May 20, 2022

Anger rages at top GOP senators who skipped the queue to get COVID vaccinations

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First, it was Mike Pence.


When the vice-president rolled up his sleeves and was vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on live TV, most people’s initial reaction — besides how the hell hadn’t Pence already caught the virus while working in the White House, one of the nation’s known hot spots — was that while Pence didn’t exactly fit the category of an essential worker or senior citizen, at least he was demonstrating the safety of the vaccine for those people more skeptical of the hastily developed drug.

After seeing other senior Republican leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) get their shots, however, public sentiment turned more towards outrage — outrage that members of a party that has happily allowed Donald Trump to mismanage our nation’s pandemic response and has fought tooth and nail against Democratic efforts to provide meaningful pandemic financial relief to America’s most desperate citizens — all while trying to exempt their corporate benefactors from liability for their failures to properly protect their workers — were allowed early access to the vaccine.

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While Senator McConnell and other congressional leaders of both parties who have managed to get vaccinated ahead of the nation’s first responders at least fit into the Medicare-eligible high-risk category of the elderly, the 49-year-old Senator Rubio, a healthy specimen who would normally have to wait his turn with the rest of the nation until his risk group was eligible, inspired particular rage.

Many angry citizens took to Twitter to express their disgust and revulsion towards the hypocritical Republican.

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Marco Rubio wasn’t the only GOP senator taken to task for his line-jumping to get the vaccine that is still in short supply.

Senator Lindsey Graham, who also rushed to get his shot, was equally savaged by an indignant public.

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While the public revulsion towards these two particularly hypocritical Republican politicians is overwhelming and expected, the behavior of the senators is not the least bit surprising given their long history of saying or doing whatever they need to do to support Donald Trump at every juncture.

While Marco Rubio at least has to face the Florida voters and convince them that he is worthy of re-election in two years, Lindsey Graham was just improbably re-elected to another 6-year term in office, so the only way to get rid of him would likely be as a result of a criminal conviction or natural causes.

Now with the COVID antibodies in his bloodstream, thanks to the premature vaccine delivery, Graham can avoid one natural cause to which his pandemic denialism may have previously left him vulnerable.

Perhaps the good people of South Carolina can initiate a recall.


Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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