Sen. Rand Paul isn't showing symptoms of the coronavirus, but he tested positive for COVID-19. But that didn't deter him from the gym. Other senators saw him at the members-only area on Sunday morning. It prompted one former federal prosecutor to ask why Paul was out and about to begin with and why he was putting the lives of others at risk.
"Why was Rand Paul swimming and going to the Senate gym in the middle of a pandemic?" asked Renato Mariotti.
Why was Rand Paul swimming and going to the Senate gym in the middle of a pandemic? https://t.co/VVEFbuwCgq— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1584904145.0
Paul's office said that once he was given a positive diagnosis, he immediately went into quarantine. It's unclear why Paul still thought it was safe to be in public when he was waiting for test results.
It's a question those at the Senate are asking too, according to CNN's Manu Raju.
“You’d think Dr. Paul would have better judgment than to needlessly put his colleagues - many of whom are in the hi… https://t.co/p2CJY7gHsU— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1584921204.0
One of his followers explained it may be due to a kind of "libertarian selfishness" that prompted Paul to ignore physician suggestions for processes and precautions.
Others wondered why the gym was open, to begin with, when gyms across the country are closed. The members-only gym has now been closed.
@renato_mariotti WHY IS THE GYM OPEN????— (((Bad Hombre))) (@(((Bad Hombre)))) 1584904208.0
Paul is also a doctor who attended the Duke University School of Medicine.
See some of the other angry responses from people below:
@renato_mariotti Why? Because Rand only cares about himself.— ⓛⓜⓣ° ~ 🦖🏏 🌊 (@ⓛⓜⓣ° ~ 🦖🏏 🌊) 1584906459.0
@RebelScumTR8R @renato_mariotti @ECMcLaughlin Maybe they are trying to shut down Senate, so nothing gets passed.— Kathy Lansberry (@Kathy Lansberry) 1584905320.0
@renato_mariotti Because libertarianism is just psychopathy dressed up as an ideology to make it seem more socially acceptable.— NC "Facebook Delenda Est" Steve (@NC "Facebook Delenda Est" Steve) 1584904239.0
@renato_mariotti @dan_bernstein Because he’s a radioactively selfish, Ayn Randian mollusk— Dave Zirin (@Dave Zirin) 1584904268.0
Cut the bullshit. No one is claiming that Rand Paul went to the gym *after* learning his test results, but that he… https://t.co/nifQiWegyf— Polly Sigh (@Polly Sigh) 1584908905.0
I can't tell you how many times I warned Rand Paul about his hypocrisy, especially when it came to the Lord. Just sayin.....— Gramma In The Moon (@Gramma In The Moon) 1584911520.0
Rand Paul, how many colleagues did you infect today? https://t.co/9CdRoPgNcO— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet) 1584910877.0
And, Rand Paul is a doctor. https://t.co/AUBPHoGni9— Karine Jean-Pierre (@Karine Jean-Pierre) 1584908736.0
Wait, Rand Paul, that selfish prick, is a selfish prick? That Rand Paul? https://t.co/0ULTZUnmxm— The Rude Pundit (@The Rude Pundit) 1584908198.0
Rand Paul has tested positive for #COVIDー19. While he was waiting on his test results he went to the Senate gym and… https://t.co/gZ7tRhkwgj— Dr. John Biggan (@Dr. John Biggan) 1584908757.0
Rand Paul’s dad 6 days ago: “The chief Trump administration fearmonger is without a doubt Anthony Fauci - all ove… https://t.co/jno2Wcw5eY— John Harwood (@John Harwood) 1584909746.0