As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., and as The White House expects that up to 240,000 Americans will die from the disease this year, both congressional Republicans and Democrats are working together to press Americans to heed the warnings and take part in social distancing.
But as most Republicans and Democrats elected are working together, some are not.
Unfortunately, some congressional offices and/or campaigns, are not willing to work with their respective opponents to help disseminate life-saving information about the spreading Coronavirus.
This appears to be the case in Florida, as Conservative investigative journalist and Republican congressional candidate Laura Loomer has alleged that her 2020 congressional opponent, Rep. Lois Frankel (D), has ignored here extended olive branch to work together during the pandemic.
In the letter, Loomer asks Rep. Frankel to join her in pressuring “Big Tech” social media companies Facebook and Twitter in reversing "the bans and suspensions of all Americans” banned from their platforms until the COVID-19 threat passes.
According to Loomer, on March 13th, her deputy campaign manager visited Rep. Frankel’s Boca Raton, Florida office with the letter asking the congresswoman to set aside any and all differences and work together to ensure that all Americans have access to daily COVID-19 updates via social media.
Upon entering Rep. Frankel’s legislative office, a staffer who refused to give her name, greeted Loomer’s campaign staffer and promptly kicked her out of the office and crumbled up the letter.
Here are a couple of excerpt of the letter Loomer sent Rep. Frankel:
“The purpose in writing you today is to set aside partisan differences in order to serve the people of Florida’s 21st Congressional District as well as Americans across the nation during the Coronavirus Pandemic that the CDC estimates will result in the deaths of 200,000 to 1.7 million Americans.
During this crisis, emergency resources will be stretched to a breaking point and for the sake of efficiency, state and federal agencies are publishing real-time, lifesaving information to Facebook and Twitter BEFORE they disseminate it through any other channel of communication. This is a precedent that is being set during natural disasters and other emergency situations, and will continue throughout the Coronavirus crisis.”
“I am requesting your immediate cooperation to inform banned and suspended Americans with real-time, lifesaving information from local, state and federal authorities. I am offering a gateway to reach this community with real-time information and tips that will increase the health and safety of our community that is home to over 180,000 Senior Citizens who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
There are now several cases of Coronavirus in Palm Beach County, which makes my request even more urgent. Please respond immediately to discuss this matter so that we can quickly work together in contacting those who have been blocked from lifesaving real-time information. The longer we wait, the more lives are lost. I may be contacted at any time on my personal phone by calling (xxx) xxx-xxxx.”
Loomer, who is considered the “most banned woman” on social media says that because her physical letter was dismissed and discarded, her campaign sent the letter electronically to Frankel’s legislative office, but has not received a response from the congresswoman or her office since the incident on March 13th.
“As you are aware per my previous communication with you, I am the most banned woman in the world, having been banned from all major social networks for my conservative views . . . and I am not alone.”- Laura Loomer
The Floridian reached out to Frankel’s Boca Raton legislative office and left a message requesting a comment from Rep. Frankel or her office.
We are still waiting for a response.
“There are thousands of Floridians who are left in the dark during this deadly pandemic due to the bias of tech giants,” stated Loomer “ Not only are we cut off from accessing real-time, life-saving information, we can’t even take part in online financial services like Paypal and Venmo while we’re told to stay-at-home. This situation demands immediate resolution.”
Loomer’s campaign representative, former Trump for President advisor Karen Giorno, took a tougher stance, stated that “Frankel’s actions aren’t just childish, their ignorantly dangerous to our community.”
Considering that Gov. Ron DeSantis has just announced a statewide stay-at-home order, Loomer's request of Frankel carries more weight.