COVIDIOTS: The Asinine Reason that CPAC Hosts Begged Reluctant Attendees to Wear Masks

It’s that time of year again. Yep, the COVID Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is getting underway in Orlando, Florida. And once again, the roster is jam-packed with ultra-rightist attention seekers like Ted “Cancun” Cruz, Matt “goofball” Gaetz, Lauren “QAnon” Boebert, Donald Trump (two of them), and a flock of phonies from Fox News.

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This year’s affair promises to be even more bat-guano crazy than years past with a bevy of panels dedicated to “The Stolen Election of 2020,” and “How to Genuflect Before the Golden Trump.” And the celebration began on a positive note as the hosts (American Conservative Union Executive Director Dan Schneider and CPAC Director Carly Patrick) welcomed the glassy-eyed cultists with a simple request:

Schneider: “At CPAC we talk about the Bill of Rights. But I also want to mention one thing. I know this might sound like a bit of a downer, but we also believe in property rights, and this is a private hotel. And we believe in the rule of law and we want to comply with the laws of this county that we’re in. But a private hotel, just like your own house, gets to set its own rules. Carly?
Patrick: “Well, as Dan mentioned, we are in a private facility and we do want to be respectful of the ordinances that they have as their private property so please, everyone, when you’re in the ballroom, when you’re seated, you should still be wearing a mask. So if everybody could go ahead and work on that.

At this point the audience erupted in outrage at being asked to behave responsibly during a deadly pandemic. The CPAC hosts then repeated their reminder, as if to children, that the hotel is private property and permitted to set their own rules. Notice that he didn’t ask the attendees to wear masks for the safety of themselves, other conferees, or those back home that they might infect. He wasn’t concerned about the prospect of people spreading disease and death. The only reason he gave for apologetically requesting that masks be worn was that the rules of the evil hotel must be followed.

Watching these two gingerly tip-toe around the notion that masks were required was a sad spectacle. And their attempt to persuade people that they knew were too stupid to grasp the real reasons for wearing masks was pitifully strained. They had to pretend that it was an issue stretching from the Bill Rights to the personal property rights of free American enterprise. Although somehow that reasoning was never relevant when the wearing of masks was objected to by grocery shoppers.

As for the law, this is the same crowd that has carried guns to protests in order to express their determination to disobey any law that imposed on their right to go maskless and transmit the coronavirus to anyone within the reach of their noxious breath.

Just like last year’s CPAC, as well as dozens of Trump rallies and other wingnut gatherings, this event figures to be another Super Spreader that will leave much illness and death in its toxic wake. Because that’s just how much they love the perverse image of what they think America stands for. And we can rely on Fox News to cover this pandemic party to the exclusion of any other news. It is, after all, the network that is most responsible for increasing the number of coronavirus fatalities.

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President Who? Fox News and Mitch McConnell Still Don’t Acknowledge that Trump Lost

Last November Joe Biden decisively won the presidential. He drew over eight million more votes than the loser Donald Trump, and a sweeping electoral college victory of 306 to 232. But despite that conclusive result, Trump spent months spewing incendiary allegations of an allegedly “stolen” election. His tirades were unarguably responsible for the deadly riots that occurred at the Capitol on January 6th.

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Now, even after widespread condemnation of Trump and his insurrectionist brigades, even after Biden’s inauguration, Trump and his Republican cult disciples continue to pretend that Biden is an illegitimate president and that Trump is the rightful head of state. And naturally, Fox News is enabling that delusional hero worship. Sean Hannity, tucker Carlson, and other Fox hosts routinely refer to “President” Trump, while dismissively calling the actual president “Biden” or simply “Joe.” It’s a deliberate attempt to belittle President Biden, while feeding their audience’s fantasy that Trump remains on what they must believe is his throne.

Case in point: On Thursday Fox’s chief political “news” anchor, Bret Baier, interviewed the Senate’s Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and engaged in this bizarre exchange:

McConnell: There’s no incumbent. And fun for you all to cover.
Baier: If the President was the Party’s nominee, would you support him?
McConnell: The nominee of the Party? Absolutely!

First of all, notice that McConnell, without challenge, said that in the 2024 presidential election there would be “no incumbent.” That would only be true if Biden chooses not to run for reelection. But there’s no way that McConnell know that now.

More to the point, notice that Baier’s question addresses whether McConnell would support “the President” if he were the Party’s nominee. Well, the President is Joe Biden. While etiquette would permit the use of “President Trump,” the meaning of “the President” is always the one currently in office. So was Baier asking if McConnell would support Biden if he decided to run as a Republican? Of course not. Baier was just casually – and dishonestly – referring to Trump as the current president. And McConnell didn’t blink in replying as if he thought the same thing.

This isn’t a trivial rhetorical glitch. They are both pretending that Trump is still president and that Biden is a villainous usurper. It is the same sort of purposeful deceit that produced the violence in D.C. by Trumpian loyalists seeking to restore him to his rightful place by any means necessary.

It should also be noted that McConnell’s expression of support for Trump were he the GOP nominee in 2024 is an astonishing admission that there are absolutely no consequences for the treasonous behavior of Trump. And that’s not just the opinion of disgruntled Democrats. After voting to acquit Trump in the Senate Impeachment hearing, McConnell actually admitted that Trump was guilty because “He did not do his job. He didn’t take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed and order restored.” McConnell elaborated saying that…

“There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president. and having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.”

That’s the guy for whom McConnell just declared his support. And the support for Trump by McConnell, along with a frightful majority of Weak-minded, obedient, Trump-obsessed Republicans, almost ensures more of the hostilities that Trump incited. It forgives his transgressions and enables his most dangerous followers among the racist, seditionist, anti-democratic hordes who continue to articulate threats to civil society.

And that’s what’s wrong with today’s Republican Party. It’s a personality driven cult. It is totally devoid of principle or ethics. It is addicted to the lies and propaganda of Fox News. It is wholly devoted to the maintenance of power. And nothing – not the interests of the people, or the welfare of the nation, or sustaining the Constitution and democracy – nothing else matters to them.

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How Fox News Deceives and Controls Their Flock:
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