I’m exhausted from fighting off a virulent attack of schadenfreude that I caught reading the news from Texas late Tuesday afternoon. From the Austin American-Statesman:
The Republican leader, who is fully vaccinated, was asymptomatic after testing positive and is receiving Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment while isolating at the Governor's Mansion, said Abbott spokesman Mark Miner. "As you may have heard by now, I have tested positive for COVID-19," Abbott said in a video posted to Twitter late Tuesday. "I have received the COVID-19 vaccine and that may be one reason why I'm really not feeling any symptoms right now. I have no fever, no aches or pains, no other types of symptoms."
Miner said in a statement that "everyone that the Governor has been in close contact with today has been notified.”
Abbott made a public appearance one day prior to testing positive, when he spoke at an event in Collin County. Photos posted to social media show that he mingled freely with the mostly unmasked crowd to shake hands and pose for pictures.
I really hope he stays asymptomatic. Truly, I do. I’m glad that he’s able to afford the gold-plated treatment because he’s philosophically opposed to the cheap preventative that you can carry in your pocket, and that is handed out gratis at any hospital. (OK, I’m not that glad.) But I’m finding it impossible to fend off a manifestation of unbridled glee at the misfortune of the man who said, according to CNN:
The dramatic rise in unlawful border crossings has also led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among unlawful migrants who have made their way into our state, and we must do more to protect Texans from this virus and reduce the burden on our communities.
This was an unforgivably foul attempt to marry conservative anti-science with conservative racial bigotry, and it was exactly what wasn’t needed at this time in that place. And now this guy is testing positive. Sorry, but I’m getting a karmic chuckle out of that.
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