FLASHBACK: Arizona Lawmakers Ridiculed the Pandemic

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WASHINGTON — After reopening weeks ago against public safety guidelines, Arizona saw a huge spike in its coronavirus cases. Now, the state is overwhelmed as restaurants are shutting down again and hospitals are stretched thin to manage the influx in patients.

Republican lawmakers downplayed the pandemic and flouted health safety guidelines before the spike in cases. They were encouraging a disregard to health measures:

“Republicans in Arizona didn’t take the global pandemic seriously, and now Arizonans are paying the price,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “Their refusal to follow guidelines from public health experts highlights their callous disregard for the lives of Arizonans.”