GOP Lawmaker Who Called Coronavirus ‘Political Hoax’ Hospitalized With Virus

GOP Lawmaker Who Called Coronavirus ‘Political Hoax’ Hospitalized With Virus July 24, 2020

COVIDIOT: Arkansas lawmaker Jason Rapert, who recently shared a report on Facebook claiming coronavirus was a “political hoax,” has been hospitalized with the virus.

KATV reports:

 Arkansas Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, has tested positive for coronavirus. Rapert was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia and COVID-19, according to a news release on Thursday.

Raw Story reports:

Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert (R) has a known history of downplaying the coronavirus, even pushing narratives on social media that describe it as a “hoax.” Now, he’s contracted the virus after appearing as a guest preacher at Sanctuary of Hope church in Branson, Missouri about two weeks ago.

Last April, Rapert shared a report on his Facebook page claiming that the “coronavirus hype” is a “political hoax.”

In a statement announcing his hospitalization, Rapert said:

This is a difficult time for my family, but we know that God is with us always. We have all been doing our best to wear a mask, social distance and be careful like everyone else. This virus is serious and can attack anyone regardless of age or general health.

However, Senator Rapert, a radical Christian extremist who once claimed gay pride parades are an “anti-Christian attack,” is being dishonest. Before his hospitalization Rapert was not wearing a mask, and less than 2 weeks before being hospitalized Rapert was caught on video speaking at and attending a large megachurch service at The Sanctuary of Hope church in Branson, Missouri, where no one was wearing masks, including Rapert.

Friendly Atheist reports:

Here’s what you should notice from this worship service: There are a lot of people gathering indoors, they’re close together, and they’re not wearing masks. (Rapert shows up around the 52:00 mark.)

Bottom line: Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert, who suggested coronavirus was a “political hoax,” and appeared without a mask at a megachurch less than two weeks ago, has been hospitalized with the virus.

GOP Lawmaker Who Called Coronavirus ‘Political Hoax’ Hospitalized With Virus (Image via Facebook)
GOP Lawmaker Who Called Coronavirus ‘Political Hoax’ Hospitalized With Virus (Image via Facebook)

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