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Leaders using virus as political game are misleading

Using the kind of logic in which an 8-year-old could spot the flaw, Ohio Rep. Nino Vitale, R-85th, is urging his constituents to stop wearing masks, and to stop getting tested for COVID-19.

“This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED! It is giving the government an excuse to claim something is happening that is not happening at the magnitude they say it is happening,” Vitale said on social media.

It would be humorous if it were not so deeply disturbing. After all, this person has been elected to a position of some political power and influence.

To be clear, Vitale appears not to comprehend that scientific data that helps us understand where and to how many people the virus has spread does, indeed show us that “something is happening.” It is not an excuse being fabricated by the big bad government.

Moreover, Vitale appears not to have emotionally matured past the Ignore it and it will go away phase.

Those in positions of leadership who discourage precautionary measures and testing, or worse, call this pandemic a fraud or hoax are irresponsible, there is no other word for it. They are deliberately misleading and putting their supporters at risk. Those who descend to the level of politicizing the virus or suggesting we are better served by LESS information about it should be ashamed of themselves.

Surely their constituents now have a clear view of where their elected officials stand when it comes to dishonest and dangerous politics versus the best interests of the people.

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