Coronavirus

Texas Officials Won’t Attend Their Own Packed Convention

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's not a particularly good idea to hold large, in-person gatherings such a conventions right now especially in states where the coronavirus is surging out of control, but the Republican party of Texas is moving ahead with plans to hold an in-person party convention.

That does not mean, however, that any actual members of the Republican party will be in attendance.

While constituents and underlings pack into the state party's convention, the state's elected leaders will dial in virtually.

From the Texas Tribune:

The Republican Party of Texas is moving forward with its controversial in-person convention during the coronavirus pandemic — but elected officials including Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will be giving their scheduled speeches virtually.

“All the elected officials are switching from a live, in-person speech to videos,” Kyle Whatley, the party’s executive director, said during a town hall livestreamed Tuesday night. “They’re doing that for us in order to focus all the attention on the business of the meeting and to get everybody in and out of here as quickly and as safely as possible.”

This isn't funny but I would be lying if I told you I didn't laugh my goddamn ass off when I first read this.

The state's elected leaders are evidently taking a page from the Fox News playbook in which the network tells people the coronavirus is fake and they should go shopping all while broadcasting from the safety of their hermetically-sealed basements.

Elected Republicans who've repeatedly told people to go back to business and largely opposed strict safety measures should be the first assholes in line to attend their own convention, shouldn't they? There will be up to 6,000 people in attendance according to the party's directors, but it should be perfectly safe, right?

Attendees will supposedly be required to wear masks and that should at least limit the number of opportunities the virus will have to spread at the event, but I personally wouldn't bank on that. Some of the people in attendance probably think hand sanitizer is for liberals.

  • Draxiar

    My brain just gave up the ghost. It’s broken.

    How can anyone that is actually attending the rally not put this simple math together? The Gov and Lt. Gov aren’t there because of the virus!

    I’m done caring about these people…I can’t do it anymore. I’ll care about those they will hurt that didn’t make the thick-headed choice to go but them? Nopity nope. They will only know the fire is hot by touching it…and then blame water that their hand is burned and water didn’t prevent it.

  • muselet

    “All the elected officials are switching from a live, in-person speech to videos,” Kyle Whatley, the party’s executive director, said during a town hall livestreamed Tuesday night. “They’re doing that for us in order to focus all the attention on the business of the meeting and to get everybody in and out of here as quickly and as safely as possible.”

    Bullshit. They’re doing that to try to save themselves from drowning in their own fluids, while encouraging the proles to go ahead and spread Covid-19 far and wide.

    Come on, Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick! Go to your state convention, live and in-person, unmasked! Press the flesh! Own us libs as hard as you can!

    I dare you.

    Cowards.

    –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      I thought the venue operators cancelled the event? Or is my Twitter news feed making things up?

      • muselet

        The mayor of Houston ordered the venue’s owners, Houston First, to cancel the contract, but yeah, close enough.

        … [Houston Mayor Sylvester] Turner is being criticized by Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey, who said the party would pursue all legal options against the city of Houston and Houston First.…

        Sylvester Turner is a D, so of course the state GOP is threatening a lawsuit. There couldn’t possibly be a nonpartisan reason to cancel a potential superspreader event, it must be a dastardly plot to silence the voices of the downtrodden RealMurcans™ who were looking forward to sharing their viral loads.

        Just when you think things couldn’t get stupider …

        –alopecia