Senate’s Dumbest Republican Must Have Forgotten Downplaying COVID And AIDS



It's must be a real pain in the "B"-word to be the Senate's Dumbest Republican. Seriously, in a class of Republicans that's already pretty dumb, to bear the burden of being THEEE dumbest at all times? To be followed around by cartoon springy sounds and other sound effects, like "BOIIIIIIIIIIIING"? To pass Marsha Blackburn in hallways and know that you're dumber?

We can't be for certain, but we reckon Wisconsin's GOP Senator Ron Johnson might have been feeling some of his stupids yesterday on Newsmax with that weenus host Grant Stinchfield, saying out loud and emphatically that "I have NEVER downplayed the tragedy of both AIDS and COVID."

Of course, as the tweet implies, mean Acyn from Media Matters spliced a clip at the end of Ron Johnson downplaying COVID back in July.


Of course, the deadly simple fact is that Johnson has been downplaying and spewing disinformation on COVID since the beginning. Lord, he's been spewing so much disinformation you'd think he was getting it directly from a known asset of Russian intelligence. He has lied and said we don't even have an approved COVID vaccine in America. Like many Republicans, he's been on the horse paste train. Before that he was on the hydroxybonercream train.

If Wonkette's Evan Hurst may quote Wonkette's Liz Dye, typing around the very beginning of the pandemic, it sounds like he's been downplaying it from the beginning:

"I'm not denying what a nasty disease COVID-19 can be, and how it's obviously devastating to somewhere between 1 and 3.4 percent of the population," Johnson told reporter Craig Gilbert.

"But that means 97 to 99 percent will get through this and develop immunities and will be able to move beyond this. But we don't shut down our economy because tens of thousands of people die on the highways. It's a risk we accept so we can move about. We don't shut down our economies because tens of thousands of people die from the common flu," Johnson said, out loud, on purpose, and not obviously under the influence of heavy narcotics.

Glad to be a helpful reminder, Senator.

And then with AIDS, you won't believe this, but Wonkette literally wrote about it last week when Johnson was doing that thing where he rests his top teeth on his bottom lip like an intelligent person and said — on World AIDS Day, no less — that Dr. Anthony Fauci had "overhyped" HIV/AIDS, and that he was doing the same thing with COVID. He said that! About Dr. Fauci! And it sounds a lot like "downplaying" AIDS to us!

Here's the clip, in case anyone needs to see it again:

Dr. Fauci responded to Johnson's stupid clown words this weekend:

Asked about Johnson’s comments by co-host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci said he did not know how to respond to such a remark considering the high death tolls caused by both AIDS and COVID-19.

“How do you respond to something as preposterous as that? Overhyping AIDS? It's killed over 750,000 Americans and 36 million people worldwide. How do you overhype that? Overhyping COVID? It's already killed 780,000 Americans and over 5 million people worldwide,” Fauci said.

“So I don't have any clue of what he's talking about,” he added.

Nobody does. That's why he's the dumbest in the whole Senate.

[The Hill]

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