With Donald Trump still refusing to quarantine himself after having been exposed to the coronavirus, and now pretending that he’s tested negative for it, we suppose that “leading by example” isn’t something that’s in the Republican vocabulary these days. But even Trump grudgingly tweeted something in support of social distancing. That means Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is even worse at this than Trump is.
Governor Stitt posted a tweet depicting himself and his family at a “packed” restaurant on Saturday night. It wasn’t clear if he was trying to trick people into thinking it was safe to be out in such environments, or if he was just being that tone-deaf while putting his family at risk:
The contrast between the Saturday nights of the governors of Illinois and Oklahoma is pretty telling. pic.twitter.com/sRrBk4eKdc
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 15, 2020
Either way, Stitt received widespread negative feedback from his tweet, to the point that “Governor of Oklahoma” began trending on Twitter. Eventually Stitt deleted the tweet in question. Stitt’s other tweets inexplicably include praise for Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, which probably tells you all you need to know.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report