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.
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.
They’re just begging people to wear masks
— Molly Jong-Fast? (@MollyJongFast) February 26, 2021
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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