Far-right Mississippi governor slammed for claim Christians fear COVID less because they 'believe in eternal life'
With COVID-19's ultra-infectious Delta variant raging in the United States — especially in red states with low vaccination rates — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is arguing that residents of his state are "a little less scared" of the pandemic than other Americans because they tend to be more religious. And the Republican governor is being mocked without mercy on Twitter.
At a GOP fundraiser in Memphis on August 26, Reeves commented, "When you believe in eternal life — when you believe that living on this Earth is but a blip on the screen, then you don't have to be so scared of things."
Downplaying the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic — which, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has killed more than 4.5 million people worldwide — has been common among MAGA Republicans, many of whom have fought against protective face masks, vaccination, social distancing and other things that save lives.
On August 28, Reeves tweeted about Hurricane Ida — which has been slamming Louisiana:
Today I declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane #Ida. We are continuing to deploy resources and asse… https://t.co/vuMkWPDcVX— Tate Reeves (@Tate Reeves) 1630196068.0
Twitter users, remembering Reeves' comments on COVID-19, were quick to respond with mockery. Here are some of their biting comments:
@tatereeves I thought you said there was no need to fear death because of eternal life?— Max Hirsch (@Max Hirsch) 1630196523.0
@tatereeves Trump will protect you. https://t.co/UkOEZmddKM— Sing out, Louise (@Sing out, Louise) 1630210830.0
@tatereeves Why Tate? You're inhibiting people's freedom by declaring a state of emergency. Are you going to mand… https://t.co/nZM5aLbV9u— Paul Stetson (@Paul Stetson) 1630200159.0
@tatereeves Why? I thought that Mississippi, like for COVID, was less scared of hurricanes because you believe in ‘eternal life’.— Éric Legrand (@Éric Legrand) 1630202406.0
@tatereeves But GOD will take care of all you. You said this about Covid so I’m sure GOD will do the same with the hurricane.— James Scott lives on land stolen from Muscogee N (@James Scott lives on land stolen from Muscogee N) 1630270819.0
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