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Republicans are doin’ memes during their coronavirus quarantines

The CPAC attendees have some time to kill.

May 8, 2020, 9:07 am*

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David Covucci 

David Covucci

A small swath of Republican lawmakers is undergoing self-quarantine after coming into contact with a CPAC attendee who tested positive for coronavirus.

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How are they spending their time as we are in both the thick of the 2020 Democratic primary and an epidemic is sweeping the world?

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Doing memes.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is likely tied to the person who affected the conference, is tweeting Zodiac killer jokes.

(You may recall a long-ago funny speculative theory that Cruz is the Zodiac killer, a comparison he has decided to lean into.)

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He’s also making Chuck Norris tweets because we are forever trapped in 2005 (or whenever the hell Chuck Norris facts were popular and avian flu panic was sweeping the world).

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In Cruz’s defense, he is also tweeting resources for Texas residents about the coronavirus.

Less defensible is Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who is also self-quarantined. He decided to crack a joke about meeting with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 86.

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“Fact check: there is no truth to the rumor that @SenTedCruz and I asked for a joint meeting with Justice Ginsburg,” he tweeted, apparently in response to a bit on a conservative radio show.

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It’s widely understood that the virus is much deadlier for the elderly. He added to his tweet, “#thatsnotnice” but a more forceful dismissal of a joke like that probably would have been more advisable.

But that isn’t the only “viral” humor Gosar has. He got resoundingly mocked for this meme.

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Gosar did weigh in on the election, but only by going after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

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In some non-meme news though, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who did an IRL meme by bringing a gas mask to the House floor, noted that his test for the virus came back negative.

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He will stay self-quarantined though, so there’s plenty of time to do a few more memes.

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*First Published: Mar 11, 2020, 10:21 am