AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Residence Speaker Ryan Fecteau criticized a Republican lawmaker for calling the coronavirus the “Chinese language virus” but he has no plans for formal reprimand.
Residence Speaker Ryan Fecteau talked about the coronavirus descriptor historic by Republican Get. Michael Lemelin in an email to an educator is “a racist trope” that used to be “offensive and inferior,” but talked about it’s finally voters’ responsibility to defend lawmakers to blame.
Lemelin, whose district entails Chelsea, Jefferson, Nobleboro, and Whitefield, seemed to downplay the seriousness of the virus, noting that no person used to be enthusiastic when a quarter of Erskine Academy used to be supposedly sickened by an unnamed virus in 2019. “Other folks want to stop working to the doctor and getting tested on the first signal of sickness,” he persisted.
He told the Portland Press Herald that he used to be simply referring to the foundation of the virus in Wuhan, China, and that he didn’t downplay the virus’ seriousness.
He referred a reporter from NewsCenter Maine to a Biblical verse and added: “It is a wise man who principles COVID, and a idiot who is ruled by COVID,” Lemelin wrote. “We are being ruled by COVID.”