The announcement on Sunday afternoon that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tested positive for the coronavirus while not showing any symptoms set off commenters on Twitter furious that a test was made available to the lawmaker while the nation's hospitals and doctors are literally begging for the in-demand testing kits from Donald Trump's administration.
Paul's Twitter account announced "Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person," making him the first senator to be afflicted.
That set off a flurry of critical tweets, some of which you can see below:
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and… https://t.co/ySGW4WuDLL— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1584898578.0
@RandPaul Yet he had the test that people on the front line cannot get- why, @RandPaul? You and the rest of the gop… https://t.co/93UOSotWdr— keconlon (@keconlon)1584900389.0
I don’t mind @RandPaul got tested. I think we should ALL have access to a free test!— PastryPlate (@PastryPlate)1584900396.0
Just to be clear, @RandPaul, a senator who receives taxpayer funded medical care, with no symptoms received a test… https://t.co/exUAYkQjMK— Billie XÆLish A12 (@Billie XÆLish A12)1584900387.0
@RandPaul I can’t test symptomatic Veterans.— Dimitri Drekonja (@Dimitri Drekonja)1584900264.0
My aunt had a dry cough and a 103.1 fever and couldn't get a COVID test yet @RandPaul is tested while being complet… https://t.co/ONGBzam67e— brandon keibler (@brandon keibler)1584900283.0
@RandPaul How did you get a test when asymptomatic? There are doctors and nurses and first responders who are being denied tests! 😠— Marcia Wolf (@Marcia Wolf)1584900355.0
@RandPaul So Rand Paul can get a test without symptoms, but the rest of us peasants cant? #RandPaulPositiveCovid19.— Professional Student, JD, LLM ⚖️🍷📚🎼 (@Professional Student, JD, LLM ⚖️🍷📚🎼)1584900371.0
@RandPaul This is a prime example of how fucked up the testing process is. Says he had no symptoms and wasn't aware… https://t.co/XYHLnDshF2— Automation Man (@Automation Man)1584900380.0
@tedlieu @RandPaul If he has no symptoms and no known contact, how did he get a test? I still know people who don'… https://t.co/UefhZpCqVY— Lindsay Carlucci (@Lindsay Carlucci)1584900373.0
@tedlieu @RandPaul He was tested because he is RICH and could buy himself a test kit and to "jump the line" ahead o… https://t.co/ybvL3zoWbv— DeucesWildBear (@DeucesWildBear)1584900378.0
@NBCPolitics @Morning_Joe How about questioning why he got a test when 99% of people with symptoms cannot get teste… https://t.co/DCI7tZdCUy— Robert Weinstein (@Robert Weinstein)1584900375.0
@RandPaul Not testing everyone is why this will last much longer than it needs to. Reading this, I'm going to go to… https://t.co/KWSSoRvOFY— Nasty Woman Voter 📬🗳 (@Nasty Woman Voter 📬🗳)1584900376.0