Seeing Lauren Floyd’s diary, Ron DeSantis is at fault infuriated me and reminded me that Texas Roadhouse restaurant founder Kent Taylor died Thursday at 65 after taking life following post Covid struggle.

Taylor was trying to deal with long haul COVID symptoms, particuarly Tinnitus, a ringing in the ear:

“After a battle with post-Covid related symptoms, including severe tinnitus, Kent Taylor took his own life this week,” the family said. “Kent battled and fought hard like the former track champion that he was, but the suffering that greatly intensified in recent days became unbearable.”

Taylor was known for donating his entire salary during the COVID-19 pandemic to help the chain’s employees.

The abject evil of people like DeSantis, Abbott, Noem et al has no limit. Opening up everything is bad enough — but taking away the mask mandate is senseless and destructive. It’s not even greed, except in the sense it may make you popuular enough to get reelected and be greedy.

Or it’s pure ignorance on top of malice. And the toll is not limited to those who die from the disease in hospitals or nursing homes or at home. It includes horribly tragic cases like Kent Taylor, whose suffering must have been immense to take his life.

I’m a boomer. I’ve seen hate, war, rage, ignorance, racism and waste, but nothing compares to the malicious arrogance of Republicans.

 

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