Coronavirus Outbreak Empties Mississippi Capitol | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

published on July 9, 2020

THEY ARE AT A STATEWIDE PEAK INTERMS OF ICU UTILIZATION AND THELIMITS ON THE BEDS AVAILABLEIN NEIGHBORING MISSISSIPPI, MYGOD, DO THEY HAVE A SITUATION ONTHEIR HANDS RIGHT NOWI DON’T KNOW IF THIS HAS

RECEIVED A LOT OF NATIONALATTENTION YET BUT THIS IS AREMARKABLE SITUATIONTHE MISSISSIPPI STATE LEGISLATORIN ITS INFINITE WISDOM DECIDEDTHEY WOULD HOLD A SEVERAL WEEKS

LONG LEGISLATIVE SESSION INPERSON OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKSAT THE STATE CAPITOL IN JACKSONAND DURING THAT WEEKS LONGLEGISLATIVE SESSION LAWMAKERSLARGELY REFUSED PUBLIC HEALTH

RECOMMENDATIONS TO WEAR MASKSWHILE THEY WERE INSIDE THECAPITOL DOING THEIR LEGISLATIVEWORK, SITTING IN HEARINGS,CASTING VOTES AND ALL THE RESTOF IT

NOW LOOK AT THE HEADLINES ON THECLARION LEDGER NEWSPAPER INMISSISSIPPI AS OF RIGHT NOWFIRST ONE HERE, OUTBREAK ATMISSISSIPPI CAPITOLNUMBER OF INFECTED LAWMAKERS

GROWS TO 2626 STATE LEGISLATORS HAVE JUSTTESTED POSITIVEQUOTE, MANY POLITICIANS FLOUTEDRECOMMENDATIONS TO WEAR A MASKINSIDE THE CAPITOL IN RECENT

WEEKSNOW ABOUT ONE IN SIX MISSISSIPPISTATE LAWMAKERS HAVE TESTEDPOSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUSQUOTE, THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUSCASES LINKED TO THE OUTBREAK AT

THE CAPITOL HAS GROWN TO 36THAT INCLUDES 26 LEGISLATORSACCORDING TO THE STATE’S TOPHEALTH OFFICIALIT APPARENTLY ALSO DOES NOTINCLUDE TESTS OF ALL LAWMAKERS,

SOME WHOM RETURNED TO THEIRDISTRICT BEFORE THEY GOT TESTEDAT THE CAPITOLSO THE NUMBER MAY YET RISETHE LEGISLATORS KNOWN TO BEINFECTED ALREADY INCLUDE THE

LEADER OF THE HOUSE INMISSISSIPPI, ALSO THE LEADER OFTHE SENATE IN MISSISSIPPI WHO’STHE LIEUTENANT GOVERNORHE OVERSEES THE SENATE AND ALSOTHE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH

COMMITTEETHESE ARE ALL REPUBLICANLEGISLATORSNOW TONIGHT THE MISSISSIPPIGOVERNOR ALSO A REPUBLICAN HISNAME IS TATE REAVES, HE HAS HAD

TO DELIVER JUST A REMARKABLEGENERAL WARNING TO THE GENERALPOPULATION OF THE STATE OFMISSISSIPPIWATCH>> IT IS MY OPINION THAT IF YOU

HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ANYONEIN THE LEGISLATOR OR IF YOU HAVEBEEN IN CONTACT WITH ANY STAFFPERSON THAT WORKS AT THELEGISLATOR YOU NEED TO GETTESTED

>> IF YOU HAVE HAD THEMISFORTUNE OF HAVING ANY CONTACTWITH THE MISSISSIPPI STATELEGISLATOR YOU NEED TO GETYOURSELF A CORONAVIRUS TESTAND WHEN THAT IS GOING ON WITH

THE STATEHOUSE AND THE STATESENATE AND THE LIEUTENANTGOVERNOR AND THE STATE HEALTHDIRECTOR IN MISSISSIPPI IS NOWBASICALLY SAYING I DON’T CAREWHAT LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS YOU

GUYS STILL HAVE TO DO YOU HAVETO GET OUT OF HEREYOU HAVE CREATED A GIGANTICOUTBREAK IN THE STATE CAPITOL,LITERALLY IN THE STATE CAPITOLBUILDING

WHEN THAT’S GOING ON IN YOURSTATE CAPITOL IT IS PERHAPS NOTSURPRISING THIS IS NOW AS OFTONIGHT THE OTHER MAIN HEADLINEAT THE CLARION LEDGER NEWSPAPERRIGHT NOW

QUOTE, GOVERNOR TATE REEVES SAYSMORE RESTRICTIONS ARE COMING,POSSIBLY A MASKED MANDATEMISSISSIPPI IN PART BECAUSETHEIR ENTIRE POLITICAL CLASS HASJUST BEEN INFLICTED ALL AT ONCE

IN PART BECAUSE THEY NEGLECTEDTO FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCEABOUT WEARING MASKS MISSISSIPPI

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