Unvaccinated man thought he was ‘in a low-risk situation’ – then he lost his leg to COVID-19

A unvaccinated Mississippi man is warning others after he contracted COVID-19 and ended up losing a leg -- an event that turned him from vaccine skeptic to vaccine believer, WVUE reports.

"I was unvaccinated," said Bryan Thompson, 43, who added that he was otherwise healthy. "I myself was a little skeptical and I felt it got rushed. I wanted to just make sure it was safe. We were in a low-risk situation. It wasn't like I was a front-line worker somewhere seeing hundreds of people a day. So I figured if anyone can take a little bit of a risk it could be us because of our situation."

"My blood pressure was 71/40, and my oxygen was in the very low 80s. I mean, I was on my way out," he said. "It probably wouldn't have been much longer and I would have died."

But after being discharged from the hospital, Thompson soon realized that his ordeal wasn't over.

"During the night, [the] pain increased to a level I have never experienced," he said. "[The] Worst pain I have ever felt in my life. My foot just... I can't explain it. Like, screaming-out kind of pain."

His wife Audrey rushed him to the hospital, where doctors found several blood clots in his leg.

"It eventually got to the point where there was just no hope to save anything," said Bryan, who pointed out that as a result, his leg had to be amputated just below the knee.

"If anyone can help at all, we would appreciate it. His medical bills will be astronomical, and I might have to take unpaid leave to help him. He is young and healthy and we never would have thought that this would affect our family this way... It's just been a nightmare situation and I urge anyone who has not been vaccinated to reconsider," his wife wrote on a GoFundMe page.

In a Facebook post, Thompson reiterated his newfound vaccine advocacy.

"My COVID bill is in and it is over 50k dollar. Luckily I have insurance and they will cover a great deal, but I still owe right around 20%... This amount does not included the amputation in which I actually expect higher amounts since I am still in the hospital and seeing specialists. Any amount helps. This will be a financial burden on my family, but God willing we will overcome."

Texas restaurant faces the wrath of the internet after staff get called out for humiliating Spanish-speaking teen

People in Gainesville, Texas, are outraged after a Facebook post claimed the owner of a local restaurant berated and humiliated a "teenage busboy" who doesn't speak English.

The post was made by Whitney Galubenski Vogl, who wrote that she and the group of people she was with witnessed "the worst experience we've ever had in a restaurant."

"We just witnessed the owner of Trails Inn (on Hwy 82 in Gainesville) cuss out, berate, belittle, and humiliate a teenage busboy (who was the only person cleaning tables in a packed restaurant)," Vogl wrote. "A waitress was carrying a big stack of plates out of the kitchen. She dropped them all, and blamed the bus boy for making her drop them. She yelled at him, then walked off and left all the food and plates in the floor. It happened right next to us, and it was NOT the boy's fault."

But it didn't stop there.

"Then our waitress starts yelling repeatedly at him 'Come on BOY, go clean up your mess.' Then the owner (I think he's the owner) comes over and starts yelling at the young man, in front of the whole restaurant, and he finishes by screaming at the boy that he's a 'F*CKING LOSER,'" the post continued. "Our friend spoke to the boy in Spanish asking if he's ok, if he has any family working in the restaurant with him (he doesn't), if he speaks English (he doesn't), etc."

On July 26, a post went up on the Trails Inn Facebook page saying that the restaurant "will be taking some steps this week to make it known to the community that we are on the track for the better."

"First off we will be giving the busboy of the incident ... a thousand dollars bonus check along with his regular payment for employment. We understand compensation is not enough and we have spoken personally with the busboy to work with him to better our environment," the post read, adding that the restaurant would be partaking in numerous initiatives "to show that we our behind the community 100 percent."

Angry residents have expressed their displeasure with the restaurant on their Facebook page.

"How dare you treat someone that works for you with such disrespect. I will NEVER eat at your restaurant," one person wrote on their Facebook page.

"Funny you turn off reviews? Why? Truth hurts huh! Can't wait to stop in on our way back from vacation to support that young man! That is if your restaurant is still open!" added another.

The restaurant has also faced backlash on Yelp, but the website has temporarily disabled new reviews from being posted.

"Don't eat here unless you want to support an owner who treats his employees like literal garbage," one Yelp user wrote in their review.

"Wouldn't spend a penny at this place. The owner regularly berates his employees in front of his customers. Further, certain employees are allowed to berate others too. Supporting this business supports bullying," another person said.

According to a report from News12, Trails Inn operations manager Goni Mena said there's "no excuse" for what happened.

