Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is under fire for what is being regarded as juvenile rhetoric while the Senate is in gridlock over a stimulus package.
In a tweet on Sunday night, Cornyn sniped at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — who explained why Senate Democrats voted against a Republican proposal.
“We voted no on the McConnell-GOP bill because among other problems it includes huge bailouts without protections for people and workers and without accountability, and because it shortchanges our hospitals and healthcare workers who need our help,” Schumer wrote. “These changes need to be made.”x
We voted no on the McConnell-GOP bill because among other problems it includes huge bailouts without protections for people and workers and without accountability, and because it shortchanges our hospitals and healthcare workers who need our help.
These changes need to be made.Ã¢ÂÂ Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 22, 2020
Cornyn’s response: “Blah blah blah.”
Cornyn is such a fucking asshole that he managed to get both Progressive House Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Pocan (D. WI) and conservative commentator, S.E. Cupp, to be among the number of responses bashing Cornyn:
Too many Americans aren't taking this threat as seriously as they should. Unfortunately, some of them appear to be in Congress. https://t.co/czfdIyQkJM
Ã¢ÂÂ S.E. Cupp (@secupp) March 23, 2020
The correct response to “We need to put workers first” is definitely not this. https://t.co/54E30P4skd
Ã¢ÂÂ Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) March 23, 2020
Also, shout out to Essence for calling out Cornyn on this:
“China is to blame,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Wednesday of the virus, which was first identified in Wuhan, China. “…because the culture where people eat bats and snakes and dogs and things like that, these viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people, and that’s why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses like SARS, like MERS, the swine flu. And now the coronavirus. So I think they have a fundamental problem and I don’t object to geographically identifying where it’s coming from.”
Per a Foreign Policy report, despite a viral video of a Chinese woman eating bat soup causing people to believe she was “patient zero,” health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have debunked this myth. According to Health.com, one new research article in the Virology academic journal believes the virus started in the “wet markets of Wuhan, China, that keep wild animals together and sell them as delicacies or pets. But these markets have been around for generations, so why now?
A CNN report acknowledges that while bats that carry a vast range of viruses and pathogens could be a potential source of the virus, perhaps what’s behind this pandemic is the environmental damage humans have caused for decades.
“The underlying causes of zoonotic spillover from bats or from other wild species have almost always been shown to be human behavior,” Andrew Cunningham, Professor of Wildlife Epidemiology at the Zoological Society of London, explained to CNN. “Human activities are causing this.”
Cunningham continues that when the natural habitats of these flying mammals are destroyed, they become stressed, which lowers their immune system, causing the viruses they carry to no longer be suppressed.
While the Cornoavirus has caused Texas to delay the runoff in the Democratic Primary between MJ Hegar (D. TX) and Royce West (D. TX) to take place in July instead of May, Texas Democrats are worried that the delay could give that idiot Cornyn plenty of time to keep building his campaign war chest. However, Cornyn’s fate could also be tied to Trump’s on the handling of this whole cluster fuck:
Cornyn’s fate in the November general election could be tied to how well Trump performs in Texas.
Texas is still a red state and most analysts don’t expect Democrats to beat the incumbent Republican senator. That could change if Trump’s approval rating tanks in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cornyn has more than $12 million in the bank for his campaign. He’s expected to raise more money than his Democratic rivals.
He’s also looking to push virtual campaigning.
“We have temporarily suspended our campaign and Sen. Cornyn is laser-focused on making sure Texas families have what they need in these hard times,” said Conryn campaign manager John Jackson. “He hopes to return to the campaign trail soon and when the campaign resumes will be connecting with voters in a variety of ways, including digitally, virtually and on the phone.”
Senate race issues are expected to be dominated by the coronavirus and the troubled economy.
But health care, already a popular subject before the pandemic, could be on voters’ minds for the general election. Green energy and issues related to oil could also emerge.
Cal Jillson, a political scientist from Southern Methodist University, said the Senate general election campaign won’t give much attention to issues such as immigration and other Texas themes.
“The most obvious thing will be the Republican Party’s handling of the current crisis,” Jillson said. “If there’s an opening for Democrats, it will be because of a general sense of the inadequacy of Trump’s response and the impact it had on the economy.”
Jillson added: “Cornyn can open the door to that with more bat soup kinds of comments.”
Republican political consultant Matthew Langston said Cornyn has an advantage over his opponents because the Democrats won’t get a nominee crowned until July. That leaves less time for fundraising and voter outreach.
“Timing is working against Democrats,” he said. “Time is their worst enemy.”
Langston conceded that Cornyn’s campaign will have to adjust to the impact of the coronavirus on the political discourse. He agreed that issues like immigration and education will be overshadowed by the coronavirus’ impact on the economy.
“The top issue for a voter could be ‘I lost my job,’” Langston said.
I urge all Texas Kossacks, Democrats and Progressives to not lose sight of this race. We need to win back the U.S. Senate and there’s absolutely no reason for that piece of garbage to win re-election to the Senate. Click below to donate and get involved with the Texas Democrat of your choice: