House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy under fire after newly elected Republican dies from COVID-19
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was blasted with criticism after he offered thoughts and prayers to a Republican congressman-elect who died from COVID-19 just days before being sworn in.
Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R-LA) died Tuesday of complications from a coronavirus infection at age 41, less than a week before he was set to join Congress, and the House minority leader offered his condolences on Twitter.
"Our hearts break tonight as we process the news of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow's passing," McCarthy tweeted. "I spoke with his wife, Julia. Judy and I are praying for her and their two young children during this terrible time."
Our hearts break tonight as we process the news of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing. I spoke with his wife,… https://t.co/YJSIEKEPmy— Kevin McCarthy (@Kevin McCarthy)1609298372.0
However, his statement angered many social media users who felt that McCarthy could have done more to promote public concern about the highly contagious virus and its spread, rather than pushing to reopen the economy and standing by while fellow Republicans politicized safety measures.
@GOPLeader That sucks -- it sucks more that your party spent the good part of the year downplaying it and calling it a hoax.— Johnny in SD (@Johnny in SD)1609298431.0
@GOPLeader And yet Republicans still think wearing a mask is tyranny. bunch of fuckers.— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole)1609298655.0
@GOPLeader You should at least acknowledge he died of COVID-19 and ask folks to take precautions. that would be leadership.— Wonkster (@Wonkster)1609300942.0
@GOPLeader This is very sad. Luke Letlow was one man. He had a wife and small kids, family and friends. Multip… https://t.co/FnwYpPWseM— mollyswordmcdonough 🌊 (@mollyswordmcdonough 🌊)1609299361.0
@GOPLeader Our economy is vital to future of our state and our country. "So while we’ve been cautious and I think… https://t.co/8JczHtI4W8— Chase LeVangie 🌿 (@Chase LeVangie 🌿)1609302668.0
@GOPLeader Not such a joke anymore is it Kevin, the man died from Covid and he was in his prime.— CC Cannon (@CC Cannon)1609299168.0
@GOPLeader The Republicans applauded as Trump held superspreader event after superspreader event. No President cou… https://t.co/bbUW87I4rR— Merlisa (@Merlisa)1609318229.0
@GOPLeader This is very sad. People like Kevin McCarthy bear responsibility for his death and 330,000 others. You d… https://t.co/TKyMTRanzr— Nathan Max (@Nathan Max)1609300327.0
@GOPLeader It’s sad, very sad, but I wish you felt the same about the more than 300,000 Americans who have had died… https://t.co/1aOL834Rhv— Flip the Senate 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Flip the Senate 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸)1609333208.0
@GOPLeader EVERY DAY NOW more than three thousand Americans die from complications of the #coronavirus. Today, th… https://t.co/xCkcngiFIu— OnTheFritz (@OnTheFritz)1609336565.0
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