- GOP elected representative Bob Good of Virginia called the coronavirus pandemic a “bogus” on Saturday during a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Washington, DC.
- “It sounds like a bunch of people who understand this is a bogus pandemic,” he said. “It’s a serious virus, but it’s a virus. This is not a pandemic… You understand. You stand up against tyranny.
- A day earlier, the United States had around 231,000 new coronavirus infections and more than 3,300 COVID-19 deaths, two record numbers for the country, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
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GOP congressman-elect Bob Good called the coronavirus pandemic a “bogus” on Saturday during an appearance in Washington, DC, during the second “Million MAGA March” in support of President Donald Trump.
Good, a conservative who will represent Virginia’s 5th Congressional District from January 2021, made the statement to a crowd of supporters who were in town to protest election irregularities in the 2020 presidential election, despite no evidence showing widespread electoral fraud.
“I can’t tell you how awesome it is to look out and see your faces,” he said. “It sounds like a bunch of people who understand this is a fake pandemic. It is a serious virus, but it is a virus. This is not a pandemic… You understand. You stand up against tyranny. Thanks for being here today. . Thanks for saying no to insanity. ”
As of December 11, there were approximately 231,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections and more than 3,300 COVID-19 deaths, two one-day records in the United States, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Since the start of the pandemic in the country, 16 million people have been infected and more than 297,000 people have died.
Outgoing GOP Rep Denver Riggleman, who lost to Good at an outdoor drive-thru party convention last summer, shed light on his successor’s comments on Twitter.
“My grandmother is in the hospital with COVID,” he wrote. “My brother is an intensive care nurse who cares for people with COVID. To say that COVID is wrong is irresponsible, embarrassing, and all that is wrong with politics. Virginie deserves better. ”
—Congressman Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) December 12, 2020
In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.
“We called on countries every day to take urgent and aggressive action,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the time. “We have sounded the alarm bells loud and clear. ”
Ironically, Good defeated Democrat Cameron Webb, a doctor who treats COVID-19 patients, in the conservative-leaning neighborhood last November.
Webb, who has run on expanding access to health care among others, also responded to Good’s comments on Twitter, calling his post “irresponsible.”
“I saw with my own eyes the devastation caused by COVID-19”, Webb tweeted. “The fact is – even here in Virginia – the pandemic is skyrocketing right now. Anyone can be affected and it is our collective duty to respect this threat. It goes beyond partisanship or politics. This rhetoric is irresponsible and dangerous. ”
—Dr. Cameron Webb (@DrCameronWebb) December 12, 2020
In November, Riggleman called most Republicans’ refusal to recognize President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory as a “massive claw” and said the GOP posture was “just a lucrative business for the 2024 election” and ” totally unethical ”.
A spokesperson for Good recently told the Washington Post that the elected congressman signed the amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court by 126 House Republicans supporting the Texas lawsuit challenging election results in key states that Trump lost.
Good “fully supports President Trump,” according to the spokesperson.