As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the country and kills more Americans along the way, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) is busy not doing his damn job and making the crisis worse by downplaying the danger.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has already sent the Senate home for the weekend. So while House Democrats worked late over the weekend to pass a crucial coronavirus emergency bill, Cornyn was sitting on his a** on the taxpayer dime.
Specifically, he was drinking a Corona beer and pretending the pandemic isn’t a big deal.
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 14, 2020
This particularly enraged humanitarian and celebrity Chef José Andrés, who responded by appropriately ripping Cornyn a new one.
Senator @JohnCornyn you are disgrace to the great state of Texas….people are dying, people are scare, they don’t need bad jokes, but smart policy, an empathy, and reassuring them that they will be tested, that wil not be evicted from their homes….. https://t.co/h28jiLIRSX
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) March 15, 2020
As did other Twitter users.
We need people to take this seriously so that older people don’t die. You are doing absolutely the worst thing you can do. Please, please please stop this.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 14, 2020
Democratic House passed necessary emergency measures to get free tests, ensure treatment, cover lost wages for hourly workers for all affect by coronavirus: keeping US safe and prosperous. It is not law yet, because Republicans Senate is on vacation sipping Corona.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) March 14, 2020
Why isn’t he working today?
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) March 14, 2020
Hilarious. That’s not a beer glass, #coronavirus was never a hoax, and you’re not going to be a senator much longer. Yuck it up.
— Anita Creamer (@AnitaCreamer) March 14, 2020
Senator Cornyn, Americans are dying while you make jokes.
— Adam Rifkin ? (@ifindkarma) March 14, 2020
In 60 days, when US mortalities peak, I’ll retweet this gem from Cornyn to compare to the death toll.
He took a 3-day break while the House worked until 1 a.m. to pass a bill to keep households solvent & soften the economic blow.
— Monty ??Flatten The Curve?? Boa (@MontyBoa99) March 14, 2020
@JohnCornyn Sir- a lot of seniors are following your lead, in restaurants, diners, shopping centers, & at the bar.
Many of them will die as this virus continues to spread through our communities.
Your refusal to take this seriously is adding to the threat
— Rose von Perbandt (@MiraclesArt) March 14, 2020
People have been panicking because of the terrible response to the outbreak from the beginning by the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress who sought to minimize the severity of the crisis and failed to prepare properly for it before it came to our shores. Many Republicans have even been going into hiding instead of taking actions that will truly help America weather the pandemic. Cornyn is one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the Senate. He should have been pushing McConnell to pass earlier legislation passed by the House that would have gotten help to Americans sooner. Instead, he did nothing, and he’s still doing nothing as evidenced by his photo.
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