House GOP Chief of Staff Goes Full-On “COVID Truther”

Colorado House GOP Chief of Staff Jim Pfaff.

As the Denver Post’s Conrad Swanson reports:

A prominent Colorado Republican is siding with several other high-profile personalities in attacking America’s response to the novel coronavirus.

Over the past several days, Jim Pfaff, chief of staff for the state House Republican caucus and a Woodland Park City Council candidate, has posted messages on Facebook and Twitter opposing social distancing measures, calling the closures of bars and restaurants “socialist” and mentioning a nationwide effort to “ban Trump rallies.”

…Early Monday, Pfaff posted on Facebook that he agreed with Republican Rep. Devin Nunes’ message encouraging people to go to local restaurants and pubs despite warnings from public health officials. on March 9, Pfaff shared on Twitter a clip from Fox Business anchor Trish Regan in which she accuses Democrats of using the coronavirus to create “mass hysteria to encourage a market sell-off” and to “demonize and destroy the president.”

Despite the fact that even President Donald Trump has stopped downplaying the threat of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and as Swanson reports Fox Business host Trish Regan was benched after she tried to politicize the measures belatedly taken to reduce the spread, Colorado House GOP House Chief of Staff Jim Pfaff didn’t get the memo that downplaying season is over! Every major point of misinformation, after all, inevitably has its faithful believers who never get the message that the proverbial war is over–or if they do, they don’t care. Given Mr. Pfaff’s track record, we feel like we can safely assume the latter is the case.

Speaking Darwinistically, Jim Pfaff is simply on the wrong side of time-honored theory of natural selection–and in this he is far from alone. With that said, it seems reasonable based on this epidemiological blind spot to question Pfaff’s fitness to serve as chief of staff for the Colorado House Republicans.

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  1. MichaelBowman says:

    Maybe these maroons could do a better job of coordinating their message? 

    NEWT GINGRICH: I AM IN ITALY AMID THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. AMERICA MUST ACT NOW—AND ACT BIG | OPINION

    These steps are not an overreaction. The coronavirus is out of control… 

    • Genghis says:

      Maybe, but it doesn't seem likely. For now, Pfatt Boy can just describe the Newsweek piece as "fake news."

    • spaceman65 says:

      Funny how Newt takes things seriously when they affect him.  He's right of course, but he definitely shoulders some of the blame for creating the political climate that allowed the trump admin to drag its feet and poo poo this for far too long, and ensure that more people would get sick and die than would have had the government stepped up in January when the danger was obvious.  

      • MADCO says:

        I thought he was going to mars? Can't he leave now?

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Typical neo-con response, right? You're against the ghey until one of your children comes out of the closet. You fight against embryonic stem cell research until you need it.  You fight marijuana legalization until your future son-in-law gets busted for minor possession and gets thrown in jail.  They are as predictable as the sunrise. 

      • Genghis says:

        Yes, that is indeed how scumbuckets roll. Oprah Winfrey has provided a ton of publicity for anti-vaxxism and other quackery, but landing in an emergency room with pneumonia last year has her pushing flu and pneumonia vaccines.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        Gardner is in self-quaratine for the next 14 days.  Was exposed in his Washington office.  Probably won't be much of a difference.  He has been social distancing for some time now.

      • notaskinnycook says:

        I hold Newty-tootie entirely responsible for the political climate we’re in. He started it back in ’94 with his Republican Revolution” and “permanent majority” crap, and it’s been sliding downhill ever since. There’s no good reason the stimulus bill is sitting in the Senate while Yertle the Turtle calls a holiday for senators. He’s making Amy McGrath’s job in November much easier.

  2. 2Jung2Die says:

    Pfaff is one of those ultra-valuable people in life, in that when he recommends something, the best course of action is to do the opposite.

    • NOV GOP meltdown says:

      Agree. And his message is one of the most irresponsible, selfish and uninformed ones I have seen concerning this virus. Blame China/blame socialism/blame the government doesn't solve the problem right now.  Very anti vaxxy, of no value, and stupid.

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    “We have always been at war with Eurasia Coronavirus” . . .

    (. . . or, why no semi-sentient being with even a gnat’s memory pretends to believe anything Ttump ever says):

    Trump Now Claims He Always Knew the Coronavirus Would Be a Pandemic

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/us/politics/trump-coronavirus.html

    I think I can remember once upon a time, a place called America, where the government could be sometimes trusted, and the world could often count on us to help provide solutions and reliable assistance with global problems?  . . .

    . . . maybe it was only a pleasant dream?

  4. MADCO says:

    Look – –
    Indiana?!

    Jim Pfaff was a 2016 Republican candidate for District 65 of the INdiana House of representatives.
    Pfaff sought election to the US House to represent the Indian 9th, before withdrawing to run (and lose) for the INdiana House.

    ~ Ballotpedia

    Why does anyone take Pfaff seriously?
    Why does anyone take Indiana seriously?

    Before I could vote, Indiana had 11 time zones. (look it up) And had to be ordered by the feds to do something less stoopid. Even then the Indiana legislature had to pass a veto proof law to get it done.

    Before I was born, Indiana tried to legislate the value of pi.

    Ask a bunch of people from Indiana What's a Hoosier? and the most common answer will be someone from Indiana. It's in the dictionary that way. (second most common will be  I dunno)

    I expect to see Pfaff and Nunes out and about, shaking hands and mixing it up with large groups. Just stay away form nursing homes and hospitals, gentlemen.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      If you were a real Hoosier, you'd know that the term Hoosier supposedly came from frontier days when somebody would come and knock on your door. The resident would say something like "whos here." 

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Oops. 

    Video emerges showing Trump talking about cutting pandemic team in 2018, despite saying last week 'I didn't know about it'

    A video has emerged of Donald Trump talking about cutting the US pandemic response team in 2018 – days after claiming that he knew nothing about the disbanded White House unit.

    Mr Trump said of the pandemic team that “some of the people we’ve cut they haven’t been used for many, many years and if we ever need them we can get them very quickly and rather then spending the money”.

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