The beacons have been lit, the bells rung, and underpaid urchin couriers dispatched across America by the oligarchy that yearns to see the capital flow once more.
Their message to their minions is clear: it is time to begin emphatically pushing for an end to the COVID-19 lockdowns, no matter the human cost that they openly acknowledge will be high.
As gun-toting psychos storm statehouses across the country and preposterous Trump administration apologia fill op-ed sections of our nation’s biggest newspapers, militant propagandists are both figuratively and literally taking their mask off to declare that enough is enough and they are bored and want to things back to normal now!
Bethany S. Mandel, self-described homeschool mom, and contributor to right-wing media company Ricochet — and whose husband happens to be the executive editor of conservative publication the Washington Examiner — set off a firestorm on social media this afternoon when she dared the world to call her a “Grandma Killer” for wanting the lockdowns to end.
Doesn’t mean it won’t be done responsibly but I am just. I am done. I feel lied to about the terms of this lockdown and I regret ever trusting that it would be done responsibly.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 6, 2020
Mandel is infamous for penning an article for the Forward entitled “We Need To Begin Befriending Neo-Nazis” and for visiting Donald Trump at the White House for a Hannukkah celebration just weeks after his promotion of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories helped provoked a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.
It is truly remarkable to see the bootstraps and austerity crowd suddenly begin throwing tantrums two months into not being able to abuse service staff at restaurants or leave their misbehaving children in the care of someone else.
These quarantine protocols and lockdowns are there to protect the most vulnerable members of our society from a horrifyingly brutal disease. They are not there to make other people comfortable, as Bethany would have you believe, it is to save them from death.
Social media immediately erupted in derision and mockery of the “Grandma Killer,” as her tweet quickly racked up 4,000 responses as the world sought to set the record straight.
Here’s a selection of the best responses:
I don't call Bethany Mandel "Grandma Killer" because she wants to end her quarantine prematurely. I call her Grandma Killer because she and her husband Seth partied with Trump at the White House a few weeks after the Tree of Life shooting.
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) May 6, 2020
I don't want to blow your mind but a lot of teachers, doctors, dentists, museum and zoo employees, and restaurant workers are also grandparents, so you're not a grandma killer so much as an all-around selfish entitled jackass
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) May 6, 2020
some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
some call me the gangster of love
some people call me grandma killer
cause of speak of the pompatus of zoos
— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 6, 2020
To be honest, "grandma killer" doesn't do justice to "Nazi-chummy" pic.twitter.com/3ewOnfVn1j
— Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) May 6, 2020
This is what an entitled, privileged, out of touch, selfish, whiny person looks like. https://t.co/V0AnFJgBFC
— mohammed missouri (@hammodimissouri) May 6, 2020
The strain of being trapped together with her husband Seth Mandel really exposed Bethany's dark side. I took her only seven weeks to go from "the elderly and vulnerable deserve protection" to "you can call me Grandma killer". pic.twitter.com/V6A7f9e8WR
— Oliver Darko (@oliver_drk) May 6, 2020
From "save our seniors" to "call me a grandma killer" in less than 8 weeks. This lady is historically deranged on this little website, but feels like more people are just going to throw up their hands and get back to work soon. https://t.co/IZ2gIiuryp
— Matt Bors (@MattBors) May 6, 2020
the grandma killer tweet is probably the most selfish thing ive seen in years. as someone who lost a family member to covid19 this week i cannot even begin to think how someone negotiates calling themself "grandma killer"
— jay | nyc & ☁️ (@jaydestro) May 6, 2020
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.