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The GOP Has Successfully Politicized Masks, COVID Data Collection, and Now, School Opening

July 15, 2020

My neck is hurting from a recent head spinning declaration from the White House. After months of declaring that wearing masks is optional the POTUS has decided that wearing them is now mandatory. I fully expect him to tweet in a day or two that that’s what he meant all along and the media just twisted his words or quoted him out of context.

The POTUS and the GOP politicized mask wearing, now they are doing the same with the collection of data and the opening of school. In all three cases they are not bucking the “libtards”, the “Deep State bureaucrats”, or “the teachers union”… they are bucking a virus that does not care if one is a Democrat, a longstanding government employee, or a public union member.
The GOP’s fight to reopen schools is characterized in the extreme by Louisiana Senator John Kennedy who, during a Fox News interview on Monday said:

“America’s going through a rough patch right now. Some people seem to be enjoying it. Maybe they just hate America. Maybe they just enjoy watching the world burn. I think some are liking the chaos because they think it gives them a political advantage. Part of that chaos is caused by school’s closing. For our kids, we need to open them,” Kennedy said.

“There are some people who want to keep our schools closed because they think it gives them a political advantage. They are using our kids as political pawns. To them I say, unashamedly, that they can kiss my a**,” he said. The GOP lawmaker noted, however, that there are some people who have “good faith” disagreements with his position.

On the same day that Senator Kennedy blamed “people who just enjoy watching the world burn” for “liking the chaos because they think it will give them a political advantage” an Axios-Ipsos poll revealed that 71% of Americans—including 53% of Republicans—think it is risky to send their children back to school.
My hunch is that 53% of Republican parents who want to send their children back to school have “good faith” disagreements with the good Senator but the others are “people who just enjoy watching the world burn”… but then maybe I’M guilty of politicizing the opening of schools when I think that way….
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