Matt Gaetz, Florida's dumbest congressman, wears gas mask to coronavirus vote

Oh hey, coronavirus is funny now.

click to enlarge Matt Gaetz, Florida's dumbest congressman, wears gas mask to coronavirus vote
Photo via Matt Gaetz/Twitter

Matt Gaetz, a very normal human being and not at all a bag of raccoons working in unison to resemble a real congressman, decided to wear a full gas mask on the House floor today.

On Wednesday afternoon lawmakers in the House and Senate voted to provide $8.3 billion in emergency aid to combat novel coronavirus, and Gaetz apparently felt this was a good time to make a mockery of the whole process. 

After debates, the District 1 congressman tweeted a photo of himself wearing the mask with the caption “Reviewing the coronavirus supplemental appropriation and preparing to go vote.” 

Connecticut congressman Jim Himes also tweeted a photo of Gaetz being a normal human. 

Clearly this is a great time to make jokes, considering the country, and especially his home state of Florida, is now dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus, a highly contagious disease with a higher than normal death rate. 

As of now, Florida lawmakers are considering spending between $10-$20 million to fight the outbreak, Senate President Bill Galvano said on Tuesday. The spending would have to be approved before the Legislative session is scheduled to end March 13. 

With all this mind, you would think this is a pretty important time to take these matters seriously, considering Florida has three confirmed cases of patients testing positive for COVID-19, and two of them are in the Tampa Bay area. 

Then again, this is the same guy who just recently thought it was illegal to rip paper. So why should Florida's dumbest congressman take any of this seriously when the virus has already infected over 95,000 people worldwide, and has killed over 3,000?

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Chava Communications.
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