California Attorney Mark Meuser is running for U.S. Senate. Many Californians recognize Meuser for his work with attorney Harmeet Dhillon and the Center for American Liberty, and the civil rights representation they have provided.
Recently Meuser announced on Facebook he was running for one of California’s two U. S. Senate seats. His Mark Meuser for U.S. Senate page on Facebook grew steadily. Then, last Thursday, Meuser posted a meme on his Facebook page, and the hornets attacked. Meuser didn’t comment one way or another on the meme. All he said is “I’m just leaving this right here.”
Meuser told the Globe he thought it was just a way of opening up debate and conversation, like a lot of funny or ironic memes on social media.
The meme certainly did open a debate, and most of it quite unpleasant. A few thousand comments over the weekend turned into 19,000 comments by Monday… and a lot of them from mean girls.
Meuser said his Facebook page views doubled. “I have 686,500 page views, 11,000 reactions, 19,000 comments and 7,200 shares,” Meuser said. “I now have 1.2 million unique viewers on my Facebook page.”
Some comments were written out of fear of COVID:
“And people keep dying needlessly because they fall into the trap of thinking this is correct. Mark Mueser and all the other Conservatives who put forth these stupid statements should be ashamed of themselves. I’m quite sure that the majority of them know that this is bullshit and that people will die because of their posts, but they keep on pandering to anything that gets them a vote. When all your voters die because of your actions you’ll be out in the cold. This shouldn’t even be political, we should have all been behind it from the start and we’d be in much better shape and there would be several hundred thousand more of us.”
Omfg. COVID DOESN’T FALL FROM THE SKY, IT SPREADS FROM PERSON TO PERSON. IF YOU DON’T WEAR A MASK YOU COULD BE BREATHING COVID ALL OVER THE PLACE SO WHEN I WEAR A MASK I’M PROTECTING YOU FROM ME AND WHEN YOU WEAR A MASK YOU’RE PROTECTING ME FROM YOU. This is not on any level complicated.
Others tried to debate commenters with facts:
Some of those commenters need their mouths washed out with a bar of soap:
“I sincerely wish your parents had used a ‘genital umbrella’ so we could all have been spared your presence. Another fantastic case for birth control.”
Still others injected humor:
“Please wear your sunscreen. I burn easy.”
There were many insults directed at Meuser:
“California will put him in his place. This is NOT Trumpistan. We take covid seriously here. Just ask Larry Elder.”
“Well, when you’re talking to trump supporters, you need to speak slowly and use very small words.”
“We have to feel sorry for him. He got a poor education and doesn’t get science. Sad!”
When Mark spoke with the Globe, he said he’s worked on several huge legal cases involving legal issues surrounding COVID mandates, and in doing so, he’s worked closely with many epidemiologists whose expertise was used in the legal cases.
This comment doesn’t fit a category yet it got over 500 replies:
“People who compare rain and umbrellas to deadly pandemics, vaccinations and herd immunity do not get to call anyone stupid.”
But she was called a “Karen:”
“you got vaccinated though, what are you so worried about everyone else for? It’s pretty stupid to tell people what to do Mrs Karen or however you prefer spelling it.”
“The death rate is not 0.2%, It’s 2%. That means 1 in 50 people who catch the disease will die from it. Right now it’s spreading rampantly through unvaccinated populations. Vaccinated people are less likely to catch the disease, less likely to spread the disease, and less likely to die from the disease. Nearly all the people filling up hospitals in the south right now are unvaccinated.”
Meuser said he just thought the meme was funny. Turns out he says, he struck a nerve… the sciatica nerve of California. “These are the same people who complained incessantly about President Donald Trump’s ‘mean Tweets,” Meuser said laughing.
And for the record, Meuser said he didn’t design the meme, he just posted it. “I’m not that creative.”
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