Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted on Thursday that the way to get a handle on the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the United States is to pay people to stay at home.
“To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home,” the self-described democratic socialist wrote.
These statements come as months-long negotiations for a second coronavirus relief package to soften the impact of the pandemic on the nation’s economy have been stalled, as tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed. The first package, known as the CARES Act, was passed back in late March and sent millions of adult Americans a one-time check of $1,200. The second package has been stalled predominantly because of disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over the plan’s price tag. However, a deal does not seem likely to properly materialize until the beginning of the new year.
In recent months, coronavirus cases have been surging across the country, which has pushed governors and local officials to bring back stricter guidelines and restrictions for everyday life to combat the recent spike in cases. Cases are also surging across the world, especially in Europe, where the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and others have significantly tightened their own COVID-19 restrictions.
In response to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) remarked, “You can’t make this stuff up. #StandUpForAmerica”.
Ocasio-Cortez, however, fired back at Roy and questioned why he voted for the CARES Act back in March and why he supposedly doesn’t support stimulus now, likely referencing stimulus bills passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives that were then rejected by the GOP-controlled Senate.
In looking through the responses to and the retweets of Ocasio-Cortez’s original tweet, which has received over 260,000 likes at the time of publication, there was a surprising lack of commentary of both big-name conservative and progressive lawmakers and pundits, aside from Omar and Roy. Tweets from the congresswoman have regularly gone viral on the platform.
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Last month the Biden administration appointed Sam Brinton to serve as deputy assistant secretary of spent fuel and waste disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy. Brinton is an MIT-trained engineer whose sexual fetishes include tying up his partner while he eats dinner and watches Star Trek, reports The Washington Examiner.
Prior to become high up the in the Office of Nuclear Energy, Brinton worked at the gay and transgender suicide prevention organization the Trevor Project. Even before that, Brinton has “a history of promoting sexual fetishes and kinks related to animal role-playing” adds the Examiner.
Libs of Tik Tok posted a photo of Brinton, wearing a black dress and heels, standing over three men with sexual fetish leather masks on the ground. The photo of the administration’s new hire quickly went viral.
“This is Sam Brinton – a drag queen and LGBTQ + activist who was just hired to a top level position at the DOE” the tweet read.
This is Sam Brinton – a drag queen and LGBTQ+ activist who was just hired to a top level position at the DOE. pic.twitter.com/2zN8s2iMUK
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 10, 2022
The student newspaper at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2017 explains how Brinton held a discussion on kinks and sex education at the campus. “Throughout the entire talk, Brinton was open about his experiences, the kinks he partakes in, and the nature of his relationships” the article stated.
It continued, “he left us with countless anecdotes, like how he enjoys tying up his significant other like a table, and eating his dinner on him while he watches Star Trek.”
Brinton holds a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and also previously advised former President Donald Trump on nuclear waste matters. The Department of Energy did not respond to a request for comment, reports the Examiner.
Senior analyst for Strategy, Center for Security Policy, J Michael Waller tweeted the Examiner’s article with a photo of Brinton wearing a dress and makeup on what appears to be some sort of red carpet event.
— J Michael Waller (@JMichaelWaller) February 11, 2022
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