Coronavirus isn’t the only pandemic gripping the United States as each new day brings further proof that a large portion of our country is suffering from a plague of stupidity. Republicans have managed to politicize COVID-19 so badly that large parts of the GOP base are gripped with anti-vaccine hysteria. Misinformation has become so mainstream on the right that GOP officials are afraid to speak frankly about the science for fear of angering their ignorant voters.
According to healthcare analyst Charles Gaba, in counties where Trump won at least 70% of the vote in 2020 “COVID-19 has killed about 47 out of every 100,000 people since the end of June.” In areas where Trump received less than 32% of the vote, the number is closer to 10 in every 100,000. In other words, COVID has largely become a MAGA virus. Recognizing this salient fact, one might expect Republican politicians to amend their rhetoric so that they don’t inadvertently kill off their voters. But these lunatics show no signs of improving.
This morning, far-right radical Rep. Lauren Boebert whipped up a tweet clearly aimed at her anti-vax followers. She said that she woke up with a “headache” and took some Tylenol, joking that “everyone else” should take Tylenol as well so that hers will finally “start working.”
The implication in Boebert’s tweet appears to be that encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine is silly if you’ve already gotten vaccinated yourself. It’s a popular talking point in conservative circles that completely ignores the fact that unvaccinated people can still spread the virus and breakthrough cases do exist. More to the point, headaches aren’t contagious.
If you choose not to get the vaccine you are making a choice to possibly spread COVID-19 to someone else. Lives are at stake here and people like Boebert are ignoring that reality to score cheap partisan points.
I woke up with a headache this morning. I took some Tylenol. Now if everyone else could take some Tylenol too so mine would start working, that would be great. pic.twitter.com/LaaNHhaokn
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) September 27, 2021
The tweet backfired in a big way as users rushed to dogpile the Congresswoman.
imagine being this proud of being this stupid
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) September 27, 2021
This seems like a good time to point out that Tylenol is more dangerous and less effective than COVID vaccines https://t.co/5VRM80kbIP
— David Juurlink (@DavidJuurlink) September 27, 2021
Oh you dumb for real real. I thought it was just a gag https://t.co/xVzf0iNOH1
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) September 27, 2021
Headaches aren't contagious.
How did you get the Tylenol bottle open?
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) September 27, 2021
— Matt McMuscles (@MattMcMuscles) September 27, 2021
You woke up with a headache because critical thought is a struggle for someone with your limitations.
— Frank Campanello (@sportsgeek19) September 27, 2021
Maybe stop binge drinking.
— Vinnie Longobardo (@VLongobardo) September 27, 2021
I hope you are joking.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) September 27, 2021
@laurenboebert seriously be honest for once in your life. Did you actually take your GED or did you pay someone to take it for you.
— remmy robertson (@remmy_robertson) September 27, 2021
Your headache is probably caused by the several hours it took you to work out that tortuous and inaccurate analogy. It would be cured by just listening to the doctors and public health experts.
— Tom Coates (@tomcoates) September 27, 2021
We know you didn’t take any Tylenol, because there’s no way you got the bottle open.
— InsurrectionHasConsequences (@YouBraindead) September 27, 2021
The science department at Trump University was severely underfunded.
— Twice-Impeached, One-Term Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) September 27, 2021
Tylenol doesn't treat brain worms
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) September 27, 2021
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