The coronavirus pandemic is bringing out the best in some people — and the worst in others.
The news that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has contracted the coronavirus garnered sympathy from most normal folks, but Christine Pelosi had quite another reaction. The political strategist and daughter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) exposed her own mean-spiritedness as she all but said that Paul deserved to be violently assaulted by his neighbor in 2017, an attack that left him with damaged lungs and therefore vulnerable to COVID-19.
Christine Pelosi snipes at Rand Paul
Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, was sentenced to 30 days in prison for the assault. The attack left Paul with broken ribs and damaged lungs, and he underwent surgery to have part of his lung removed.
That health history added to concerns about Paul’s health Sunday when the Republican announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19. In response, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said that he would go into quarantine. While the news made many concerned for Paul’s health, the younger Pelosi saw instead a twisted kind of poetic justice in Paul’s situation.
“Rand Paul’s neighbor was right,” she tweeted.
Some on the left have made light of Paul’s diagnosis, pointing to his earlier solitary vote against an $8.3 billion bill to fight COVID-19. But Pelosi took it even a step beyond that, implying that he somehow deserved to have had his ribs shattered over a yard dispute. Sickening.
Paul under fire after testing positive
Christine Pelosi’s callous reaction came as Paul was criticized by fellow senators for not isolating himself after taking the test. A true libertarian, Paul continued to work, lunch with other senators, and even exercise at the Senate gym and pool.
Paul, in a statement, called for additional testing even for those who are asymptomatic and beat back criticisms of his behavior. The senator explained that he is not symptomatic but took a test because of his compromised lung and extensive travel.
“Despite my positive test result, I remain asymptomatic for COVID-19,” he said.
“For those who want to criticize me for lack of quarantine, realize that if the rules on testing had been followed to a tee, I would never have been tested and would still be walking around the halls of the Capitol. The current guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined. It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung, that led me to get tested.”
Rand’s diagnosis prompted two senators, Romney and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), to isolate themselves, shaving the Republican Senate majority down as the upper chamber continued to debate a massive coronavirus stimulus bill. Nancy Pelosi came under fire Monday for proposing a doorstopper piece of legislation that contained items with no relevance to the pandemic, including some 32 references to promoting “diversity.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), one of the key negotiators on the Senate bill, incidentally made headlines recently for appearing to endorse violence against conservative Supreme Court justices weighing an abortion ruling. For many Democrats, conservatives aren’t just stupid, it seems: they’re not even human.
It’s obvious that passions are at a boiling point right now. The coronavirus is making people afraid and distressed. But endorsements of violence against political opponents are never acceptable.
With respect to Pelosi, to use a cliché, it looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.