On Sunday, between claiming he won the 2020 presidential election and yelling at Twitter to not to flag his misinformation campaign, Donald Trump informed the country that his good pal and attorney Rudy Giuliani had tested positive for “the China Virus,” aka COVID-19. Obviously, this was in no way surprising given that Giuliani swims in the same circles as Trump, where no one takes any precautions whatsoever when it comes to the highly contagious disease that’s killed more than 282,000 people in the U.S. and infected, to date, almost 15 million. Also unsurprising: that the former mayor of New York City may have spread the coronavirus to dozens of people as he flew around the country promoting insane voter-fraud conspiracy theories while refusing to wear a mask and encouraging others to do the same.
For example, the Arizona legislature. As in, all of it! Per The Washington Post:
For more than 10 hours last Monday…Giuliani…convened in a Phoenix hotel ballroom with more than a dozen current and future Arizona Republican lawmakers to hear testimony from people who supposedly witnessed election fraud. Giuliani and other attendees were shown maskless and not social distancing, and the Arizona Republican Party tweeted an image of Giuliani and lawmakers flouting guidelines to restrict transmission of the novel coronavirus. That defiance of public health advice came to a head on Sunday when Trump announced on Twitter that Giuliani had contracted the coronavirus. Hours later, legislative staff in Arizona’s Capitol abruptly announced a week-long closure of the state Senate and House starting on Monday.
The day after Giuliani publicly ranted about the election to Arizona lawmakers, potentially spewing viral particles, he held a private meeting with the state’s GOP leadership, including Senate President Karen Fann, state Senate Majority Leader Rick Gray, House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, according to a tweet posted by state Senator Vince Leach, which included an image of Leach and Giuliani, both mask-free, in a close embrace. The day after that, Giuliani flew to Michigan where he met with the state’s House Oversight Committee for five hours, none of which involved a face covering, trying to argue that election fraud had taken place. It was during that stop-off that he introduced us to star witness Melissa Carone, who naturally did not see fit to don any sort of protection:
Watch Giuliani while Trump’s star witness in Michigan is questioned. pic.twitter.com/kMG709hNGN
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 3, 2020
Rudy Giuliani, who just tested positive for COVID-19, asked a witness at a committee hearing to take off her face masks just days ago, claiming he couldn't hear her speak. (Nobody else had any issues hearing the witness except for Giuliani.) pic.twitter.com/36ft1zBaKG
— Chris Riotta (@chrisriotta) December 6, 2020
In an email, the Arizona House of Representatives told members the decision to close was “out of an abundance of caution for recent cases and concerns relating to COVID-19” and noted that “no one will have permission to work or meet in the building.” In the past week the states’s reported coronavirus cases surged by 56%, with reported deaths rising by 80%. After the email went out, the Trump campaign tweeted a statement saying Giuliani had “tested negative twice immediately preceding his trip to Arizona, Michigan and Georgia,” which might mean something if we didn’t already know, thanks to science, that Giuliani still could have had the virus during his three-state jaunt.
“This is the epitome of #COVID19 irresponsibility by members of the #AZLeg @AZHouseGOP and @AZSenateGOP,” state Senator Martín Quezada tweeted on Sunday. “You owe it to the very people who work in the Capitol buildings to be better than this.”
Thank you to all my friends and followers for all the prayers and kind wishes.
I’m getting great care and feeling good.
Recovering quickly and keeping up with everything.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 7, 2020
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