The Michigan district represented by a newly-elected House Republican is still being ravaged by COVID-19 at one of the highest rates in the country, but she’s ignoring the damage its doing while she rails Trump-like about a stolen election and immigrants at the border.
Representative Lisa McClain won her election as a Trump Republican and hasn’t changed her ways despite his election loss to now-President Joe Biden. McClain has spent the first few months after being elected attacking the election results, and she was one of three Reps from Michigan to vote to overturn the 2020 Presidential election on January 6th.
McClain has also added her voice to the Republicans’ attack on President Biden over the immigrants at the border while her district is being hammered by a particularly deadly outbreak of COVID-19. Yet McClain openly eschews mask mandates and the other recommended social distancing measures from the CDC.
from lisa mcclain’s constituent newsletter, you would never even know her district is currently the state’s largest outbreak of COVID pic.twitter.com/Gcr2b1bVWA
— evil 👻😈 (levi) teitel (@lateitel) April 9, 2021
McClain also continues to insist that the biggest crisis facing America isn’t the coronavirus, but the “immigrant crisis at the border”.
🚨🚨The crisis at the southwest border is now a serious problem in MI. @HHSGov is opening a facility in MI to house unaccompanied alien children who illegally cross the border.
— Representative Lisa McClain (@RepLisaMcClain) April 9, 2021
During a recent COVID-related Town Hall where an observer described McClain’s behavior as “bizarre”, the lawmaker made a strange analogy where she compared the deadly virus to drowning; according to McClain, COVID had killed “less than 250 children, whereas 800 drown each year in America,” adding, “We don’t ban swimming pools.”
This just in. Lisa McClain doesn't give a shit about children#SAVETHECHILDERN
— Mathis 🍔 (@mathis1027) April 10, 2021
Presenting false equivalence arguments is nothing new for MAGA, but even Trump never stooped to comparing the statistics of dead children to make his case.
Locals also chimed in on Twitter to back up the stories emerging about McClain.
I can vouch for this. MI-10 is full of COVID-denying Trumpers. Lisa McClain knows the playbook – keep lying, keep them outraged over cultural issues, take their money.
— Dale Cooper (@A40227587) April 9, 2021
In November 2022, if your choice is between a woman that ran an $8 billion dollar business like Lisa McClain, only caring about profit margins, or a person whose ideas will actually give you a better way of life. Who does the normal working class person vote for?
— Brian Jaye (He-Him) Dem. for Congress M-10 (@JayeForMI) April 9, 2021