Texas GOP tried to dunk on people standing in line for Covid tests and it backfired

Texas GOP tried to dunk on people standing in line for Covid tests and it backfired

We guess it sounded smart before they hit send...

Republicans in Texas tried to make a point about voting in person by dunking on people who wait in line for Covid tests, but didn’t go to plan.

The Texas GOP posted an image of people lining up for Covid PCR tests, with a text overlay that said: “If you can wait in line for hours for testing, you can vote in person.”

It was a clear reference to expanded access to voting by mail across America, which came about in the run-up to the 2020 election as Covid swept the nation and the US was still working on a vaccine. It’s just one of the things Donald Trump used to try to fan his unfounded claims of election fraud.

There’s one immediate problem with the GOP meme, though - voting is typically done at an indoor location, while most big-city Covid testing pop-ups are outdoors.

But there was a far better response than that...

One person pointed out that given everyone can skip the line and take a home-based rapid test, by the GOP’s logic, everyone should get to vote from home by mail too.

Someone from Colorado chimed in to point out that their state already has that, and asking the knowing question of Republicans: Who could be against that?

Another person took a different - 2nd amendment-themed approach, and it was just as devastating:

Others made the very fair point that you shouldn’t really have to wait in line for either one:

There was a prediction that the meme could even we weaponized against them at election time:

Of course, the Texas GOP doubled down on their bizarre viewpoint.

And if trolling is the main aim, then we guess they succeeded.

If it was engaging the big issues of the day, however, we’d call it a fail.

According to Pew, a slim majority of voters (54%) say they voted in person in November 2020, compared with 46% who voted by absentee or mail-in ballot.

About one-quarter (27%) report having voted in person on Election Day, and an identical share say they voted in person before Election Day.

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