"Nobody should be spoken to like that, especially a young gentleman just trying to get a paycheck at the end of the day," Mena said, adding that the waitress involved in the incident has been fired.

"It's not only me that apologizes, (it's) everybody in that restaurant. We have three generations of family working there....We want to help and do everything that we can to get back into the good graces with this community," Mena said.

Bibiana Rodriguez, who is a friend of the busboy's family, told News12 she is thankful for "everyone out there who had kind words to say about him."

"How they were helping him, the community has done an amazing job at that. We just want to thank everyone out there," Rodriguez said.

‘Cry more loser’: Trump brutally mocked as he rages that McConnell is giving Democrats ‘everything they want’

This Thursday, former President Donald Trump released a statement slamming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying that Republicans "continue to lose" under his "weak leadership."

"He lost Arizona, he lost Georgia, he ignored Election Fraud and he doesn't fight," Trump's statement continued. "Now he's giving Democrats everything they want and getting nothing in return. No deal is better than a bad deal."

But many of Trump's critics on Twitter see the message as a sign that Trump is losing the grip he once had on the Republican Party.

Trump's big Texas loss sent 'shockwaves through the former president's inner circle': report

The loss of Donald Trump-endorsed Texas Republican Susan Wright in her House special election race sent "shockwaves through the former president's inner circle," according to POLITICO's Alex Isenstadt.

Now, Republicans are worried that another Trump-backed candidate in a special election next week in Ohio, who is locked in a close primary, could suffer the same fate.

"Advisers worry that a second embarrassing loss would raise questions about the power of Trump's endorsement — his most prized political commodity, which candidates from Ohio to Wyoming are scrambling to earn before next year's midterms," Isenstadt writes. "More broadly, losses could undermine his standing in the Republican Party, where his popularity and influence has protected Trump's relevance even as a former president barred from his social media megaphones."

According to Axios, some of Trump's advisers have blamed the situation on the Club for Growth, a conservative group that reportedly urged the former president to throw his support behind Wright.

"[Trump] totally was taken to the cleaners by the Club for Growth," said Rick Perry.

According to former top Republican National Committee official Doug Heye, a "loss is a loss."

"...and for someone who touts himself as the ultimate winner, putting your thumb on the scale and then losing tarnishes that brand within the party," he told POLITICO.

The upcoming Ohio contest raise the stakes for Trump's endorsement power because it's a Republican-only primary, making it a "purer test of his ability to shape GOP nomination contests."

Read the full article over at POLITICO.

WATCH: Jim Jordan gets defensive as reporter grills him over his Jan. 6 call with Trump

During an appearance on Spectrum News this Wednesday amid growing questions surrounding the role some GOP lawmakers had in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, Jim Jordan (R-OH) was asked by anchor Taylor Popielarz if he spoke with then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6.

"Yes or no -- did you speak with President Trump on January 6?" Popielarz asked.

But Jordan did not provide a straightforward answer on the subject.

"Yeah, I mean, I speak with -- I spoke with the President last week, I speak with the President all the time, I spoke with him on January 6," Jordan said. "I mean, I talk with President Trump all the time. I mean, that's -- I don't think that's unusual. I would expect members of Congress to talk with the President of the United States when they're trying to get done the things they told the voters in their district [told them] to do. I'm actually kind of amazed sometimes that people keep asking this question."

Popielarz then asked Jordan if he spoke with Trump "before, during, or after" the riot, to which Jordan gave an even more elusive answer.

"Uh, I'd have to go -- I spoke with him that day -- after? I think after," Jordan said. "I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not, I just don't know. I'd have to go back and -- I mean, I don't know ... I don't know, uh, when those conversations happened, but what I know is I spoke with him all the time."

Watch the video below:

'Snowflake' Matt Gaetz gets buried in mockery for accusing man of assault for blowing a whistle

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tried to hold a press conference this Tuesday in support of people they say are being persecuted for participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, but the event was cut short by protesters, including one who showed up with a whistle to drown out the GOP lawmakers' speeches.

In a tweet Wednesday, Gaetz posted video of the whistler, accusing him of "assaulting" a reporter who was on the scene, due to the fact that the protester was blowing his whistle in the direction of the reporter who was asking him to back away.

"Behold the tolerant, pro-speech Left," Gaetz wrote.

But in the comment thread beneath Gaetz's tweet, his critics pointed out that he was being a bit over dramatic.

