Kentucky Mayor Posts Surprisingly Blunt Message on Pandemic to Constituents: 'Listen Up Dips**ts'

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Governors and mayors across the United States are on the front lines of the pandemic sweeping throughout the nation, issuing orders to discourage public gatherings in an effort to curb the growing public health crisis.

Nevertheless, thousands of citizens have ignored these orders, choosing instead to gather on the beach or even at church services despite the highly contagious virus that's thrust the world into a global pandemic.


As a result, some local leaders are growing more and more frustrated.

One of those leaders is Walton, Kentucky Mayor Gabe Brown, who didn't mince words in reiterating warnings to Kentuckians to take the virus seriously.

Brown said in a Facebook post to the Boone County Neighborhood Group:

"Listen up dips**ts and sensible people. I might not have the best bedside manor [sic]. I might not put you at ease like the Governor does, but I don't care. You need to realize that this is a serious ordeal. In fact, it's a big f**cking deal. Stay at home."

You can read the full post below.

Mayor Gabe Brown/Facebook

Brown went on to warn that, despite accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies, he wasn't sensationalizing the threat posed by the virus.

"I didn't give you information to induce panic," Brown wrote. "I gave you information, so that you would be informed."

He implored his constituents to take the pandemic seriously before continuing:

"I have no doubt that [the virus] hasn't already been here, but testing had been limited. More cases are coming. If you ignore this problem, the worst thing that could happen is that your mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunts, uncles could die."

He concluded with the perfect sign-off:

"Be responsible. If you don't, then screw you."

The post was flooded with Facebook users who appreciated Brown's bluntness.




The commendations spilled over to Twitter as well.




Brown is one of many who's been urging people to take the virus seriously.




We would all be wise to listen to Mayor Brown.

Particularly the White House.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.





It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.



The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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