Irony has been dead for quite some time and we miss her, but Lady Karma has stepped up in her place. Texas Congressman and anti-masker Louie Gohmert has tested positive for COVID-19 and so that throws the kabash on his plans to accompany Donald Trump on his trip to Texas. Plus, as an extra added bonus, Bill Barr will now be tested for coronavirus, because he was paling around with Gohmert in the hall before they went into the congressional hearing.

My criminal law professor described the difference between negligence, gross negligence and criminal negligence thusly: “It’s the difference between being a fool, a damn fool and a goddamn fool.” Gohmert is the third category of fool, flying blindly in the face of catastrophe, somehow believing himself to be omnipotent. The virus can never touch him, the voices in his head tell him. And he’s not the only GOPer in the House that is flagrantly irresponsible. Jerry Nadler had to correct a few others at Tuesday’s hearing. Politico:

“I would remind Mr. Jordan, Mr. Biggs and Mr. Johnson to stop violating the rules of the committee,” Nadler said, referring to Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs and Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson, three GOP lawmakers. “To stop violating the safety of the members of the committee. To stop holding themselves out as not caring by refusing to wear their masks.”

“Is it permissible to drink a sip of coffee?” one of the members asked.

“It is not permissible,” replied Nadler.

In a tweet, Nadler wrote, “I want to wish ⁦@replouiegohmert⁩ a full & speedy recovery. When individuals refuse to take the necessary precautions it puts everyone at risk. I’ve regularly instructed all Members to wear their masks and hope this is a lesson by all my colleagues.”

This will only exacerbate Trump’s arrival in Texas. The Editorial Board of the Houston Chronicle has a few choice words for him, as he wings his way to Texas.

“When you visited Dallas back on June 11, Texas was leading the stampede to reopen for business, spurred on by Gov. Greg Abbott’s aggressive plans and your administration’s false assurances that the outbreaks were ‘under control/ At the time, the United States had reported a little more than 2 million confirmed cases and almost 114,000 deaths. Texas was reporting about 85,000 cases and 2,000 deaths. Seven weeks later, as Air Force One descends on the Lone Star State, the United States has more than 4 million cases. America is closing in on 150,000 dead — nearly the population of Midland.”

“One important thing you could do on your visit, Mr. President, is to make an unequivocal commitment to improved testing, social-distancing and getting your followers in the Republican Party to give up their rebellion to Gov. Abbott’s face-mask order,” the Board writes. “We are almost certain you won’t, but that would be a good start to something resembling leadership.”

Once again in the Trump administration, the bar has been lowered. Texans aren’t asking for leadership, they’ll settle for “something resembling” it. Well, at least they’re grounded in reality, making minimal and modest demands. Got to give them that much. And they also tell Trump not to take the state for granted. Very sobering when the jewel in the Republican crown, bright red Texas, 38 electoral votes, count ’em, tells a sitting GOP president* to not take the state for granted. This is a case of first impression, so far as I know. Could it be that the perennial wet dream of the Democratic party will come true and Texas will flip blue in November? Oh, be still my beating heart.

 

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25 Comments on "Louie Gohmert Tests Positive For COVID-19, Worries Abound That He Infected Bill Barr"

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Lone Wolf
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Louie Gohmert Tests Positive For COVID-19, Worries Abound That He Infected Bill Barr.

Who’s worried??? *hee hee, smirk smirk*

p j evans
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I’d worry more about Louie’s staff, who have had far more exposure.

Lone Wolf
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They had to know what an asshole he is. just saying…

p j evans
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He apparently wouldn’t allow masks or working remotely, and insisted on having a full staff in the office.

Bareshark
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Who indeed, Wolf. While I wish Barr no such pain from COVID 19, I shall also shed no tears over his catching such.

Lone Wolf
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I won’t ‘say’ it, but people like that deserve what’s coming to them.
Especially from the virus that never was, as they all like to pretend.
But I just said it anyway.

Bareshark
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Yeah, it’s like this turn of phrase I heard from Ron Marz once: “Don’t wait for me to say I’m sorry. Those little freaks had it coming.”

Cherl Harrell
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My thoughts, exactly.

Darrel
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Yes and actually, I find it incredible to believe his crew was not aware of his omnipotent attitude about wearing masks and proper hygiene …
People like that are ASKING specifically for their own bout with the Trump Virus …

Concinnity
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Louie Gohmert Tests Positive For COVID-19, HOPES Abound That He Infected Bill Barr.

Ilene Proctor
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It’s KARMA KASI. Gohmert is one of the most toxic GOP congressmen going. Emphasis on going. I’d suggest he take a Lysol and Clorox cocktail to double down on the cure. Thanks Trump for the perfect recipe.

Lone Wolf
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Yes butt that treatment is not complete without the UV light up his …

deea118
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Any of them refusing to wear a mask should be escorted out of the chamber. I’m SO sick of these slimy assholes!

Bareshark
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Hold this consolation close: nothing they can or will do will save them. And all of them are headed for one of three places: the ground, retirement or irrelevance.

underwriter505
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I believe irony was briefly resuscitated yesterday or today, when Matt Gaetz formally requested Bill Bar to investigate Mark Zuckerberg for anti-conservative bias.

anastasjoy
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Gaetz is trying SO hard to wrest the title of “America’s dumbest congressman” from Louie. I guess he was trying to be ready, should Louie succumb to Covid-19.

Denis Elliott
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So Louie the Louse is worried about Barr. Remember when Cheney was down in TX on some bigwigs hunting preserve and shot one of his hunting partners in the face? Not only did Cheney not apologize to the guy (I recall many years later reading the guy hadn’t gotten an apology) back at the time Mr. Whittington (I think that was his name – some bigwig Texas lawyer who was pretty old already when it happened) made a public statement in which HE apologized to Cheney. Something along the lines of being sorry for the trouble HE’D cause the Veep… Read more »
Carol O
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These guys probably don’t wash their hands before leaving the restroom either. It would fit their type.

Ilene Proctor
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How did Gohmert get it? It’s all in the Demon Semen. The toxic twigs that fell off the Trump Virus vine.

Scott Jackson
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Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

Bareshark
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Actually, Virginia, there IS a God.

William Murphy
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Louie the louse gohmert has the corona. There is a GOD. I hope this little clown gave the virus to his lousey family . I hope he really suffers. Vote out all republicans they are traitors.

p j evans
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His family doesn’t deserve it. Nor his staffers.