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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:04 AM

The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord

By Lauren Weber
JULY 21, 2021

( Hawley is a major sleazeball. )



Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican eyeing higher national office, has appeared on Fox News likening a vaccine misinformation initiative from President Joe Biden to a “surveillance state” that is “out of Beijing.” (TOM WILLIAMS/CQ-ROLL CALL, INC VIA GETTY IMAGES)

ST. LOUIS — The day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson finished his bicentennial bus tour to drum up tourism to the state in mid-July, Chicago issued a travel advisory warning about visiting Missouri.

Earlier this summer, as covid-19 case counts began to tick up when the highly transmissible delta variant took hold in the state, the Republican-majority legislature successfully enacted laws limiting public health powers and absolving businesses from covid legal exposure.

The state health officer post has sat vacant since Dr. Randall Williams resigned suddenly in late April — leaving Missouri without a permanent leader as the covid numbers grew. And Brian Steele, a mayor in the Springfield area, which is at the epicenter of swelling cases, faces a recall vote for his masking mandate that ended in April.

Hospitals in southwestern Missouri are overflowing. As of July 19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show Missouri is worst in the nation for covid case rates over the past week, and in the bottom 15 states for vaccinations against the potentially deadly virus. Though cases are not even half of what they were during the winter spike, they continue to rise rapidly, sending a warning to other states with low vaccination rates about the havoc the coronavirus’s delta variant can bring.

https://khn.org/news/article/missouri-covid-delta-variant-thrives-political-discord-public-health/

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Reply The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord (Original post)
BeckyDem Thursday OP
RKP5637 Thursday #1
-misanthroptimist Thursday #2
BeckyDem Thursday #3
Rebl2 Thursday #4
BeckyDem Thursday #5
intheflow Thursday #6
BeckyDem Thursday #7

Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:12 AM

1. They get the results of the asses they elect into power!!! n/t

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:12 AM

2. Josh Hawley is anti-American trash

He's an opportunistic nihilist who should be barred from public office. In a sane America, he never would have been elected to any office.

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Response to -misanthroptimist (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:21 AM

3. He wants it all, yep.

I agree, the types of people getting elected would not happen in a healthy country.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:24 AM

4. Reminds me

to much of trump

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Response to Rebl2 (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:30 AM

5. With good reason.

Photo shows Hawley giving fist pump to Trump supporters before Capitol violence
His arm was raised and his fist was clenched. We talked with the photographer about what happened in that moment



https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/politics/national-politics/senator-josh-hawley-photo-capitol-trump-supporters/63-3b5d7611-9d07-41bd-8113-a9ccf74ebb68

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 11:00 AM

6. Wait. What is this bit in the caption?

"Hawley... has appeared on Fox News likening a vaccine misinformation initiative from President Joe Biden to a 'surveillance state' that is 'out of Beijing.' "

Shouldn't that read something like, "...likening President Joe Biden's campaign to combat vaccine misinformation...” ? Because Joe ain't the one pushing a vaccine misinformation initiative/

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Response to intheflow (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 11:18 AM

7. It does sound a tad awkward, but I believe the wording is placing blame only on Hawley's

twisted interpretation efforts.

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