Florida State Representative Anthony Sabatini sparked angry backlash online this weekend after he appeared to mock news coverage of the raging coronavirus pandemic which has claimed nearly 290,000 American lives.
The Republican legislator, who represents the state’s 32nd House district in Lake County west of Orlando, tweeted: “CASES!!!!! OMG CASES!!!!! THERE ARE CASES!!! MORE CASES!!!! CASES ARE GOING UP!!!!!!!! CASESESESESESES!!!! CASES WENT UP!!!!! OMG!!!!!! THERES MORE CASES!!!!!!!! CASES!!!!!!!!!!! CASES INCREASED!!! THERE ARE CASES!!!! CASES CASES CASES—WOW CASES WENT UP!!!!!SCARY CASES! WOW.”
Sabatini’s callus tweet drew stinging rebukes from journalists who noted that his tweet came on the very same day that the daily death toll from the coronavirus reached the highest reported so far during the pandemic. More than 2,800 deaths were reported on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The previous highest death toll was recorded in mid-April.
People are dying by the tens of thousands weekly in America. Voters should throw you out for lacking a conscience and any sense of compassion. https://t.co/AAQx2ezx9j
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 5, 2020
You are a sitting state Congressman. Do you think you could conduct yourself with a modicum of decorum and dignity?
— Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) December 5, 2020
This many people died yesterday. And the day before. And will die again today. And more tomorrow. My sister is a widow. A colleague of mine died. And you think it's funny. You are a psycopath. pic.twitter.com/N5XyVjWCeF
— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 4, 2020
Thousands of people…including your constituents are dying you sick fuck. Is this how you lead your troops? If they get sick do you shit on them for not coming to drill? What a fucking embarrassment you are to the Army.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) December 4, 2020
— (((Golem))) The Anti-Sasse (@DanielBen_Del) December 5, 2020
You assholes continue to prove to me that the Republican Party was never actually pro-life.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) December 4, 2020