Repulsive Republican Representative Don Young, Alaska’s only congressperson, and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, has tested positive for COVID-19. Young was reelected on November 3 after defeating Independent Alyse Galvin. Young was first elected to Congress in 1973 during a special election when Democrat Nick Begich (1932-1972) was killed in a plane crash. Young tweeted:
“I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska“.Rep. Don Young (@repdonyoung) November 12, 2020
The 87-year-old is at high risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19 and other complications from the virus due to his age. He is the oldest current member of Congress, which is apparently filled with a colony of geezers. He is the last remaining member who has been in office since the Nixon Administration.
When the fetid mango-hued president signed his executive order that rolled back Obama-era restrictions on Arctic oil drilling, Young commended POTUS. The Arctic Refuge drilling controversy has brought Young into the national spotlight. Young has been a longstanding supporter of opening lands within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. He has included provisions to that effect in 12 bills that have passed the House of Representatives, but environmentalists concerned with the impact of road-building, pipelines and other development on the Arctic tundra landscape have successfully defeated such legislation in the Senate, so far.
Young has barreled through hallway interviews, aggressively grabbed staffers, brandished a walrus penis, referred to Mexican immigrants as “wetbacks”, held a 10-inch knife to the throat of then Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and refused to answer an allegation that he once killed a man.
In 2019, when the liberal group MoveOn.org asked him about the president’s call for foreign governments to investigate Joe Biden, Young head-butted MoveOn’s camera.
Young really dislikes federal funding if the arts because it results in: “…photographs of people doing offensive things“. When asked for an example, Young replied “buttfucking”, in reference to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe‘s exhibition The Perfect Moment in 2015. After receiving criticism for the use of that sex term, Young explained his choice of words by saying he was “trying to educate the teens“.
Young believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. He has compared gay relationships to bulls having sex. In 2007, he voted against protections for LGBTQ people in the workplace. He has stated:
“I do believe in the Bible. Always have and always will“.
He has voted for making gay adoptions in the District of Columbia for people who are not related by blood or marriage illegal, and in 2009 Young voted against sexual orientation being enforced as a protected status against hate crimes. Young has been given a 3% score on LGBTQ rights in by the HRC.
According to The New York Times coronavirus tracker, Alaska has reported more than 21,000 total cases of COVID-19 and more than 90 deaths. This week the largest state in the union broke its record for most cases reported in a day when 601 cases.