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So Crowd-Surfing Maskless at a Donald Trump Rally Is Really Something People Are Doing Now, Huh?

The least punk crowd-surfing event ever.

If Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones was trying to find the #1 least advisable activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, he might actually have succeeded.

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Jones is a Democrat but also a huge supporter of Donald Trump and he also spoke at the Republican National Convention this summer. Trump held a campaign rally in Macon, Georgia on Friday and Jones not only attended but decided to crowdsurf over the attendees, the vast majority of whom appeared to be going without masks.

This is what letting a crowd of COVID-deniers touch your entire body to own the libs looks like, I guess:

In that tweet, Jones says there were more than 7,000 “peaceful protesters” at that rally, though I’m not sure who or what he thinks they’re protesting, given that they’re there to support the incumbent party and the man who is currently in office.

The United States is currently seeing an average of 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day, with a lot of states having gigantic spikes as we enter the third wave of this pandemic. Much of the country is experiencing COVID fatigue, getting laxer in their behaviors and putting themselves and others at greater risk of infection.

In a leaked all to his campaign staff, Trump said as much, bashing Dr. Anthony Fauci as a “disaster” and an “idiot,” and saying “People are tired of COVID.”

“People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it,” he said in the call, according to CNN. “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”

Yes, pandemic fatigue is real. So Trump should be working to get people to take it more seriously. Instead, we have crowdsurfing politicians out here trying to Make Coronavirus Fun Again.

(via HuffPost, image: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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