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Democratic rep says red states are 'getting what was coming to them' for 'playing politics' with Covid-19

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A Democratic congressman from Massachusetts said "we certainly have this perception in the Northeast that all the red states are getting what was coming to them because they refused to follow these mandates, and they're playing politics" with Covid-19, as cases continue to surge in conservative-leaning states like Texas and Florida.

(CNN)A Democratic congressman from Massachusetts said "we certainly have this perception in the Northeast that all the red states are getting what was coming to them because they refused to follow these mandates, and they're playing politics" with Covid-19, as cases continue to surge in conservative-leaning states like Texas and Florida.

Rep. Seth Moulton's comments came in a conversation on Monday with Amy McGrath, a Democrat who is running for the US Senate in Kentucky, hosted by the 92nd Street Y.

A spokeswoman for McGrath's opponent in the race, Sen. Mitch McConnell, then tweeted a clip Moulton's comment calling him out for his comments and for McGrath's response in which she "smiles and nods. "

"We certainly have this perception in the Northeast that all the red states are getting what was coming to them because they refused to follow these mandates and they're playing politics with this rather than listening to the science," Moulton said Monday.

Moulton tweeted Friday that he does not "believe that personally, but it is true that some people in blue states have that perception.

McGrath responded to Moulton's comments in real time during the conversation saying, "the unfortunate thing, particularly with states in the south, is that as you said Seth, this has become politicized. "

Following their conversation, McConell's press secretary tweeted the clip of Moulton saying red states had it "coming to them," calling Moulton a "Liberal Dem. "

The conversation between Moulton and McGrath, both of whom formerly served as Marines, focused largely on leadership, and comes as many Republican governors were slow to implement lockdowns and quicker to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, following President Donald Trump's lead on the virus response.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a close political ally of the President, has largely mirrored Trump's language on the pandemic and continues to push to fully reopen schools as Florida has surpassed the total number of cases in New York, which was once the US epicenter of the pandemic, and hospitalizations in the state continue to rise.

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