The coronavirus is proving to be something of a litmus test for the political ideologies of our elected officials. Those advocating for social distancing and a cautious approach to economic reopening are proving that they care about the health and safety of Americans first and foremost.
Those pushing for a dangerous, premature end to shelter at home orders are revealing themselves to be either mouthpieces for the bloody thirsty plutocrat eager to resume business even at the cost of human lives, or simply ignorant fools unable to recognize the severity of this pandemic.
The crown for “Most Shamelessly Apathetic” to possibly higher mortality rates has been batted back and forth between numerous right-wing hacks over the past few weeks but now Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, an Independent, has come roaring into first place to seize that ignominious title.
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Goodman offered to use Las Vegas as a “control group” to see if loosening pandemic regulations and cutting back on social distancing will actually increase mortality rates (as any healthcare professional or epidemiologist will emphatically tell you it will). The stunning comments came after Cooper correctly stated that social distancing is the reason why infection numbers aren’t higher.
“How do we know until we have a control group?” Mayor Goodman responded, blissfully blasting her ignorance out to the entire world. “We offered to be a control group. Anybody who knows anything about statistics knows, that for instance, you have a vaccine, you give the real vaccine…”
“You’re offering the citizens of Las Vegas to be a control group to see if your theory on social distancing works or doesn’t?” Cooper said, clearly stunned by the proposal.
“I did offer. It was turned down,” Goodman said. She then seemed to realize how truly unhinged she sounded and quickly backtracked. “No, no, no, wrong! Absolutely wrong. Don’t put words in my mouth.”
Anderson pushed her to explain herself, and she once again admitted that she offered to use her city as a control group but a “statistician” told her she couldn’t do such a thing because citizens from other parts of Nevada not under her jurisdiction come into Las Vegas to work.
Goodman went on to say she wishes her city could be a “placebo” to test virus statistics and Cooper pointed out that the test group who receives the placebo “usually gets the short end of the stick.”
“Well, you don’t know. How do you know when…if you’re in part of that group?” Goodman responded, once again making it clear how little she understands this crisis.
Cooper then cut to the heart of the matter by asking her directly if she would be inside casinos every night if they opened, putting her life at risk the same way the workers would be. She gave some boilerplate comments about how long she has lived in Vegas before stating that she has “a family and she cooks a meal every night.” Apparently, her loved ones are more important than those of casino workers.
Watch the bizarre interaction below.
Las Vegas Mayor offers city as "control group", "we offer to be a control group" to see how many people die without social distancing. pic.twitter.com/NESE2hActE
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 22, 2020
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