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Fauci: ‘pandemic Phase’ Over For Us, But Covid 19 Still Here
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FILE - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Speaking Tuesday night, April 26, 2022, on PBS’ “NewsHour,” Fauci said the global pandemic isn’t over but the U.S. currently is “out of the pandemic phase.” But it doesn’t mean the coronavirus threat to Americans has ended.

MADISON, Wis. — Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman John Bennett is now advocating that Dr. Anthony Fauci be executed by a firing squad.

Fauci is head of the United States National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases and is medical advisor to President Biden. He has been one of America’s most respected public health officials for more than 40 years.

Bennett, who will resign as chairman Saturday because he is running for Congress, was cheered at a campaign event when he called for Fauci’s execution. My question is what in hell is wrong with Oklahoma Republicans?

A political party can’t honestly be held responsible for whatever some fringe politician wants to say in order to get publicity. But Bennett isn’t some “fringe” politician. He was elected chairman of the party in 2021.

And they knew who he is.

He has previously called for putting Hillary Clinton in front of a firing squad, called the Islamic religion a “cancer,” and posted a photo of him and his family holding attack-style weapons.

Bennett is, obviously to me but apparently not to Oklahoma Republicans, a nut case. I apologize to people suffering from mental illness for the comparison because very few of them are nutcases while quite a few Republicans seem to be just that.

Again, Bennett is not some fringe publicity seeker. He is the elected chairman of the Republican Party in Oklahoma. They reward craziness there.

Of course, we kind of reward craziness here in Wisconsin, too. The political news here is that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is keeping Michael Gableman on the job.

That came after Donald Trump promised to set up a primary opponent to Vos.

“Anyone calling themselves a Republican in Wisconisn should support the continued investigation in Wisconsin without interference,” Trump said.

Gableman has become the greatest embarrassment to Wisconsin politics in at least a generation.

He has, in turn, labeled one Milwaukee election official a probable Democrat because she wears a nose ring and plays video games and attacked Megan Wolfe, director of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, for how she dresses.

“Black dress, white pearls – I’ve seen the act, I’ve seen the show,” Gableman said of Wolfe.

At least he hasn’t suggested Wolfe be executed by a firing squad – at least not yet.