Yesterday, the Republican National Convention was just a figurative shitshow. Now, with an outbreak of Norovirus plaguing California GOP staffers, it’s become a literal one.
I wish I could say I’m above this kind of Schadenfreude, but I’m not.
According to Stat News, about a dozen GOP staffers have been quarantined an hour away from the convention due to the contagiousness of the Norovirus, which causes explosive vomiting and diarrhea, fever, nausea, stomach aches and body aches. It’s typically seen on cruise ships, child care centers, and other social gatherings like weddings. And in the large RNC crowd where people are in close contact and shaking hands, the virus has the potential to spread like wildfire. That’s because the virus lives on surfaces, hands, and food.
California delegates who are showing symptoms are urged to stay in, they’re also being advised not to take communal shuttles or shake hands with anybody.
However, though the delegates are showing the telltale signs of the Norovirus, it has yet to be confirmed.
After an embarrassing first day at the RNC this is just more gasoline for the dumpster fire. The first day started with a protest over the convention’s refusal to call a roll call vote over a rule that would allow delegates to untether themselves from a candidate so they could “vote their conscience.” When that failed, delegates symbolically walked out and the Never Trump movement was squashed.
Then came the lineup of speakers associated with various right wing conspiracy theories, D-list celebrities, and your general fear mongerers who whipped the base into an emotional frenzy. And then came Melania Trump’s speech, who was quickly called out for plagiarizing parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech after receiving glowing reviews from conservatives.
The whole debacle made us sicker than the California delegates sans virus. And there’s still more to come. Perhaps there will be a swarm of locusts or a WWE-style wrestling match between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, anything can happen at this point.
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