Sunday, October 18, 2020

Where WisGOP arrogance flows, COVID tends to follow

Due to Janesville being host to the latest Trump Superspreader Rally in Wisconsin, I wanted to go back to what happened to the last place that hosted a Trump rally in Wisconsin - Marathon County.

That event at the Mosinee airport was on September 15. So how's Marathon County's COVID scene since then?
And that "decline" in the last week? That's the total over 4 days, as the Wisconsin Dept of Health Services is undergoing website maintenance over this weekend and isn't updating numbers until maybe today.

So how has Rock County been doing in recent weeks, before it was "honored" with the attendance of a few thousand Trumpers last night?
Oh, that's not good either.

Also wanted to check in on another part of the state that has actively avoided dealing with COVID-19 - the largest GOP-voting county in the state, whose top elected leader said that there was no need to take any formal action against this pandemic.
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow made the following statement after Governor Tony Evers issued a statewide mandatory mask mandate on July 30, 2020.

“Waukesha County has an active and aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the community’s health and safety are my top priorities. However, the Governor’s Emergency Order to mandate mask-wearing goes too far. While Waukesha County supports and actively promotes masks and face coverings as a tool to stop the spread of the virus, a government mandate will create many more issues that will not only make it more difficult to respond to the pandemic, the unenforceability of the order undermines existing laws, and overreach from the state erodes public trust in the government.

“Today, our 911 dispatch center, Sheriff’s Department and other Waukesha County departments and divisions are already receiving calls from residents concerned about this order, and we expect that to intensify when it goes into effect on Saturday and individuals begin to report others to law enforcement.

“I want to urge all members of the community NOT to call 911 to report individuals who do not properly follow the mask mandate. We need to preserve emergency response resources that are already taxed as we work to manage this pandemic, we need to ensure that local law enforcement is not reallocated from other areas to enforce this order, and we need to recognize that there are individuals who, for a number of reasons including health conditions, may not be able to safely wear a mask.

“The unfortunate fact is that the biggest impact will be on our local business owners and their employees who may be put in the uncomfortable position of enforcing the Governor’s order. Private businesses should have the flexibility to implement their own rules on mask usage in their establishments, it should not be their role to enforce government orders.

So how's Waukesha County been doing as COVID hammers the state?
Again, that record number for last week? It's only 4 days, not 7.

And if you wanted more proof that Karma is real. Sorry GOPs, you are not special, and you cannot pretend this virus doesn't exist. And because you refuse to admit this reality, maybe you shouldn't be in charge of anything for a while.

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