RALEIGH – In Governor Roy Cooper’s COVID briefing Wednesday he announced more help for those facing evictions (because they cannot pay rent, because Cooper unilaterally shut down their livelihoods), but stopped short of ratcheting lockdown restrictions tighter after reports that he implored counties to do just that.
However, Cooper did continue his sanctimonious approach to commanding the masses to follow his orders, to toe the line on masks and gatherings. If you don’t, implies Cooper, you’re simply not a good person. The social shaming extended to Thanksgiving, specifically.
During the (pre-approved)question and answer period of the press conference, much effort was put toward framing Republican campaign rallies as the sources of recent spikes in coronavirus cases. Indeed, Cooper and Health Czar Mandy Cohen pointed to case growth in rural areas and among white populations in drawing this connection.
Of course, when asked directly if there was any actual evidence, from contact tracing or otherwise, that connects coronavirus outbreaks to Trump rallies in North Carolina or Dan Forest’s campaign events, the answer was: No. Yet, the transparent effort (by Cooper, Cohen, and thirsty reporters) to malign Republican campaigners as reckless sources of death, essentially, was not even the most despicable thing Cooper uttered at this presser.
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The governor was asked by a reporter about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday; a softball setup inquiring about his holiday traditions and how they’ll change due to COVID.
Cooper responded with a story about someone else he knew that “got together with family for Thanksgiving every year,” but this year they are not. Why? Cooper said they (the likely fictitious person he made up as an anecdote for this exact question) were canceling their Thanksgiving because “they love and care about each other” and don’t to spread the virus.
There it is: All of you heartless North Carolinians with plans to join some family to give thanks for the blessings in your life, you must not love and care about your family.
This is the over-saturated sanctimony we’ve come to expect from Roy Cooper since he first started promoting Pandemic Panic. He has shamed people that dare resist his executive edicts, or question his reading of the ‘science and data.’
‘Wearing a mask says you care’ = Not wearing a mask says you don’t care about people’s lives
Canceling Thanksgiving says you love and care about family = NOT canceling Thanksgiving says you are a P.O.S. that must not care about your family at all
How insulting. How patronizing. How in the world did we arrive in this place where our elected officials shame free men and women for living their lives according to their own values, priorities, and risk assessments?
So, even with Cooper’s admonishment, we’d be interested to know what your plans for 2020 Thanksgiving may entail. Don’t you love and care about your family?