Facebook is a menace. COVID-19 is a menace. Conservatism is a cesspool. Together, those three ingredients have created a toxic stew of malevolent death and devastation. We can talk about all those things in the abstract, look at the numbers and statistics, and catch the occasional whiff of seditionist right-wing rhetoric. But I hadn’t really fully understood just how horrifying that combination of right-wing extremism, Facebook, and a killer virus was until I became a regular at the Herman Cain Awards subreddit. This series will document some of those stories, so we are aware of what the other side is doing to our country.
Today’s cautionary tale is Dwight.
Not only was this a stupid meme, assuming what, that the virus had stopped spreading?
But it can’t even do math properly. For the U.S. column, that’s a 4.16% fatality rate, which should’ve been utterly terrifying. It's an even higher 4.4% on the world side.
So the Confederate Flag was all about Jesus slavery?
We must fight for the Constitutional rights of all cartoons!
I bet you WON’T repost!
So … Joe Biden is a failed criminal?
That’s a new one.
Anyone shocked that someone who supports the flag of sedition would support the act of sedition?
I’ve never seen “conservative comedy” that is comedy.
He’s not going to let those
women of color socialist communists try to save his life!
Huh, well that sucks.
Phew. Survived! Maybe time for some redemption? A week in the hospital with respiratory problems could not have been fun.
That’s his reaction to surviving a bout with COVID? Attacking Pelosi and China?
Some of these are so sudden. He’s in the hospital! A week later he’s home! Posts idiotic meme! BAM!
Six days later, he's gone, leaving behind his wife and two kids.
He thought he had survived, that he was in the clear, that he could go back to mocking the disease and the politicians urging everyone to vaccinate—even the most racist, sexist assholes among us. Everyone.
Instead, there’s no redemption. No silver lining. Just another devastated family trying to figure out “what has happened” when the answer has been there all along:
Listen to those women of color—and Nancy Pelosi.