In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.
He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.
Each body bag costs $10. We ordered a few hundred tonight. Please consider chipping in $10 to cover the cost of a body bag. For every $10 contribution we will be able to order one more to hand out. You can contribute here: https://t.co/MmtDp1KgPi pic.twitter.com/1rj8Y7k4io
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) May 24, 2020
The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“ActBlue morbidly celebrating death,” he claimed, even though ActBlue was just the fundraising platform used.
“Please stop the hate,” Cruz asked.
But Uhfelder used the publicity from Cruz to try and raise even more money.
Ted Cruz just shared my fundraiser for body bags. Yes, it’s true. We are handing out body bags for free to beachgoers in Florida starting Saturday. Chip in $10 to sponsor a body bag: https://t.co/dmzJu8orvG
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) May 26, 2020
In January, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) complained about mean tweets from Uhfelder — and it backfired.