500,000 Dead Americans, Zero Apologies From Colorado GOP

Having officially passed the tragic milestone of half a million Americans dead, we can say with certainty today that the COVID-19 pandemic was not a “psyop.”

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams got it wrong:

“I’m going to rant just a bit,” wrote Reams on Facebook. “I understand that nobody wants to catch Coronavirus but statistically, even if you catch it you’re likely to be just fine. [Pols emphasis] What I’m concerned with is our Country catching a huge case of socialism. We (our government) has self imposed an economic crash in the name of saving us from a virus and now they are offering the “solution” through money that isn’t really available; let’s call that debt. If you read the attached article, examine what is being suggested and ask yourselves if this is makes sense. Maybe it’s just me but I’d rather take my risk with the virus then socialism.”

So did Reams’ buddy, Colorado GOP chairman Rep. Ken Buck:

Fauci and his team insisted that the best-case outcome for the virus was between 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities stemming from the coronavirus. But that was before the number was revised down to 75,000. And, that was before it was revised down again to 60,000. Surely, more revisions are to come… [Pols emphasis]

Play this nine infuriating seconds of video:

 

Remember former House Minority Leader Patrick Neville downplaying the threat in the most offensive terms:

Describing the metro area’s stay-at-home order as “outlandish and outrageous,” leading to a “gestapo-like mentality,” Colorado’s Republican House leader vowed Wednesday to fight it, ignore it, and continue doing his job.

“It’s completely insane,” said Colorado House Republican leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock this morning on KNUS’ Peter Boyles show, as first reported by 9News. “I think we have — what? — something like 40 people, maybe it’s 80 people, somewhere in that range, who have actually been hospitalized…” [Pols emphasis]

And a joke now ex-Sen. Cory Gardner told last August that did not age well:

“My 8-year-old son came to me and said, ‘Dad, I know when the pandemic ends.’ And I said, ‘You do?’ He says, ‘Yes, the day after the election.’ [Pols emphasis] Now, he picked that up somewhere or heard that somewhere, or maybe mom and dad were talking too much around him,” Gardner told a laughing crowd.

If we had the time and inclination, we could write a book just about Republicans in Colorado who made tragicomic fools of themselves by disregarding the danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning of the crisis. Had these politicians only endangered their own safety, recounting their stupidity in hindsight would involve more comedy and less tragedy. Unfortunately, it is this willful disregard for public health and safety for the purpose of election-year posturing on the part of Republicans that has led directly to the United States suffering more illness and death from COVID-19 than any other nation.

None of them have said they were sorry. Most of them never will. As a nation we may be too numbed and fatigued to be outraged. But everyone who scoffed at this possibility owes an apology now that this once-unthinkable death toll from COVID-19 is a reality.

At long last, have they no shame?

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  1. bullshit! says:

    Cory Gardner paid with his career. Too many of these other SOBs will skate and that's a tragedy too.

    Ken Buck is a crime against humanity.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Any apology would ring hollow to me.

    I'd be more satisfied if they would acknowledge the illnesses and deaths, and stop efforts to undermine public health measures. Denver Post reported in a Feb. 20 article,

    Republicans in the Colorado legislature, who this week again made clear their intent to try to curtail the governor’s unprecedented authority and hand some power back to other policymakers. Four GOP bills to this effect have been introduced already, and lawmakers say more are likely coming.

    “One of the most basic, fundamental bedrocks of our republic is representative government,” said Sen. Rob Woodward, a Loveland Republican who is sponsoring a bill designed to protect small businesses from being ordered to close if and when big-box stores can stay open.

    • gertie97 says:

      I have sympathy for small businesses vs the box boxes. Walmart, Home Depot and others are cavalier, so say the least, about mask-wearing while small businesses are under siege. Perhaps Woodward might act to help small businesses in his county by persuading his local sheriff to cite the big boxes for non-compliance.

       

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    This won’t end well…

    “It’s very important especially for us as Republicans to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy,” 

    ~GOP Rep. Liz Cheney (today)

  4. Ahlmi Crap says:

    BS article that seeks to perpetuate & politicize the virus lie. By the CDC's own admission, less than 6% of the "reported" Covid "mortalities" were due to not from the virus. Any moron knows that viruses are not only non-selective but also politically incognizant. To imply political, ideological association, blame or consequence represents a complete and utter illiteracy.

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