COVID-19 roulette: RWNJs' chicken pox parties


Despite the stories of New Yorkers applauding medical professionals from their windows each evening, there will always be reactionaries desperate for attention. You can’t just drink a kamikaze.

Roger Stone’s love-child, competing for the post of Trump princeling with James O’Keefe, Jacob Wohl, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Andy Ngo, is now doing COVID-19 potlucks, because what are reactionaries to do, with shelter-at-home time on their hands. Darn that decadence.

Quarantine? Is that a drink?

While most New Yorkers are hunkering in place, others are popping corks and staging parties that defy occupancy and social-distancing edicts.


Lucian Wintrich, a former White House reporter and advertisement hand, is one of them. The 31-year-old contrarian recently hosted a “corona potluck” at his small but chic East Village apartment.

“They can’t diagnose us all,” reads the invite Wintrich sent to a select group for the March 14 gathering. “Don’t wash your hands. … Bring your fav dish!” The tongue-in-cheek advert also included an image of a boy covered in chicken pox and a fork digging into a coronavirus spore.

“The majority of folks I invited, if they got it, would recover fairly quickly and build up an immunity to the present form of COVID19,” he said unapologetically. “It was relatively inspired by the chickenpox parties that were all the rage in the 90s.”

The events, which Wintrich himself remembered attending, were once popular among parents as a way to expose their children to the common childhood scourge early to inoculate them later in life. They fell out of fashion after a vaccine was developed in the mid-90s.

He added that nobody at the party was deliberately looking to infect anyone. “The quarantine, itself, is serious to a degree. I wouldn’t hang around folks over the age of 50 and risk infecting the more vulnerable,” Wintrich said.

Wintrich once wrote for the right-wing website The Gateway Pundit, and before that caused a stir with “Twinks for Trump”, an LGBT-themed art series that was shown at the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland.…

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