We should politicize the pandemic

Congressman-elect Luke Letlow of Louisiana died of COVID-19 on Dec. 29 at only 41 years old. Although dozens of members and staff in Congress have tested positive for the virus, he is the first elected federal official to die from it.

As soon as it happened, Republicans went on the lookout for anyone “politicizing” Letlow’s death, lest it reflect poorly on President Trump and the entire party.

Like Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.): “Hold on - now you don’t want anyone to politicize the pandemic?”

Like so many people, Cruz has been politicizing everything about the pandemic all along. To take just one example, in July Cruz predicted that if Joe Biden were to win the election, “I guarantee you the week after the election, suddenly all those Democratic governors, all those Democratic mayors will say, ‘Everything’s magically better, go back to work, go back to school,’” because “they will have accomplished their task” of “destroy(ing) people’s lives and livelihoods.”








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