Liberals, Reporters Gloat Over Death Of GOP Congressman-Elect Because He Was Skeptical Of Lockdowns


Marlo Safi Culture Reporter
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Shortly after the death of Republican Louisiana Representative-elect Luke Letlow was announced Tuesday following his positive COVID-19 test, a number of reporters and liberals began to speculate about the 41-year-old’s policy record during the pandemic and use his death to condemn Republicans.

Some sought to juxtapose news of Letlow’s death with claims that he held maskless rallies and advocated for reopening businesses, framing his death as ironic. Others took shots at the GOP and its policies during the pandemic.

Letlow announced Dec. 18 that he tested positive for COVID-19, according to Politico. Letlow was in an intensive care unit at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is survived by his wife and two young children. (RELATED: Republican Representative-Elect Luke Letlow Dies Of COVID-19)

Dean Grayson, a doctor and former Democratic congressional candidate for Florida’s 8th District, referred to one of Letlow’s tweets from October where Letlow highlights that COVID-19 precautions have been taken and that it’s “vital” to open the economy. Grayson announced Letlow’s death while pointing to his “maskless rallies.”

A journalist at the Advocate noted in a story published after Letlow’s death that he wore a mask during a gathering the reporter attended, that Letlow had told him that he usually wore one and that his campaign utilized conference calls and Zoom to campaign.


Molly Jong-Fast, editor-at-large of the Daily Beast, also quote-tweeted the video where Letlow said the shutdown of businesses was causing great damage. Letlow’s account no longer exists, according to the Twitter label that appears when trying to view Letlow’s months-old tweet.

Aaron Rupar, an associate editor at Vox, also quoted Letlow’s tweet about reopening the economy in his own tweet calling Letlow’s death a “tragedy.”


Writer Nandini Balial also commented on one of Letlow’s tweets following his death.

Jemmye Carroll, a contestant from “The Real World: New Orleans,” used Letlow’s death as an opportunity to take a shot at Republicans, telling Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to “choke & die.”

Personal injury lawyer Max Kennerly said Letlow threw his life away “to selfishly benefit from anti-scientific political pandering.”

American author Don Winslow extended his sympathies to Letlow’s wife and children, and took a jab at President Donald Trump — along with Letlow’s support of Trump — in a tweet following Letlow’s death.

Professor and attorney Seth Abramson said he was compelled to think of all of the people who “died ‘for’ Trump” by ignoring the dangers of COVID-19 because acknowledging such dangers “would displease the Dear Leader.”