Trump's terrible day shows he doesn't have as much power as Republicans think: op-ed

Writing for NBC News, Chuck Todd and Mark Murray and Ben Kamisar contend that Donald Trump "sure had a rough day on Tuesday" as the House's Jan. 6 committee heard testimony from Capitol police who confronted rioters that day.

"Notably, Trump didn't comment on yesterday's testimony (but he did fire off statements on masks, crime and the Ohio-15 special election)," they write. "Then Trump's endorsed candidate in Texas' 6th Congressional District — Republican Susan Wright — lost to fellow Republican Jake Ellzey, demonstrating the limits to a Trump endorsement, even in a low-turnout runoff."

Todd, Murray and Kamisar write that while Republicans have tried numerous way to appease Trump, "they've never tried to marginalize a former president who, it turns out, doesn't have as much power as they think he does."

Trump's "bad day" could get worse now that the Department of Justice says it will not block former Trump administration officials from testifying in the commission.

Trump hasn't commented on the testimony at the Jan. 6 hearing, nor has he commented on Wright's loss.

Read more at NBC News.

Lauren Boebert throws 'mask in the face of a floor staffer' as she fumes over 'totalitarian' House rules: report

Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert doesn't like masks, as evidenced by her COVID-denialist rhetoric and her history of defying mask mandates in the House chamber.

Now, her dislike for masks is apparently causing her to lash out at people physically, according to POLITICO's Sarah Ferris and ABC News' Ben Siegel.

"Wow. GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert just threw a mask in the face of a floor staffer when she came to the floor not wearing one, per someone watching the exchange," Ferris tweeted this Wednesday.

"Rep. Lauren Boebert just threw a mask back at a Democratic floor staffer who tried to give her one, per source on the House floor who saw it happen," Siegel added.

The alleged incident come on the heels of a reinstatement of a mask mandate for the House.

"For all House Office Buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Committee Meetings, wearing of a well-fitted, medical grade, filtration face mask is required when an individual is in an interior space and other individuals are present," read an announcement from the Capitol physician.

This morning, the congresswoman tweeted a video of Trump to express her displeasure with the rule:

Trump should be forced to testify and respond to body cam video from Jan 6: columnist

While some Republicans continue to present their own version of events regarding the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the body cam video taken by police that day doesn't lie, columnist Charles Pierce wrote in Esquire this Tuesday.

Pierce points out that his insistence on the importance of body cam evidence is in no way meant to undermine the testimony given before the Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot by the officers who'd been invited to appear. But the video back up their testimony of the "nightmarish moments" that took place that day.

Now, Piece writes, Trump must testify before the commission.

"He has to be asked the tough questions, in some public forum, under oath. He has to be forced to watch the body-cam videos and to comment on them," Pierce writes.

"The rest of them, too, of course—the little attendant rats, some of whom got hilariously run out of their own press conference on Tuesday as the officers were testifying elsewhere on Capitol Hill," he continues.

"...Donald Trump has to be forced to confront what he did, and what he continues to do, to the country for which he does not give the smallest damn."

Read the full piece over at Esquire.

‘An embarrassment and a disgrace’: McConnell faces brutal backlash after saying he didn't watch 1/6 hearing because he 'had to work'

Speaking to a gaggle of reporters this Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked if he watched the House select committee's first hearing in its investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

"Did you watch any of the hearing today?" a reporter asked.

"No, I didn't," McConnell replied.

"Why not?" the reporter asked.

"I was busy doing work," McConnell said. "I serve in the Senate."

But McConnell's critics on Twitter weren't buying that excuse.

Newsmax cuts away from Officer Fanone's testimony and airs guest blaming 'BLM and antifa' for Capitol riot

While airing D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone's emotional testimony at the first House committee hearing to investigate the Capitol insurrection this Tuesday, the right-wing pro-Trump network Newsmax cut away to a guest who disparaged Fanone's testimony, claiming that the attack on the U.S. Capitol was actually carried out by left-wing factions.

Fanone, who was tased, beaten and stripped of his badge, said lawmakers who deny the violence of Jan. 6 are "betray[ing] their oath of office."

But as Fanone spoke, Newsmax cut to former Texas state legislator Rick Green, who said that it's nice to "finally hear Democrats say nice things about police officers."

"If this was a real investigation, we'd be asking ... who gave the stand down order? Why were there not enough police officers there? And, I gotta say, one of the officers said, you know, 'Donald Trump was egging [the mob] on instead of sending help' -- Donald Trump wanted more military presence there and more police officers there, and it was turned down, so why did Nancy Pelosi allow this situation to happen in the first place?"

