As the coronavirus crisis continues to worsen across the country, the Republican response has by and large been to try to normalize the mass infection, hospitalizations and deaths that regular Americans (but not them, of course) must suffer at the hands of the virus that the President and his cronies allowed to spread across the nation.
First they bitterly protested the lockdowns and quarantines, then tried to fight against the use of masks and began pushing for schools to re-open. The latest health crisis issue turned culture war battle is over college football, the 2020 season of which is in serious doubt as schools cancel their programs and students refuse to put their lungs at risk.
Rep. Ben Sasse (R-NE) sparked controversy this morning when he wrote a letter to the presidents of the “Big Ten” universities demanding that they play the college football season anyway despite the pandemic.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has drafted a letter that he plans to send to Big Ten presidents, identifying reasons why he believes college football should be played.@SINow obtained a copy.
Sasse is a former university president. pic.twitter.com/xrpRjiWREf
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 10, 2020
He was quickly joined by Rep. Jim “Gym” Jordan, who echoed that America “needs” college football.
America needs college football.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) August 10, 2020
In reality, the only people who “need” college football are the Republicans, who have entirely given up finding any solution to the coronavirus crisis and are desperately trying to make everyone believe that everything is fine. Even in normal circumstances, sports provide a blessed respite from the unceasingly soul-crushing pressures and petty tyrannies of living in American society, and the GOP now need it more than ever to distract the nation from the COVID-19 crisis — and keep them from focusing on the GOP’s role in deliberately exacerbating the crisis.
Social media immediately erupted in fury at Jim Jordan, who infamously looked the other way while former Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss sexually abused his students while Jordan was an assistant coach there. Having already proven that he doesn’t care about the wellbeing of his students, Jordan is the last person who should be advocating for college ball during a pandemic — as Twitter users were quick to remind him.
I’m shocked — SHOCKED! — that Jim Jordan wouldn’t care about the safety of student athletes. https://t.co/9QA89POwJY
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) August 10, 2020
shocking that Jim Jordan doesn't care about the welfare of college athletes
it's almost as if he stood by idly while countless college wrestlers were abused by their team doctor and his weirdo friends https://t.co/cIjsmLZp0w
— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) August 10, 2020
Imagine being the elected official who thinks risking the long-term health and wellfare of unpaid young (mostly black) men is what America “needs” during a pandemic— Oh wait. Never mind. This is entirely on brand for Jim Jordan. pic.twitter.com/uwEgEzqj8E
— andrewkarre (@andrewkarre) August 10, 2020
stay the hell out of the showers you sicko
— mike (getting worried) (@aniceburrito) August 10, 2020
oh, so NOW you choose to speak up on an issue affecting college athletes
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) August 10, 2020
— Matt Blakely (@mattwblakely) August 10, 2020
Apparently it's not only wrestlers that Jim Jordan is willing to put in danger.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 10, 2020
Why do you have such a boner for young men of color getting brain damage
— Anna 🏴☠️ (@verysmallanna) August 10, 2020
America needs Jim Jordan in jail for enabling sexual abuse on the wrestling team at Ohio State https://t.co/6db9Yd7PpH
— Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) August 10, 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.