Empower Wisconsin | April 24, 2020
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and his team have peddled fear throughout the run of the COVID-19 outbreak.
But this week the Democrat took fearmongering to a whole new level.
After the Republican-led Legislature filed a lawsuit challenging Evers’ overreaching lockdown orders, the governor fired off a burst of hyperbolic, maudlin tweets — each politically dripping.
“Today legislative Republicans told the 4,600+ people in the state of Wisconsin who have contracted COVID-19 and the families of the 242 people who have died, we don’t care about you —we care about our political power,” he wrote.
Today legislative Republicans told the 4,600+ people in the state of Wisconsin who have contracted COVID-19 and the families of the 242 people who have died, we don’t care about you — we care about our political power.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) April 21, 2020
“Read the reports of doctors rationing ventilators and having to choose which patients live or die. Read the reports of needing refrigeration trucks for the deceased, or even worse, being left at home for days because the morgue is overcrowded,” Evers tweeted.
Where is any of that happening in Wisconsin? What part of the state is dealing with makeshift morgues? Doctors forming death panels to decide who to save and who to let die? As Empower Wisconsin reported this week, the state has a total of 11,902 hospital beds, with 4,385 of those immediately available. As of Monday, 397 people were hospitalized with the novel coronavirus, representing about 0.0068 percent of the Badger State’s population, according to the Department of Health Services’ “Hospital Capabilities” webpage.
About a quarter of the state’s 1,258 available ventilators were in use.
“This is one of the most irresponsible things that I have ever heard from the Governor,” Esenberg, president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, tweeted.
Evers is effectively saying, “If you don’t want to just shut up and listen to me, you don’t care about people,” the attorney wrote.
“The lawsuit that was filed (this week) is about how we make the decision about what comes next. He knows that. And he ought to be humble enough to understand that reasonable people differ with him on that.”
Team Evers has shown it’s not fond of dissent. The governor is not above politicizing a crisis.
“Today’s action by legislative Republicans during a crisis is a shameful response by people elected to protect and serve the people of our state. It is a disservice to those we represent, those who are struggling in this crisis, and the economy we will need to rebuild together,” the governor added.
What Evers failed to mention is the impact his decisions have had on an economy that has shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, shuttered untold businesses and stripped civil liberties.
But those facts don’t fit the fearmongering.