A U.S. Rep Was Mad About Howard University Receiving A Stimulus Package, So Bison Kamala Harris Set Him Straight
Rep. Matt Gaetz can't do math, so Harris, a Howard alum, stepped in to help.
March 26, 2020 at 6:46 pm
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris had to correct a fellow congressperson who seemed a tad irritable — and wrong —about the stimulus package Howard University will be receiving amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Washington Post reports members of Congress reached an agreement Wednesday on a $2 trillion stimulus deal to relieve businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus outbreak, and one Republican politician appears upset that Howard is receiving a relief package.Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz took to Twitter once the deal was finalized to express his concerns about how the stimulus package is being distributed.
“$13,000,000 in taxpayer funds could be going to families across the nation struggling to put food on the table in the midst of COVID-19,” Gaetz tweeted on Wednesday. “Instead, it’s going to Howard University.”
$13,000,000 in taxpayer funds could be going to families across the nation struggling to put food on the table in the midst of COVID-19.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 25, 2020
Instead, it's going to Howard University.
Education is important- but a $13 million check to Howard does not belong in COVID-19 relief. pic.twitter.com/uIT6yaTMUo
Harris, a Howard alum, is among the many voices educating Gaetz on the value of protecting institutions as researchers and scholars work to find solutions during the pandemic. She also checked his math and contextualized what portion of the stimulus package Howard would actually receive.
“The bill provides $30 billion to protect students and help schools, colleges and universities combat the coronavirus. This is $13 million,” Harris tweeted. “$13 million = .04% of $30 billion. Why do you take issue with cash going to Howard, Congressman?”
The bill provides $30 billion to protect students and help schools, colleges and universities combat the coronavirus. This is $13 million.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) March 26, 2020
$13 million = .04% of $30 billion
Why do you take issue with money going to Howard, Congressman? https://t.co/7nyaijShhd
Comedian Steve Hofstetter pointed out that Howard's hospital is a COVID-19 treatment facility and is located blocks from Gaetz's office.Howard University eventually entered the fray and chimed in with some “facts” of its own to set the record straight.
HU Facts: Howard University operates a world-class medical simulation center, 6,000 square foot state-of-the art simulated learning environment, offering resources to advance a comprehensive healthcare education program. pic.twitter.com/sCzTaSotw5— Howard University (@HowardU) March 26, 2020
It hasn’t been a great start to 2020 for Rep. Gaetz. At a March 4 meeting, he wore a gas mask to a vote on coronavirus relief. He was ridiculed for the stunt, being called despicable for the tasteless act.
There is no bottom for these heathens. Matt Gaetz is despicable.— 💙 Koko 🥁 💙 (@Kokomothegreat) March 4, 2020
Support @PhilEhr. He is running against this heartless asshole.
Five days later, he announced that he would undergo quarantine protocols as he believed that he had come in contact with an individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference who had been diagnosed with the virus, The Post reports.
Ironically, Gaetz — a vocal Trump supporter — accused Democrats of plotting against the president in a Fox News article last year. He wrote that Democrats hadn't been as critical of Obama as they have been of the current commander-in-chief.
“Where was the Scooby Gang when America needed them, when we had a reckless and destructive Executive Branch in desperate need of scrutiny?" he stated. "They were drinking the Kool-Aid, and pretending that nothing was wrong.”Hopefully, Gaetz takes his social isolation a little more seriously so he doesn’t spread any more of his stupidity — I mean, sickness.