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Americans have been voting during flu season for centuries and they even voted during the Civil War, but some believe it was ‘too dangerous’ to vote with coronavirus hanging around.
That includes an angry constituent of Robin Vos, the Republican speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly.
On Thursday he received a package filled with dog excrement for earlier declaring that it was safe to vote in the state’s primaries in early April.
The thing is, though, he made the public declaration dressed in full PPE gear — mask, gown, and gloves.
“They gave us the PPE, it’s mandatory to wear it, so we are here today making sure we do everything safely. I think it’s a testament to the people who have really thought about this election,” he said in a Facebook video last month.
“They have very minimal exposure. Actually there’s less exposure here than you would get if you went to the grocery store, or you went to Wal-Mart, or if you did any of the many things we have to do to live in the state of Wisconsin,” he continued.
“So I’m super proud of the job that they did, and I am glad that we are able to have the election,” he added, saying that he and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, “agreed that the election had to happen.”
Nevertheless, not all Wisconsinites agreed.
After getting the package of dog waste, a picture of which he posted on Facebook, Vos added a note calling for political civility.
“I understand people are stressed because of the virus and not sure exactly how to react. Sending someone dog poop in the mail (as was done to me yesterday) is pretty sad,” he wrote, adding:
For those on the right – know I and my fellow GOP legislators are doing everything we can to prepare for the next phase after the lawsuit (which we will hopefully win). Please don’t turn your anger at the very people who are your allies in getting our state working again.
For those on the left – no one in the GOP wants to kill anyone and we worry about friends, family and co workers who could succumb to the virus. Yelling at people doesn’t win an argument. Neither does name calling.
“We can respectfully disagree. We can argue. We can even yell on occasion. But if yelling, swearing, accusing others is your go to response, you need to seriously think about your anger and how to resolve that issue. Can we just get back to debating the issues civilly and stop the name calling?” Vos noted further. “That’s the political system I want to be a part of.”
Worse, the package of poo arrived “Postage Due” — so Vos had to cough up an additional $1.05.
In a Facebook comment, Vos noted that the sender did not “have the courage to put their own [address] down.”
In terms of COVID-19 infection and death rates, Wisconsin is middle-of-the-road, according to WorldMeters, with 9,590 and 384 respectively, as of this writing — which means, of course, that there were far fewer cases a month ago.
The media has been blamed for whipping up irrational fear of coronavirus. Dr. Drew Pinsky recently called out the media, in general, for “absolutely reprehensible” coverage.
“They’re creating a panic that is far worse than the viral outbreak,” he said on Larry O’Connor’s podcast, “Examining Politics,” in March. “The bottom line everybody is, listen to [Dr.] Anthony Fauci of [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. Do what he tells you and go about your business. That’s the story.”
President Trump has also blasted the media and Democrats for creating panic over the virus.
“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, ‘The risk is low to the average American,’” he tweeted March 9.
A recent survey found that 16 percent of Americans said they’ll never be comfortable going out in public again, even after the virus subsides, while 40 percent said they will actively avoid public places unless it’s “absolutely necessary” for at least a while following the pandemic.
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