Missouri Gov. On Reopening Schools: “These Kids Have Got To Get Back To School…And If They Do Get COVID-19, Which They Will….They’re Going To Get Over It”

Pretty bad, even for a Republican.

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Mike Parson, Missouri’s Governor since 2018, when the previous executive resigned just before he was impeached over felony invasion of privacy charges, carries a little controversy of his own wherever he goes. That’s to be expected from a Republican Governor of a deep red state, but during an interview with talk radio host Marc Cox, Parson stepped a little over the line into crazy, heartless villain territory.

The Show-Me State has amassed more than 1,100 COVID deaths since the pandemic began, despite a brief interlude with a shelter order from Parson, but that doesn’t seem to be fazing the Governor — he’s ready to pile children back into classrooms this fall, pandemic be damned.

That’s a sentiment shared by Republican Governors across the country and even the president himself, whose Task Force on the deadly virus has thus far indicated they wouldn’t be necessarily adhering to CDC guidelines regarding school openings anyway.


But it was the way that Parson said it to his host that’s got people raising their eyebrows. He seems to be pretty sure kids are definitely going to contract the disease, and he is surprisingly okay with it because he believes they will simply bounce back like kids always do:

These kids have got to get back to school. They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it. And most of it all proves out to be that way, if you look at the science of it.”

Not so much, Governor. In fact, the fatality age has been creeping ever lower since the pandemic began. But that’s science most Republicans aren’t interested in.


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