Senator Marco Rubio won’t make it to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address, it seems. He says he’s too busy. However, it’s not the whole event he’s too busy for — just the COVID-19 testing that attendees are being asked to submit to before joining the crowd.
Rubio didn’t say exactly what was taking up so much of his time that he couldn’t take a rapid test at some point Monday, but told a HuffPo journalist that he only takes a test when he’s sick, and that he doesn’t have time for COVID-19 testing.
Rubio says he won’t attend Biden’s State of the Union address tomorrow because of the COVID testing requirement.
“I don’t have time to go take a COVID test today. I only take a test if I’m sick,” he says
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) February 28, 2022
What he has made clear, however, is his contempt for the pandemic precaution, tweeting in December to declare that record numbers of Americans “testing positive for a sore throat” isn’t a crisis, but that the “irrational hysteria” of taking a test or missing work when asymptomatic is.
Record numbers testing positive for a sore throat isn’t a crisis
And people in the hospital for car accidents testing positive isn’t a surge
The real crisis is the irrational hysteria which has people with no symptoms waiting hours for a test or missing work for 10 days
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 31, 2021
Appearing on Newsmax last week, Rubio declared the requirement “absurd theater, COVID theater,” and said that it was one thing to take these precautions in 2020, when we were still learning how serious the virus would be, but “now we’ve got vaccines, we’ve got treatments, we know a lot more about it…it’s just theater, it’s just a game…I don’t need to sit there and go through all that just to make them feel good about how safe they’re being.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 24, 2022
The data isn’t all in yet for February, but according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, the United States lost another 60,000 lives — sixty thousand — to COVID-19 in January 2022 alone. The total number of deaths from the virus in the U.S. is rapidly approaching the one million mark.
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