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Roy reacted to the Biden White House’s latest push to end the coronavirus pandemic — amid a recent decline in the rate of new vaccinations and the spread of the more transmissible delta variant— with this reworked version of the Texas “come and take it” flag:
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) July 7, 2021
Roy also railed against the door-to-door idea in another tweet, writing that “door-to-door by feds only really contemplated in Constitution for the census … and to protect our rights, eg 3rd & 4th amendments.”
The Texas Republican wasn’t the only conservative angered by the idea.
Roy has previously downplayed the risk of contracting the coronavirus, declined to self-quarantine and last month appeared to violate federal law by not wearing a mask on a commercial flight.
Critics suggested he was being feckless with his post.
Some just thought the image was of a marinade injector:
How can you make light of something that has killed million people. Just vile ...
— Tammie 🕊 (@tlccourville) July 7, 2021
OMG it IS a marinade injector... XD
— 💫SorcerusSupreme💫 (@SorcerusSupreme) July 7, 2021
"I am pro-COVID" is certainly a unique platform to run on.
— Dan Emerson (@dscapp) July 7, 2021
In addition to the general asininity & health risks that come with creating vax culture wars, as a political matter this is moronic. COVID vaccination is like a 75/25 issue. Why do the Republicans want to just hand this to Biden? https://t.co/uPkv7Gcpka
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 7, 2021
My body, my choice right?
What do you say about abortions? My body, my choice, right?
— Andrew Meckfessel (@ADMeckfessel) July 7, 2021
JFC. I remember polio. Do you remember polio?
— Pablo Diablo 🇺🇲 (@g0atb0y72) July 7, 2021
Imagine seeing the data on new COVID hospitalizations and deaths being tied almost exclusively to unvaccinated people and STILL refusing to believe the science.
— Johnny (@ChobaniPoolside) July 7, 2021
Egging my constituents into dying from a preventable illness to own the libs https://t.co/nHjRCNECPI
— Mark Gongloff (@markgongloff) July 7, 2021
Keep rooting for COVID.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 7, 2021
This doesn't convey the message you think it does, Chipper.
— Steed, We're Needed! (@ironwillwoman) July 7, 2021
This makes no logical sense.
The classic come and take it, implies you’ll get shot if you try and take the gun/land.
But if you come and inject it, you get injected? That would actually double vaccinations. https://t.co/rQKV1cOch6
— Aaron Parseghian (@AaronParseghian) July 7, 2021
much too thick to be a vaccine syringe. watch out, mr. roy, you’re going to give the “jokesters” on here ideas https://t.co/pumS4EAPim
— Christopher Hooks (@cd_hooks) July 7, 2021
Dying from the Delta variant... to own the Libs. https://t.co/xNoU16CjO3
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) July 8, 2021
I mean. It’s not exactly what I think he thought this was. https://t.co/ZcFtbOpYLU
— Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) July 7, 2021
I mean what does medical science know amirite? pic.twitter.com/CyuDgWT2ab
— Virginia Man (@991WHFS) July 7, 2021
The competition for "America's Dumbest Republican" continue apace. https://t.co/bPSHPFv8Y2
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) July 7, 2021
Look I know a lot of my followers have Photoshop skills and I just want to reiterate that this is serious and you should definitely not replace the silhouette of a needle with the silhouette of something else. https://t.co/EyuxiIB9r1
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) July 7, 2021
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