Tony Green is gay, Texas Republican who spent months calling the coronavirus a “scamdemic” and making fun of people who wore masks.
But then he and his entire family got coronavirus. In an essay for The Dallas Voice, 43-year-old Green admits that he was wrong,
“I admit I voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
I admit traveling deep into the conspiracy trap over COVID-19. All the defiant behavior of Trump’s more radical and rowdy cult followers, I participated in it. I was a hard-ass that stood up for my ‘God-given rights.’”
On June 13, Green and his partner threw a big party for their family, during which nobody wore masks or practiced social distancing. The next day, Green woke up sick.
The day after that, Green’s partner was sick. Then the family started getting sick. First it was his elderly grandmother, then his dad, mom, brother-in-law, and his sister, who had just given birth.
All 14 people who attended the party were sick, each testing positive for coronavirus.
“My father-in-law and I both went to the hospital on June 24.”
The virus had attacked my central nervous system, and the staff stopped me from having a stroke.”
His partner’s elderly grandmother was admitted to the hospital on June 25. She died on July 2.
“On the day of her funeral, which was July 14, five more of our family members tested positive for the virus. That evening, my father-in-law was put on a ventilator.”
Green says he has been tortured by guilt ever since.
“You cannot imagine my guilt at having been a denier, carelessly shuffling through this pandemic, making fun of those wearing masks and social distancing.
You cannot imagine my guilt at knowing that my actions convinced both our families it was safe when it wasn’t.”
“For those who deny the virus exists or who downplay its severity, let me assure you: The coronavirus is very real and extremely contagious.”
“Trust me, you do not want this virus. And you do not want your loved ones suffering and dying from this because you are taking a ‘political stand’ or protecting the economy over their lives.”
“I am calling myself out first, but now this is personal, and I fell on my sword. And I promise you, if we continue being more worried about the disruption to our lives than we are about stopping this virus, not one American will be spared.”