Death Wish 2020: GOP Congressman Don Young tells senior citizens and others that fears over the “beer virus” are overblown, and that people should simply “go forth with everyday activities.”
The Anchorage Daily News reports:
Alaska’s lone member of the U.S. House, Rep. Don Young, told a gathering of senior citizens last week that dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic — the “beer virus,” he called it — have been overblown due to media-fueled hysteria.
Speaking on Friday at Mat-Su Senior Services, a Palmer nonprofit that provides housing and services for the elderly, Young urged calm and told the crowd that COVID-19 is not as deadly as some past viruses, according to a recording of the luncheon.
Young told his audience at Mat-Su Senior Services, a Palmer nonprofit that provides housing and services for the elderly, that Americans must “go forth with everyday activities” despite warnings from medical professionals and the CDC to practice social distancing and staying home whenever possible.
Speaking at the event, Rep. Young said:
They call it the coronavirus. I call it the beer virus. How do you like that?
It attacks us senior citizens. I’m one of you. I still say we have to as a nation and state go forth with everyday activities.
Reporting on the story, and the Young’s dangerous advice, Newsweek notes:
The advice is in direct contradiction to that given by health officials such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help minimize the spread of the virus. These include social distancing measures such as avoiding large crowds and staying at least six feet away from another person when possible.
Previously Rep. Young made headlines after literally head-butting a camera when asked about Russian election interference on Trump’s behalf.
Bottom line: In a dangerous and irresponsible statement, GOP Congressman Don Young tells senior citizens and others that fears over the “beer virus” are overblown, and that everyone should simply “go forth with everyday activities.”