Louie Gohmert is a congressperson from Texas who, in the face of stiff competition from his colleagues in the Republican party, is clearly one of the most stupid and obnoxious people in Congress. I will not bother to list all the stupid things he has said and done because they are easily looked up. Someone should create a Stupidity Index and name it after him. In fact, we should start calling someone whom we think is incorrigibly stupid a ‘Gohmert’. It could also be used as a descriptive term, such as saying, “That was a real Gohmert thing to do”.
He is, of course, anti-mask and since the halls of Congress do not require people to wear them at all times, has been going around without them. Well, he has now tested positive for the coronavirus.
After decades of spreading stupidity at a super-human clip, Rep. Louie Gohmert is now doing his best to spread a deadly virus.
The Texas Republican tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday prior to joining President Trump aboard Air Force One for a trip to Texas, where the pandemic is currently wreaking havoc on the state’s residents.
Now, this was an understandably confusing turn of events for Gohmert. He was probably pretty excited to join the president on a trip to his home state, and certainly didn’t expect to test positive for a virus he clearly hadn’t been taking very seriously. Until recently, the 66-year-old congressman steadfastly refused to wear a mask, claiming that he’d wear one only if he tested positive. That changed recently, kind of, and in an interview with a Texas radio station after testing positive on Wednesday, Gohmert called the result “ironic” because “in the last week or two I have worn a mask more than I have in the whole last four months.”
Gohmert found the result so ironic, in fact, that he questioned whether it was a coincidence at all. Maybe, he wondered, it was the act of wearing a mask itself that gave him COVID. After informing his social media followers on Wednesday that though “the reports of my demise” are premature, “apparently I have the Wuhan [sic] virus,” Gohmert expounded on this fresh bit of galaxy-brain hypothesizing.
Gohmert also appears to be actively preventing his own staff from taking safety precautions. One of his aides even told Politico on Wednesday that Gohmert is so anti-mask that he “berated” his staff members for wearing them, and that, as a big middle finger to the “Wuhan virus,” he required his full staff to be in office. No remote working. That’s how China wins.
It’s easy to pile on Gohmert for his thick-headed response to the pandemic, but it’s important to remember that this is also the man who claimed jihadists were sending pregnant women to birth “terror babies” in the United States, thought gay marriage could pave the way for people to marry animals, and, more recently, claimed the coronavirus could be cured with a mysterious disinfectant powered that could be inhaled as a mist. Blaming his mask for his positive COVID test result probably doesn’t even crack the top five dumbest things he’s said since he joined Congress in 2005.
He says that he is going to try Trump’s favored hydroxychloroquine treatment because he is, of course, a Gohmert.
The news of Gohmert’s infection has infuriated all the other people whom he has put at risk.
The revelation Wednesday that Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, a renegade lawmaker known for stalking the halls of Congress without a mask, tested positive for Covid-19 has unleashed a fusillade of anger on Capitol Hill — a sudden release of built-up tension over how the institution has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic within the confines of its own workplace.
For months, the leaders of Congress have allowed lawmakers to enter the Capitol without being screened for the deadly virus, rejecting an offer from the White House to provide rapid testing while trusting that the thousands who work across the massive complex of offices, meeting rooms and hallways will behave responsibly.
Now, legislative aides, chiefs of staff, press assistants, members of Congress, career workers and maintenance men and women are venting their fury with an institution that does not have uniform rules or masking requirements, does not mandate testing, is run with minimal oversight and must contend with a gaggle of lawmakers who doubt scientists and hold themselves out as experts on everything from disease hygiene to pharmacology.
Many described feeling uncomfortable taking the very kinds of health steps recommended by public health experts, and feeling pressured to report to work in person despite the risks. Multiple aides said it was common to mock those wearing masks, or brush off concerns among staff members with specific health issues.
Gohmert used to be a judge (an elected position) if you can believe it before he went into politics. Gohmert’s district re-elects him with vote totals never less than 68%, so it may be a good idea to avoid the northeastern corner of Texas where it is located, since one should be wary around a population that overwhelmingly thinks that such a person should represent them.
Meanwhile former Republican presidential contender Herman Cain has died from complications of covid-19. A strong Trump supporter, he had also refused to take seriously precautions against getting the virus.
Cain attended Trump’s June 20th rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where many in the audience, including Cain, were seen without masks or social distancing.
“I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week,” Calabrese added, “I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”
The fact that you cannot link getting the virus to a single event like the Trump rally is not the point. The point is that by taking reasonable precautions, you reduce the odds of getting and transmitting the virus. Trump was increasing the odds of people getting the virus by holding his rally without enforcing safety protocols and Cain was increasing the odds by not wearing a mask and mingling with other non-mask wearers in close proximity. These people are being willfully obtuse just in order to make their point that the virus need not be taken seriously. By doing so, they are putting not just themselves but also others at risk.
But there is no arguing with such people. There are so many who refuse to believe in science until it slaps them in the face. And sometimes, as in the case with Cain, that is too late.