAXDy
— Shutdowns in every state and every city, NOW (@Noahpinion) March 16, 2020
Who is this fellow Marshall Law everyone is talking about? Is he related to Jude Law?
Boy, if people don't stop talking about Marshall, he might want ask Trump to impose martial law so he can force everyone to leave Mr. Law alone.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 16, 2020
Can’t believe CBS never generated a spinoff of “Walker, Texas Ranger” or “Blue Bloods” about a sheriff named “Marshall Law.” https://t.co/QJ73pZZHMK
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 16, 2020