Last Saturday's tornado in Central Florida caused damage of up to $12,000,000 and destroyed Rep. Joe Harding's (R.FL) Ocala home. His family was also present, but there were no injuries.
Harding said, “We are blessed. It could have been worse.”
The state representative added the following in a Saturday social media post: “This message is intended for all those who were affected by today's tornadoes in Ocala. Avoid being under trees as there are many hanging branches that are known as the ‘Widow Makers.’ Today was difficult for us all. There is so much to be grateful for. Material things can be replaced but human life cannot.”
USA Today‘s opinion columnist Michael J. Stern posted a tweet praising the news, linking the devastating event to Harding having written the parental rights bill in Florida that prohibits schools from teaching children sexuality from kindergarten through third grade.
“I'm not a believer but the tornado that tore through the Florida's ‘Don't Say Gay’ law makes me think again. Joe Harding, God thinks that you are a rotten bigot, and just b****-slapped [you],” he tweeted.
This kind of histrionics is not new to Michael J. Stern. He wrote, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, that everyone was “potential serial killers.” For example, in 2020, he issued this missive: “There is not a day that goes by where I don't wonder if my streak of good fortune is over. The person in front of us in the grocery line is wearing an [below]-the-nose mask–exhaling a cloud [of] radioactive COVID dust from his nostrils… We have a fighting chance with alcoholism, opioid addiction, and smoking. COVID-19, however, has made breathing the most essential part of life–a fatal event. The possibility that every breath they take could make them a deadly threat is what makes us hate our neighbors.”
Stern continued to warn that there is a danger of becoming a serial murderer beyond the stranger in the grocery store or retail outlet. It can also happen within our homes, against those we love the most.
He lamented that “what's worse, is the harsh reality that the people who we love and trust the most in this universe bring us the exact same risk. These are people we have close and regular contact with. A prolonged contact with someone we love–kisses and hugs, laughter, conversations–can lead to fever, blood clots, or fluid-filled lungs.”