"And why are we not asking the questions about all the video that we've seen of the Capitol police officers literally removing the barricades and inviting people into the Capitol?" he continued. "What they're after here is to take the ones that should be in jail for the violence and attacking police officers, taking those few, and trying to make it look like anybody that supported Donald Trump was a part of that. In fact, that was FBI informants, antifa, BLM, very radical anti-Trump people, we already know that, who were involved in this."

Watch the video below:

Unvaccinated teen with COVID-19 put into a medically-induced coma as cases surge in Florida: 'This virus is not a joke' – she 'was 100% healthy'

A South Florida teenager is in a medically-induced coma and has been placed on a ventilator after being diagnosed with COVID-19, according to local news outlet WPLG.

Paulina Velasquez, 15, reportedly planned to get vaccinated but hadn't received her first shot. Her vaccinated mother tested positive for the virus but only experienced mild symptoms.

"I just want to tell people this virus is not a joke, it's a real thing," Paulina's brother Tomas Velasquez told WPLG. "Before this, my sister was 100% healthy. Fifteen-year-old girl, always wore her mask, never took it off in public and this still managed to happen."

While children historically have not been hit that hard by the virus, Paulina's case is a reminder that children are not immune and severe illness in children due to COVID is still an occurrence.

The teen's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses.

"It's very hard, my heart is broken into a million pieces," said Paulina's mom. "I keep asking God, why, why my daughter, why not me in that bed?"

According to FloridaPolitics.com, COVID-19 cases are surging in South Florida's tri-county area. But now that vaccines are widely available, the death toll has not reached the highs seen last summer.

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Liz Cheney says 1/6 committee could subpoena Kevin McCarthy -- and even Trump -- to testify: 'This is not a game'

Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) on Tuesday fired back at Republicans critical of her role in the commission to investigate Jan. 6, saying, "This is absolutely not a game. This is deadly serious."

"There are some in my party, including Leader McCarthy, who continue to act as though this is about partisan politics, I think it's really sad. I think it's a disgrace," she told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

"The American people deserve to know what happened every minute of that day," Cheney said, adding that some Republicans are trying to "whitewash" the assault.

Cheney went on to say that the committee could subpoena McCarthy to question him about what he told then-President Donald Trump as the riot unfolded, and possibly Trump himself.

Watch the full interview below, via ABC News:

'Moron' Marjorie Taylor Greene brutally mocked as Twitter informs her that she doesn't know what 'segregation' means

In a tweet this Sunday, Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed a restaurant in her state after it posted a message to its Instagram declaring that it would refuse service to unvaccinated customers.

"This is called segregation," Greene wrote. "Will you be testing everyone at the door for the flu, strep throat, stomach bugs, colds, meningitis, aids, venereal diseases, Hep A, Hep C, staff infections, athletes foot, pink eye, croup, bronchitis, ringworm, scabies, or any other contagions?"

Greene was referring to Atlanta restaurant Argosy, which posted picture last week showing a sign put up at the establishment declaring, "For the safety of our staff, guests, and community...NO VAX NO SERVICE."

In the comment thread beneath her tweet, Greene's critics on Twitter pointed out that her definition of "segregation" is misguided at best.

Senate Republican made a massive error -- and it will have ‘significant consequences’ next year: op-ed

Writing for The Dispatch this Monday, Chris Stirewalt contends that when Senate Republicans voted to block the establishment of a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, they were handing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "powerful midterms weapon."

In doing so, Stirewalt writes, Republicans will have to deal with a committee of politicians selected entirely by Pelosi.

"Even better for Democrats, the committee itself is a powerful tool to divide and distract Republicans. Rather than outsourcing a difficult task to experts, Republicans have hired on loads of new problems for themselves," writes Stirewalt.

"It is certainly true that it is a point of pride for senators in both parties to look upon all actions of the House with disdain, when they look at them at all. But the select committee's work, which will begin on Tuesday, will have significant consequences for Senate Republicans' hopes of regaining the majority next year," he adds.

The effort to establish an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack died in the Senate after just six GOP senators joined with the Democrats, while 35 Republicans voted against it.

According to Stirewalt, Republicans who voted against the bipartisan committee "either genuinely oppose additional inquest into the attack or are too scared of a primary challenge to say otherwise."

"This is not surprising. Once they talked themselves into voting against convicting then-President Donald Trump for urging an angry mob to go disrupt the business of the legislative branch, a commission to investigate the attack was sort of beside the point. They ate frog first; they're not going to quibble about the garnish."

Read the full piece over at The Dispatch.

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