In less frightening times, Central Valley congressman Devin Nunes was just a Trump sycophant (and owner of a rogue cow) who couldn’t remember phone conversations he had with Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian henchman. Now, even as social distancing measures appear to be helping to stem the spread of the virus, he’s eager send kids back to school if it will help kickstart the economy.
Nunes told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on Tuesday that the decision to close all state schools for the rest of the academic year (which, on Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed will be the case) in the face of a pandemic that threatens to kill 100,000 to 250,000 Americans was “way overkill.”
“I mean, look, the schools were just canceled out here in California, which is, you know, way overkill,” Nunes said. “I mean, you know, it’s possible kids could’ve went back to school in two weeks to four weeks, but they just canceled the rest of the schools.”
Even after Trump himself admitted the potentially horrific death toll and said the economy was second on his agenda after defeating the virus—and that normalcy should be on hold until at least April 30—Nunes was suddenly dancing to the beat of his own drum.
“I will tell you this,” he warned. “If we don’t start to get people back to work in this country over the next week to two weeks—I don’t think we can wait, you know, until the end of April. I just don’t know of any economy that has ever survived where you unplug the entire economy and expect things to go back and be normal.”
Nunes went on to say that everyone should stop paying attention to pesky death tolls and worry about getting workers back to the mines. “Quite frankly, all of America’s politicians and the media need to stop looking at the death counters […] and let’s talk about how we can keep as many people employed as possible,” he said.
Nunes wrapped up with a reminder that—COVID, SCHMOVID—nothing’s more deadly than sitting around on one’s duff: “When you have people staying at home, not taking care of themselves, you will end up with a hell of a lot more people dying by other causes then you will by the coronavirus.”
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