You may remember a fellow I wrote about last week — a GOP candidate in Pennsylvania who threatened to take “twenty strong men” into a school board meeting and physically remove the board for mandating masks for kids.
He then launched into a sort of free association game based on the word “men.”
“Men where are you?” he asked the crowd at the “freedom rally” he was speaking to.
Men wake up smell the coffee. Let’s go make men great again, right, make men men again. Let’s go men, I need you.
Well, it turns out he’s not the only anti-vaxxer who wants to solve all the world’s problems — at least insofar as they involve schoolchildren and COVID masks — by assembling a group of big tough burly guys to maybe beat some school board members up.
Earlier this week, in Manatee County in Florida, a pro-Trump group put out its own request for a “manly presence” at a school board meeting.
Never mind that masks were already optional; these people are mad that they have to fill out a form. Because, like most anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers, they are huge babies with a grossly overgrown sense of entitlement.
Anyway, in this case the group’s cyber-bark was worse than its IRL bite. According to the Bradenton Herald, the Tuesday meeting (which was actually about the school budget, not masks) was relatively free of disruption.
“[T]hough the message caused a brief stir,” the paper reported,
Tuesday’s meeting carried on with few disruptions. …
Just over two dozen maskless men and women attended the meeting in downtown Bradenton, quietly waiting for public comment and watching as the board reviewed this year’s finances.
Still, the manly (and womanly) brigade treated the board to a bunch of off-topic “public comments.”
One after the other, about a dozen people took to the podium and opposed the mask mandate before quietly returning to their seats.
Still, with so much talk of violence in the air, it’s really only a matter of time until some “manly” men actually physically assault local school board members or some other low-level politicos who dare to stand up to the anti-mask, anti-vax mob. And that is pretty alarming.
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