Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) may not yet have achieved the media ubiquity of other well-known extremist Republican legislators like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), or Jim Jordan (R-OH), but one look at his Twitter feed — filled with anti-mask and anti-vaccine rants with a sprinkling of calls for the elimination of sensible gun regulations — proves that he is just as doctrinaire as the rest of the right-wing GOP congressional mafia.
Rep. Massie briefly made a splash on social media last month when he tweeted out this attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, that contained a meme featuring a quote falsely attributed to the 18th-century French philosopher, Voltaire.
You mustn’t question Fauci, for he is science. pic.twitter.com/KnqCcPXWSe
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 30, 2022
Unfortunately for Massie, as CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale set him straight:
“There is no record of Voltaire ever uttering these words. The quote is commonly attributed to Kevin Alfred Strom, a neo-Nazi who pleaded guilty in 2008 to possession of child pornography. Strom uttered a similar quote during a virulently antisemitic 1993 radio broadcast.”
While tweeting quotes from neo-Nazis seems to be perfectly acceptable among Republican politicians these days, a new tweet from Rep. Massie is causing a commotion online because of its exceptionally poor grasp of the concept of causality.
Here’s what Massie posted on Twitter this morning:
Over 70% of Americans who died with COVID, died on Medicare, and some people want #MedicareForAll ?
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 9, 2022
While I haven’t actually checked the statistics, we can be fairly certain that almost 100% of Americans who died with COVID, died with their heads still attached to their bodies.
Somehow that fact has not led to a rush of people attempting to sever their heads.
Congressman Massie’s faulty logic naturally garnered its share of snarky responses on social media.
Yes, obviously medicine is what killed them. They’d clearly have been better off if they had just gone to a feed store and load it up on ivermectin. pic.twitter.com/WwUOad1v57
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 9, 2022
100% of Americans who died with COVID breathe oxygen, and some people want to keep breathing? https://t.co/jQZ3QCcZTX
— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) February 9, 2022
Also 100% of people on Medicare eventually die.
— Rachel Larris (@RachelLarris) February 9, 2022
Which is remarkable, considering the competition for that title.
— Ody: Free Man, Fierce Patriot, Pleasant Sadist (@BlueStarCaptain) February 9, 2022
So, because many people who died of Covid were over 65, you are making the correlation that Medicare kills?
Maybe stick to quoting Nazis. pic.twitter.com/AZYqiYLKl4
— Leslieoo7 (@Leslieoo7) February 9, 2022
Over 70% of Americans who died with COVID were taken to hospital in a gas powered vehicle; switching to EVs would ensure no one dies from COVID.
— Piyush Mittal (@piyushmittal) February 9, 2022
Thousands of people die from drunk drivers a year and get some people still want drivers’ licenses????!!!!
— 2024 DNC OPERATIVE (@NewDealFan) February 9, 2022
If Congressman Massie continues to post tweets as ridiculous as his poorly envisioned post about COVID and Medicare, he may soon join the big leagues among the most insidious Republican lawmakers.
Let’s hope that the people of Kentucky come to their senses and vote Massie out of office in the mid-terms to restore some semblance of sanity and intelligence to their congressional delegation.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.